Hi larryher and sorry for the late reply.
It wasn't so much that we didn't choose the mountain school as they didn't choose us! When my husband went back to talk to them further they were full for next year and didn't have a place for our son. The mountain schools do have roughly a normal school curriculum anyway, though.
Thanks so much Petrichor!
I've read your post: "Enrolling Older Foreign Children in Local Schools". Your story made a deep impression on me because I have similar worries than you had and also because once you were living there you and your son did a great effort. I hope everything was finally solved and that you and your son are feeling great right now
I am visiting Taipei this week (2nd August till 19th August) and I want to visit some schools, like you did... We will go to live there in February 2013 and if things go well we will be living there for at least 4 years but depends on things we could be living there much more. So I have to think like if we are going to live there for a long time. At the moment I am not thinking about where to live because we will go to live near the school.
As I said in my previos post my daughter Eva is 4 years-old and she will be 5 in february 2013. Of course I know that we don't have the same problem as Petrichor, Laguy and many others of you had with older kids but because English is not our language we have other problems...
Eva has already been attending school for 2 years in a trilingual school, Spanish-English-Basque (local language in the Basque Country in the north of Spain). I can imagine it sounds crazy but where we live the other alternative we had was studying only in Basque and I think we did well because at least Eva can understand some English right now and of course she speaks Spanish fluently.
The fact is that I am confused and I don't know what to do and I would appreciate very much your advices.
On one hand I would love Eva to learn Chinese but on the other hand I want her to improve her English and of course the most important thing is that I don't want Eva to live a bad experience but the opposite.
I was thinking to go to a bilingual school but when I read about the "mountain" schools I loved it, kaipakati's story is such a nice story that I just wanted to have the same experience. I loved the idea of few kids in the same classroom, loads of attention for every child, the environment, nature, learning Chinese. So I thought that It could be a great idea for Eva to attend that kind of school for 2-3 years (attending English lesson at home with a native English teacher) till her Chinese is good enough to go to a bilingual/international school with English too.
My questions are:
1.- Petrichor would you advice me to go to a "mountain" school for 2-3 years and later go to a bilingual school? (of course if the have place for Eva). Do you know if there are many problems to get in? Do you have any other suggestion for me?
2.- Does anyone have more information of "mountain" school? Names, directions, webs... I only have the website for Datun Guoxiao:
http://www.dtps.tp.edu.tw/ Are there other "mountain" shcools even if they are private schools?
3.- I have also hear about "alternative" private schools. Does anyone have any information about this kind of schools?
4.- I have also been checking aleegulotty's bilingual/international schools list but most of the websites English versions are really bad and I cannot get any information and also most of the schools are religious schools and I would prefer a non-religious school. Can anyone give me advice about bilingual / international schools?
I am sorry for the long post... I haven't been able to make it shorter
Thanks so much for reading me and for your advice!!!!