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General Questions

What is the admission process for new students?

(1) Sign up for an Open House session on our website, or click here.

(2) Attend Open House.

(3) Fill out the registration form.

(4) Schedule a time with us to chat with you and your child.

(5a) Admitted applicants will receive a notice of admission and relevant forms.

(5b) Waitlisted applicants will receive a notice. We will contact you if your child is admitted off the waitlist.

(6) Pay the registration fee.

(7) Student data is sent to Taipei City's Department of Education for approval.

Is Sunrise accredited?

Yes, Sunrise is an accredited educational institution.

Our approval number from the Department of Education is 北市教國字第1123001913號。

Our license number is 北市機構證字第030-1號.

Where will my child's student status (學籍) be registered?

Your child's student status will be registered at Neihu Elementary School.

Does our household registration (戶籍) have to be in Neihu district to attend Sunrise?

No, your household registration does not have to be in Neihu to attend Sunrise. Any Taiwanese family with citizenship can attend our school. Expat families must have a resident certificate (ARC) or legal residence to attend.

Does Sunrise accept transfer students?

You are welcome to call us for more detailed information.

What is the cost of tuition at Sunrise?

The tuition fee is 180,000 NTD per semester. There are 2 semesters per year.

 

The tuition fee covers teaching resources, classroom materials, counseling and intervention services, personnel, school equipment, etc.

 

We offer tuition assistance, so you may be eligible to pay a reduced tuition fee. Check out our tuition assistance page for more information.

 

For the 2023-2024 school year, Sunrise will cover all miscellaneous fees for every student. 

 

Tuition fee does not include lunch or after-school program fees.

 
Does Sunrise provide tuition reduction? What are the eligibility requirements?

You are welcome to read about our tuition reduction program for the 2023-2024 school year. Please click here for more information.

How long is the school day?

School starts at 8:00am and ends at 3:00pm.

From 3:00-5:00pm we offer after-school care at an additional cost.

Does Sunrise offer an after-school program?

For an additional fee, Sunrise provides the option to participate in after-school programs.

Students must be picked up by 5:00pm.

Is lunch provided?

School lunches are provided at an additional cost. We will cooperate with catering services to provide lunch for students who opt in.

Parents can also prepare lunch for their child to bring to school. Our school has a refrigerator and microwave that we can use to help your child store and reheat their lunch.

Specific Questions

What is holistic education?

Holistic education emphasizes and fosters the balanced development of each child. We believe that physical, mental, and emotional health are all equally important in a child's development. Therefore, Sunrise School aims to accompany and support each child as they grow into their complete and unique selves.

What is project-based learning (PBL)? Why does Sunrise implement PBL in our curriculum?

Project-based learning is a learning approach that originated from the theories of John Dewey, an American philosopher and educator. He advocated that schools should be student-centered and that kids learn by doing. That means that teachers are not simply giving information, but rather guiding students in active learning through problem-solving.  

 

Sunrise utilizes PBL because we believe that PBL makes learning more meaningful for students. PBL combines real world problems, hands-on activities, group discussions, peer collaboration, and critical-thinking skills. Through projects, students are given the resources and autonomy to inquire, research, explore, collect, and interpret various sources of information. Students become constructors of their own knowledge and have the opportunity to learn independently.  

 
How does Sunrise foster self-regulated learning?

Our curriculum is designed to integrate multiple core subjects and content knowledge under a learning arc. There are three to four learning arcs in a school year. Within each learning arc, students work on relevant projects that will ignite their curiosity about various topics. We encourage students to explore their curiosities, and provide them with the tools and guidance to do so. At the same time, we give them enough space and autonomy to independently construct their knowledge. By implementing each of these components, learning becomes meaningful and enjoyable. In turn, students continue to be intrinsically motivated to take leadership in their learning journey.

How does Sunrise implement social emotional learning (SEL) into the curriculum?

We value the healthy developmental benefits of social emotional learning. We have various parts of the school day set aside to focus on SEL. Morning Meeting at the beginning of the day is a time for students to mentally prepare themselves for the school day, build connections with their classroom community, and practice social skills. Closing Circle at the end of the school day is a time for students to reflect back on their learning, behavior, and progress. During this time, they are evaluating themselves as learners, friends, and team members, and setting goals to improve and better themselves. After long break times, we isolate a time for Mindfulness. This allows students to calm their brains and their bodies, and refocus their mind and energy on the task at hand.  

 

We encourage each child to express their thoughts and feelings. Since our curriculum is designed to be quite flexible, we have allowed wiggle room to address any social emotional issues that come up during the school day. These issues may be resolved privately, in a small group, or as a whole class, depending on the severity and impact of the situation. Through these interactions, students know that their feelings and thoughts matter. We hope to partner with parents to let our students know that no matter where they may face problems, that there are people who care about them and are willing to resolve these problems with them.

 
What does bilingual education at Sunrise look like?

Through an A:B model, students will spend one day learning and communicating in English and the next day learning and communicating in Chinese. By alternating between English-only and Chinese-only days, students can fully immerse in each language for a whole day. Avenues The World School is an established school in New York that successfully implements this bilingual model.

 

Our students' language development will be supported by two bilingual homeroom teachers (one whose native language is English, and one whose native language is Chinese). The Chinese Language Arts curriculum follows Taiwan's Ministry of Education standards. The English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum is adapted from The United States' Common Core State Standards. We hope our students can naturally switch between languages to communicate in different situations in their daily lives.

Where will students exercise?

There are 4 parks that are each a 3-5 minute walk from school (Wende No. 1 Park, Ziyang Park, Ruiyang Park, and Bihu Park). Neihu Sports Center is about 10 minutes away by foot. There are also more than 10 hiking trails in Neihu District.

 

Physical health is an important factor in holistic education. Therefore, we ensure that students are given sufficient opportunities to exercise through a combination of PE classes and outdoor activities.

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