Mission & Values

Mission & Values

Motto

Our school motto is AUT VIAM INVENIAM AUT FACIUM which means “Either I will find a way or make one”, emphasizing society’s need for entrepreneurial and trail-blazing leaders for the 21st century.

Mission

Our mission is to educate the whole person using the Dalton Plan to develop informed, globally minded, ethical, and caring individuals who contribute to humanity.

Hsinchu County American School (HCAS) seeks to develop well-rounded students who can become leaders in today’s globalized society. HCAS provides an academically rigorous and progressive educational environment along with activities that will develop strong character in students.

With the Dalton Plan as the foundation for the curriculum, HCAS graduate from HCAS will achieve the following learning outcomes:

 

Hsinchu County American School (HCAS) Learner Goals

Intellectual individuals:

Intelligence is not limited to  book smarts. All intelligences, including emotional, cultural, and other intelligences (as described by Dr. Howard Gardiner) are also valued.

Independent Individuals:

Students need the independence and freedom to pursue their passions. The Dalton Plan’s principle of freedom stresses “fostering independence and creativity, beginning with the individual's interests” (Marion Plexico, Dalton School, Tokyo).

Healthy Individuals:

Health is not limited to the physical body. In order to nurture the whole person, mental and spiritual well-being must also be addressed. HCAS students will be able to discern between what is beneficial and what is harmful to themselves.

Academically Competent Individuals:

HCAS is primarily an academic institute. As a result, the school embraces an atmosphere conducive to research, study, and the pursuit of truth. Lying, plagiarizing, cheating, and any other form of intellectual dishonesty are not tolerated.

Technologically-Literate Individuals:

In the digital age, it is now more important than ever for students to become familiar with using technology and other related skills. Given current events, there will also be a strong emphasis on information literacy,  particularly in navigating information found in digital media.

Social Individuals:

Students should be equipped with the social skills to successfully cooperate and collaborate with a anyone in the world. This means being able to adapt to a variety of social and cultural situations, while respecting different rules and customs.

Lifelong Learners:

Education is not limited to the classroom, but is a lifelong, ongoing process. At HCAS, students will derive pleasure from the process of learning itself, and see the process as the goal, rather than a means to an end.

Global Citizens:

In a steadily shrinking world, HCAS students should be aware of their status as global citizens. They should be mindful of their role, and dedicate themselves to contributing positively to the world community.

HCAS Seven Cs

The 7 Cs are the values HCAS promotes as the most essential  traits students should have in order to be successful in the 21st Century. These seven traits are not only meant for students to succeed academically, but also to develop their ability to contribute positively to the world community.

1- Commitment: Students are committed to learning, and see the value of learning itself, rather than as a means to an end. They are committed to using their knowledge and skills to contribute positively to society.

2- Communication: Students understand that in order to communicate successfully, they need to become familiar with a variety of communication mediums, from speaking to multimedia, and be knowledgeable of other communication standards and traditions.

3- Community: Students see their community in steadily expanding circles--from local, to nation, to the world community. They see themselves as members of the global community, rather than as simply a member belonging to an isolated group.

4- Compassion: Students display compassion and empathy for others, no matter how different they may seem to be. They fundamentally understand that we are all connected, and from their compassion take action to help others.

5- Critical Thinking: Students apply critical thinking to all areas, including themselves. They are careful when evaluating new information, and are able to navigate a variety information mediums in order to come to their own conclusion.

6- Collaboration: Students understand that while there is a time and place for independent work, ultimately their actions will affect others. They therefore see the importance of collaboration as a way to ensure everyone’s views are fairly represented.

7- Creativity: Students utilize creativity to go beyond what they know and understand to imagine what is possible, what could be changed, and what could be made better. They do not view challenges as obstacles, but as another opportunity to exercise their creativity.