Hsinchu International School

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Hsinchu International School
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#290, Niu Pu East Road, Hsinchu 30091
Taiwan, Republic of China
Type Private International School
Established 1981
Elementary School Principal Rowena Lines
Secondary School Principal William Butcher
Head of school Rowena Lines
Tuition Elementary: Approximately US$6,000; Secondary: Approximately US$8,000

Hsinchu International School (simplified Chinese: 新竹荷兰国际学校; traditional Chinese: 新竹荷蘭國際學校; pinyin: Xīnzhú Hélán Guójì Xuéxiào; abbreviated as HIS) is private, international school located in Hsinchu, Taiwan, Republic of China offering education to foreign-born students. Founded in 1981 by the Dutch Electronics Company, Philips as a company school for the expatriate families they employed, it later grew to serve other expatriate families. While the official name of the school is "Hsinchu Dutch International School", the Dutch language or curriculum have never been taught but the Chinese name reflects the history of the school.[1]

In 1988 the school became an independent, licensed school through the Dutch Trade Office. It is recognized by American Institute in Taiwan and the Ministry of Education, Republic of China. It began as a K-7 grade school, but added a Secondary Department and now offers Pre-K through 12 grade education. The Secondary Department (grades 7 to 12) received WASC candidacy in August 2008[2] and attained full accreditation in August 2011.[3]


In 2007, HIS moved to its present location: a newly constructed 5-storey campus adjacent to Xiangshan Municipal Elementary School. The school contains an auditorium, music studios, weight room, cafeteria, science labs (for both Elementary and Secondary students), a dance studio, computer lab and a library.

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Coordinates: 24°47′47″N 120°56′34″E / 24.7965°N 120.9429°E / 24.7965; 120.9429