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2014-06-14

Why should you apply to homeschool in Taiwan?


Warning: The information contained herein is for informational purposes only as a service to the public, and is not legal advice or a substitute for legal counsel, nor does it constitute advertising or a solicitation, and should not be relied upon in lieu of consultation with appropriate legal advisers in your own jurisdiction. It may not be current as the laws in the area of homeschooling change frequently.

Homeschool Review Board
Homeschooling has been legal in Taiwan for Grade 1 to 9 (國小、國中) since 1999 and has been recognized for Grade 10 -12 (高中) since 2011. Anyone, including non-Taiwanese nationals whose parents are both foreign nationals and has only ARC, can apply to homeschool in Taiwan. I have known an Malaysian missionary family whose kids has only ARC and have been approved by Taipei Homeschool Review Board (臺北市非學校型態實驗教育審議會) to study from Grade 1 on for many years.

Half of the Homeschool Review Boards members are homeschool parents and homeschool non-profit organizations representatives. There is even a foreign national homeschool mom sitting on the Board in Taipei. You may follow any curriculum, including those of your home country, when designing your homeschool program. However you must submit your proposal in Chinese. In the past there were families who have given their proposal written in English to a professional translator and then submitted the translation.

Student Status and Graduation Certificate
When your children complete homeschooling at Grade 6 and Grade 9, the school which manages their student status(學) will issue a Primary School Graduation Certificate and Junior High School Graduation Certificate respectively in both English and Chinese. Your children will also have full transcript in both English and Chinese issued by the school(with the grades provided by you) to be used for application in further study in either Taiwan or abroad. 

Without such certificate it is very difficult to go on further study in Taiwan as schools here only recognize transcripts from accredited schools, not homeschooling transcripts certified by the parents.  Applying to homeschool will give your children the option to attend senior high schools and colleges in Taiwan.

If your children hold Junior High School Graduation Certificate or you can proof that they have completed Grade 9 study from an accredited school abroad, you can also apply to homeschool your children from Grade 10 to 12. When your homeschooling application has been approved by the Review Board, you can choose to have the Local Education Authority to manage your children's student status.

The Authority will issue your children student ID cards which allow them to enjoy the same benefits as other senior high school students. Your child will also be entitled to a governmental subsidy up to TWD33,500 per semester, subject to means test. 

Upon a satisfactory completion of 3-year homeschool education at high school level, the Authority will issue a Proof of Completion which allows your children to continue their study in colleges in Taiwan. If your children need to study abroad, the Authority will authorize a municipal senior high school to issue an Graduation Certificate in English as well as a full transcript of the grades and subjects you give your child. 

If you have any further questions, please contact the Local Education Authority of your household registry or your ARC address.

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