Upper School

Upper School

Upper School Course Options

At Hsinchu County American School (HCAS), English, History, Languages, Math, and Science are considered as core courses. A student taking a full course load (honors-university preparatory and Advanced Placement courses) will graduate with 26 credits. 1 credit consists of 3 courses of 80 minutes per week (with 5 min break) for one year. School contact days are approximately 180 days per year. Entry into all AP subjects is restricted by prerequisites.

Freshman Year (9th Grade)

CoursesCourse Options
EnglishLiterature and Composition I
Social StudiesWord History I
World LanguagesChinese, Spanish, or French
MathematicsGeometry or Algebra 2
ScienceBiology
ArtsMusic, Art, or Drama (MAD)
Physical EducationPhysical Education

Sophomore Year (10th Grade)

CoursesCourse Options
EnglishLiterature and Composition II
Social StudiesWorld History II or AP World History
World LanguagesChinese, Spanish, or French
MathematicsAlgebra II or Pre-Calculus
ScienceChemistry
ArtsMusic, Art, or Drama (MAD)
Physical EducationPhysical Education
ElectivesAP Microeconomics, AP Psychology, or other available courses

Junior Year (11th Grade)

CoursesCourse Options
EnglishLiterature and Composition III or AP Language & Composition
Social StudiesUS History or AP US History
World LanguagesChinese, Spanish, or French
MathematicsPre-Calculus or AP Calculus AB/BC
SciencePhysics or AP Course
ElectivesInterested students may choose from available offerings including AP

Senior Year (12th Grade)

CoursesCourse Options
EnglishLiterature and Composition IV or AP
ElectivesInterested students may choose from available offerings
Senior Projectstudents may start in their junior year

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from Hsinchu County American School (HCAS), students must receive a minimum of 22 academic credits and fulfill the requirements in Arts, Health, Physical Education, and Service Learning (suggested 60 hours of service) listed below. Students may choose to do a senior project which will be given a credit as an elective. Specific departmental requirements are:

SubjectMinimum Credits RequiredRecommended for College
English44
Social Studies34
Mathematics34
Science34
World Language24
Fine Art11
Physical Education22
Electives43
Total2226

Time Table for Upper School

TimeUpper School
8:00~8:20House
8:20~9:45Period 1
9:45~10:00Break
10:00~11:25Period 2
11:25~12:10Lunch
12:10~13:35Period 3
13:35~14:25Laboratory
14:25~15:50Period 4
15:50~Depending on the activityExtra-Curricular Activities