Dear HAS Community,
I am extremely excited about the 2019-2020 school year, as well as moving forward in the future. Not only is this our 15th year, the school continues to undergo steady improvement in the areas of instruction, extra-curricular activities, and facilities. I am certain this will be one of the best years in the history of the Hsinchu American School.
We are currently in the 5th year of a six-year WASC accreditation period and are looking forward to our next full visit in the spring of 2021. Gaining full accreditation was an arduous process, but we are all proud of the outcome and how it has provided us a mechanism for continual school improvement. We will be sending our new vice-principal, Mrs. Heather Wilson, to the EARCOS Conference this fall to receive training to be our WASC representative on visiting teams.
We are also excited here at HAS with the opening of lower elementary grades for the first time in the school’s history. I have hired several fully certified elementary homeroom teachers who will bring a great deal of excitement and energy to the design and creation of this program.
The school is also currently constructing a dormitory that should be completed in the fall. This will allow students outside the greater Hsinchu area to attend our school and experience a great international educational program.
The Hsinchu American School has a great future ahead of us. I wish to thank all the parents, students, staff and teachers who make our school special.
Darin L. Murphy
Superintendent/Head of School