Taipei Adventist Preparatory Academy
Taipei Adventist Preparatory Academy (abbreviation TAPA) was a private international high school located in the Shihlin District of Taipei City, Taiwan. It is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. They have recently become The Primacy Collegiate Academy (TPCA)."
In 2002, Adventist College Preparatory Center (ACPC) was founded with the purpose of providing part-time English-language tutoring for high school students and college-placement assistance for students interested in attending English-speaking universities. During the first year, the school provided tutoring to 30 students and college-placement to 6 students. Throughout the following years, the student population increased and, in 2005, the English-language training was eventually integrated into an American curriculum high school. In 2005, the Academy had its first high school graduates—a class of three. In the fall of 2005, ACPC changed its name to Taipei Adventist Preparatory Academy or more commonly known as TAPA.
The Taipei Adventist Preparatory Academy continued to grow throughout the years until in 2012, it reached over 150 students. During this time TAPA had many successes. One of the most notable was the transition to becoming a 1:1 iPad school in the fall of 2011—the first in the Seventh-day Adventist school system (of over 7800 schools world-wide) and the first in Taiwan.
After 10 years of service to the students and families of Taipei, TAPA changed its name once again to include a stronger statement of the mission and goals it has for the school in the future. Its name is now The Primacy Collegiate Academy (or “Primacy”), and its logo has been updated to include symbols that directly relate to the school mission statement and also incorporate a color the represents the newness of spring: green.
Today, Primacy offers approximately 150 students an enriched, expanding academic program. Its fully functioning, transition-to-English-fluency training smoothly integrates into a traditional American high school curriculum. As educators, their passion is to provide a holistic, progressive 21st-century educational environment that includes not only academics, but also emphasis on the development of students’ characters through building healthy lifestyles, caring for others, and knowing God. The school hopes that through their experiences at the school, and opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom, its students develop habits that lead to success for them throughout their lives.
The following is TAPA/TPCA's official mission statement: "Empowering and motivating its students to develop wisdom, live healthfully, care for others, and know God."
Taipei Adventist Preparatory Academy was evaluated in March 2009 by the Seventh-day Adventist Church's North Asia-Pacific Division Commission on Accreditation and received a full 5-year accreditation until December 31, 2014.
- Lin, Mei-Chun. "Life in Taiwan: Meeting the Educational Needs of Expat Families. TAS and TES are the biggest and best-known, but in fact Taiwan has a total of 19 international schools – and not all of them are in Taipei and not all teach in English". American Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
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