International Bilingual School at Hsinchu Science Park
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|International Bilingual School at Hsinchu Science Park
Sincere, Steadfast, Innovative, Transcending
|No.300, Chieh-Shou Rd.
Hsinchu City, Taiwan
Republic of China
|School type||National High School, Elementary School|
|Average SAT scores (2009)||1992|
|Website||(Chinese)  (English)|
The International Bilingual School at the Hsinchu Science Park (IBSH), formerly known as Bilingual Department of National Experimental High School At Science Based Industrial Park, is near the Hsinchu Science Park. It is part of a public, coeducational school (preprimary-12), National Experimental High School (NEHS). Founded in August 1983, the school was proposed by the founder of the Science Park Kwoh-Ting Li and administered by Ministry of Education, National Science Council and administration of the Park. IBSH only admits children of employees of private enterprises in the Park, government organizations, Industrial Technology Research Institute, National Chiao Tung University and National Tsing Hua University.
The Bilingual Department of NEHS changed its name before the 2008-2009 school year after a visit from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in the spring of 2008. In summer 2011, IBSH was granted WASC accreditation. It serves students in the English-speaking community who seek an American college-preparatory education or plan to transfer into the local school system.
The Bilingual Department had at least 700 students from Grades 1-12 enrolled for the 2008-2009 school year. Over half of these students were U.S. citizens. Students come from business, professional, government, and diplomatic families. 41% of IBSH parents have a PhD.
Each grade is split up into two classes, A and B, each with its own homeroom teacher. 39 of the 61 certified full-time teachers have master's degrees and two have PhDs. 38 of the teachers are East Asian, 18 are American, and 5 are Canadian. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:20.
Students are put through a challenging curriculum that follows an American high school format, albeit with mandatory Chinese classes. Many go on to attend prestigious institutions such as Harvard University, Columbia University, Yale University, Princeton University, Duke University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Southern California, Northwestern University, and University of Chicago. Honor courses offered include Math (9-12), English (9-12), World History (10), and many Advanced Placement courses. AP courses offered at IBSH include Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Calculus AB/BC, Chinese Language and Culture, Computer Science, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, Macro/Microeconomics, Physics C, Psychology, Statistics, US History, and US Government and Politics. In May 2008, 195 students took a total of 325 AP tests. 41.5% scored a 5, 18.8% a 4, 16.9% a 3, 8.9% a 2, and 13.8% a 1, with an average score of 3.625.
The class of 2009 had 51 students. Up to September 2008, these students scored an average of 639V, 699M, and 654W (combined average of 1992) on the SAT, well above the U.S. national average. Four members of the class of 2009 have been named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
While students must keep up with the rigorous courseload, there are also many active clubs, such as the Animation Comics Club (ACC), A Cappella, Student Government (BDSC), Circuit Breaking Crew (breakdancing), ShutterLensLight (photography), D.Co (Dance Company), Debate, Drama Club, Fellowship, Humane Society, GIN, InterAct, Key Club, Music Corner, Psychology Club, Vistas (newspaper), Freedomwriters, C-Scope (Cinemascope), and Yearbook. Many students are involved with Model United Nations, and participants attend the HSINMUN (hosts), TAIMUN, and THIMUN-Singapore conferences.
There are athletic teams grades 7-12 students may join. These teams play year-round and hold practices after school. Current teams include Badminton Team, Basketball team (Boys/Girls), Firemonkeys Girl Soccer team (co-ed), Huskies Softball team (co-ed), Boy soccer team, Seamonkeys Swim team (co-ed), NEHS Track and Field team, and the NEHS Cheerleading squad (co-ed). These teams have won games and tournaments at the city and county level.
IBSH has a semi-rivalry with the Junior High and Senior High Departments of NEHS, especially during Field Day, an all-school track and field competition held in early November.
Students host dances, concerts, and other events such as the back-to-school event (co-hosted by BDSC, InterAct, and Key Club), Beat Concert (co-hosted by InterAct and EDSC), the casual dance (hosted by BDSC), Sitcomania! (hosted by Key Club), Charity Night (co-hosted by InterAct and Key Club), the semi-formal dance (hosted by BDSC), Prom (hosted by the junior class), and Unplugged (hosted by Key Club).
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