The Dragon's Tale

The Biweekly Newsletter of the Kaohsiung American School

2020-2021, Issue #12: February 14, 2021

Dear KAS Community,

We hope every member of the KAS community had an excellent Lunar New Year holiday, and we wish you all a healthy, happy, and prosperous year of the Ox!


Thank you to the G9 and G10 parents who attended our G9-G10 College Counseling Info Session on Wednesday, February 17. The KAS counseling department is a professional and highly qualified team, and they work hard to help students achieve success. Please see the College Corner below for more information about what’s happening, and about future opportunities to learn more. Their door is open to parents, and you are welcome to set up a time for a discussion.


G12 families - please see below in IB Bits for some important information about IB Exams this year.
12年級學生的家人:請您瀏覽下方IB Bits的專欄來了解更多關於今年IB考試的資訊。

Parent Opportunities in the weeks ahead

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*Please note the presentation regarding GPAs and Weighted Grades has been cancelled. We will potentially follow up in future years with further information.
*請注意關於 GPAs and Weighted Grades 的說明會已經取消了。我們將會在未來幾年提供更進一步的資訊給您。

IB Bits

Ms Deborah Haines, IB/AP Coordinator IB/AP召集人

Will there be IB Diploma Exams in May?

五月的 IB考試是否舉行?

KAS was recently notified that, as things stand, we will be administering IB Exams in May. This decision was made after information was gathered from IB schools around the world, and our circumstances here indicate that KAS students will be able to sit for actual exams. In some parts of the world, this is not true. IB is making testing decisions on a school-by-school basis. IB exams are scheduled to occur between April 29th and May 21st. Be advised that students can not reschedule any IB exam.


In order for students to practice for these exams, Mock Exams will be administered to 12th grade students March 5 - March 11. Besides providing practice, these exams are often used by teachers to calculate semester grades. Students have received the Mock Exam schedule and should be planning and studying accordingly. Precise IB Exam and AP Exam schedules will be released next week.


We are starting to receive news about early admissions decisions and the impact of test-optional policies at many U.S. universities. Universities are sharing statistics about record-breaking applications this cycle compared to the same time last year.

New York University (NYU) for example just released data sharing they received over 100,000 applications for the first time ever. The University of California recently announced that the system received for fall 2021 admission the highest number of undergraduate applications in its history, even in the midst of a global pandemic. UC received a total of 249,855 applications, a 16.1 percent leap from the past year, from students who applied to at least one campus: 203,700 from freshman applicants and 46,155 from aspiring transfer students. Applications through CommonApp are up by at least 10% overall compared to the same time last year. UK and Canada schools are starting to release admissions information too.
例如,New York University(NYU)剛剛發布了數據,他們有史以來第一次收到超過100,000份申請。The University of California最近宣布,即使在疫情全球大流行,該系統在2021年秋季也收到了有史以來最多的申請。UC總共收到249,855份申請,比去年增長了16.1%,新生的申請203,700,轉學生46,155。與去年同期相比,通過CommonApp提出的申請總體增長了至少10%。英國和加拿大的學校也開始發布申請結果相關訊息。

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As we look ahead, it is likely that schools will continue to be test-optional for the Class of 2022 for most universities. A complete, updated list is available at


For Seniors, admission offers continue to come in regularly! We are celebrating the exciting news for each and every student as results are known. Ivy League schools recently announced in a Joint Statement they will release decisions on April 6, 2021.

12年級生,錄取資訊持續的傳來!我們要為已經收到通知的學生們歡呼,常春藤大學將會在2021年4月6日在 Joint Statement 宣布結果。

For Juniors, we are scheduling individual meetings with students. The priority is for students to develop a thoughtful list of universities and colleges. We will begin working on college essays and other parts of the application during regular advisory meetings.近來我們也都持續和11年級生們約個別談話時間,最主要的是讓他們建立一個初步的大學志願列表。我們將要利用advisory的時間開始進行論文和申請書的其它部份。

Thank you to our G9 and G10 parents who joined us for an introduction to college counseling services. We are looking forward to a series of advisory activities coming up soon with G10 students.

Please schedule time with us anytime you have questions or would like to meet about your child’s college applications. Good preparation and planning are key!

Find your student’s college counselor. Last name letter starts with:


A - L Cerise Roth-Vinson,

字母A-L Cerise Roth-Vinson,

M - Z Jill Newman,

字母M-Z Jill Newman,

We invite you to meet with us in person to answer questions and plan for higher education.

We Are KAS

KAS challenges students to achieve academic excellence and prepares them to be balanced individuals, independent learners, and global citizens.

Kaohsiung American School (KAS) is a private, non-profit, co-educational Pre K – 12 institution offering an American, college preparatory program leading to a US high school diploma and the opportunity for an IB Diploma.

KAS is located in the northern area of Kaohsiung city, the second-largest city in Taiwan with 1.5 million inhabitants. Kaohsiung American School was established in 1989 as an elementary school serving the needs of local and expatriate families with children.