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Does anyone know about this neighborhood or school? I am thinking of sending my son there, and also hope to get an apt. near it.
I edited the subject to 'Beitou' because I think that's the neighborhood you meant. Correct me if I'm wrong.
My kids go to Kuei Shan and my two girls started there at 5 yo in the kindergarten program. How old is your son?
You referred to it as an international school but it's a local one, bilingual. (Do they use 'international' now?)
It is very local and if I remember correctly you are considering a move to Taiwan. We like the school and feel it's been the best fit for our family. However, if you are new to Taiwan, just be aware that it will take some time for your son to adjust to the culture, life style and language. It's also important to know that if you're planning to enroll your son for the upcoming fall semester, you'll need to submit an application *now* and there is also a lottery system. There are two kindergarten classes, 22 per class at the start of the year. I understand that that number can go up midyear so you could also try to enroll for the second semester (bypassing the 'lottery').
As for the neighborhood and getting an apartment there--it is a nice area just outside Tianmu. Public transportation is easy with the MRT and buses (if you're able and willing to walk to Zhongshan N. Road which is about ten minutes' walk from Kuei Shan). After school programs at TYPA will be convenient for you too if you live in the Kuei Shan neighborhood but not always easy to register. Shopping would be pretty convenient too.
Important: Although Kuei Shan might be considered part of 'Beitou' (I always forget that), it is the Kuei Shan neighborhood that I would consider convenient, not necessarily all of Beitou so keep that in mind as you do your apartment hunting if you're searching online. Hope that helps some. Do you know where you might be teaching? KS?
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