In December 1980, the Taiwanese Government established its first hi-tech park in Hsinchu, a northern Taiwan city, to upgrade existing industries and to attract high-tech talent and technologies. In response to the needs of the workers in this community, the National Experimental High School was established in 1983. The bilingual department was named as International Bilingual School at Hsinchu Science Park. IBSH originated as a public K-12 school which would serve the children of professionals and scholars returning from overseas to work in the park, neighboring universities, and research institutes.
IBSH is jointly overseen by the Ministry of Education and the National Science Council, Taiwan R.O.C. The school is devoted to offering a Western curriculum that is college preparatory for universities in Canada and the United States, with extensive Advanced Placement course offerings. Composed of twenty four classes of students ranging from grade 1-12, the Bilingual Department has is own classrooms, science and computer laboratories, and music room while sharing the gym, track and field, swimming pool other facilities with NEHS.
Students in IBSH are required to take Chinese each year, and Chinese social studies course in Mandarin. In addition the school offers a rigorous academic program taught in English. Required courses include English, trigonometry, analytic geometry, calculus, biology, chemistry, physics, world history, American history and economics and physical education. A variety of Advanced Placement and elective offerings are also available. Throughout its history, IBSH has allowed students in the Science Park to choose between pursuing a path toward either Taiwanese University or Western University study.