YK Pao School
|Year of Foundation||2007|
|Enrollment Phase / Grades||Grades 1-12 (Largest enrollment years: 1, 6, 9, 10)|
|Boarding||Day School|Boarding School|
|Number of students||1411|
|Teacher Student Ratio||1:8|
|Accreditations||Council of International Schools (CIE), Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Min)||RMB 156'000|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Max)||RMB 210'000|
YK Pao School is a pioneering international Chinese school. The school is a non-profit private institution founded in 2007, in memory of shipping magnate Sir Yue-Kong Pao, the renowned Chinese businessman, statesman and philanthropist. With over 1400 students from China and overseas, the school offers a unique Year 1-12 educational programme that integrates elements of Shanghai and international curricula, culminating in Years 9-12 with the IGCSE and IB Diploma programmes, both of which are complemented by core components of the Shanghai curriculum. Pao School’s innovative Chinese-English immersion bilingual programme nurtures the whole person – the entire emotional, social, physical, and intellectual being – and prepares students to become engaged and responsible global citizens of the 21st century.Pao School is divided into Primary, Middle and High School. Primary School (Years 1-5) is a day school located in Shanghai’s city centre, while the Middle School (Years 6-8) is located on the new Hongqiao campus, and the High School (Years 9-12) is in Shanghai’s Songjiang District offering UK/US style boarding education as well as catering to day students.
CurriculumYK Pao School’s Primary, Middle and High School offer a unique rigorous curriculum, combining the world renowned Shanghai curriculum complemented by selected learning standards from around the world, while the High School offers IGCSE and IB Diploma Programmes, complemented by core components of Shanghai curriculum.
Languages of instructionMandarin Chinese and English
Foreign languagesIB: ab Initio French, ab Initio German
ExaminationsIGCSE exams (Grade 10) and IB exams (Grade 12)
Because our older three boys attended international schools that follow the British curriculum, we were looking for a school where Chinese – the language and the culture – plays a more dominant role. We were also looking for a school with a caring environment, not too big and a school that offers sports and other extracurricular activities. We chose Pao School because we liked the educational aspiration of supporting children feeling at home in the Chinese culture and language while at the same time following many aspects of an international curriculum. We liked the values and character education. We loved the teachers who are so dedicated and “into education” always trying to support the development of the children. And we love the community of parents which became a very important part of “our Shanghai”. The first weeks were certainly challenging as our son did not write any Mandarin or English and could not read. He took it step by step supported by teachers and a Chinese tutor and, despite the initial challenges, he loved going to school every day. He quickly concluded that the teachers and the classmates was what he loved at Pao School. He developed wonderful friendships across classes in his year group but also with older kids and through football. Break time is for sure one community building aspect. Beyond the classroom learning experiences, he loves his extracurricular science classes as well as swimming practice before school. He clearly has significantly more homework than his brothers who are attending another international school, but he has found a way to manage his time and to appreciate the deeper learning. And we as parents watch that there is always enough pure playing time. We love the teachers and the community – the fact that this community clearly aims at a holistic education, not just Chinese, Maths, English, etc. – but also the character and value focused education. The kids I meet at Pao School are curious, they love to experiment, they have fun together, respect differences and are quite conscious of their environment – socially and nature wise.
Having our kids in a Chinese-speaking environment was our main priority for primary school. We love that Pao School emphasizes Chinese culture, but also embraces a global perspective and wants to prepare the students to become global citizens. Pao School is fairly unique in that local and foreign kids attend classes together which to our minds is ideal. We like that there is very little turnover among the students each year. Many of the families at the school are able to communicate in English – and almost all of the teachers – so my husband and I have the added bonus of being able to get really involved at school as well. It’s as if our entire family attends Pao School – we all have a meaningful role to play at the school and are very engaged with the wonderful community of Pao families. There is undoubtedly an atmosphere of academic excellence at Pao School, but with an equal mission of building true character. We have focused our efforts on the unique and amazing Character Education program, which we absolutely love! A group of parents goes into the classroom for 30 minutes each month to explore one of the school’s core values with the kids – it’s a fantastic program and kind of amazing that the school gives us this platform. As parents, we definitely feel welcome at the school and the communication between home and school is outstanding. We have a weekly newsletter that is not only chock-full of information and updates about everything going on at the school, but also a warm connector that keeps our tight-knit community on the same page and thoroughly invested in the success of the school.