Admission Criteria

Accordion Principles

We wish for families who share the same goals as Pao School to join our community. Pao School is a bilingual educational institution, and we believe that studying a language is a long-term process. Thus we do not encourage students to apply who plan to study at Pao School for less than two years. We look for the following qualities in our students:

 

1. Traits
  • Fluency in both English and Chinese, the ability to use Chinese or English as a second language
  • Passionate about learning and school, with a positive attitude
  • Understands the rigorous requirements for bilingual education, committed to academic integrity
  • Independent and a critical thinker
  • Shows ambition to learn and is willing to take risks  
  • Thinks of an individual as a part of the community, respect others, is able to cooperate with peers and has good social skills
  • Shows other positive character traits 

 

2. Role of the Family 
  • Support the mission of Pao School
  • Support the Pao School bilingual and multicultural education system
  • Support the Pao School curriculum, including the Cambridge IGCSE, the most popular international qualification for 14 to 16-year-olds, and the IBDP, which also provides an internationally-accepted qualification for entry into higher education
  • Support boarding life at Pao School
Accordion Admission Standards
1. Academic Integrity

Upholding academic integrity is integral to a Pao School education. It is also paramount to having a successful career and achieving one’s goals in life.   

 

2. Academic Assessment

Pao School has its own assessment criteria to evaluate applicants’ English, Chinese and mathematics ability. Based on applicant report cards (grades), we assess their overall learning skills, as well their specific ability to use resources and technology. Generally, these assessments can reflect whether a student is able to adapt Pao School’s academic environment; at the same time, they reflect the student’s academic level.

 

3. Conduct

In order to adhere to the rigorous academic requirements of Pao School, students must conduct themselves appropriately. This is also important for ensuring the campus environment is agreeable. We understand students occasionally make mistakes, but we also believe that those who misbehave and fail to learn from their mistakes are likely to suffer academically. 

Accordion Application Requirements

Year 1 to 5

  • Shanghai Hukou holder, Non-Shanghai Hukou holder but one of the parents of the applicant holds a valid Shanghai residence certificate, foreign national or the children of parents from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan who meet the requirements of Shanghai Education Committee
  • Must meet minimum age requirements; for instance, a new Year 1 applicant must be six years of age before the school year begins on August 31
  • Pao School will not be accepting transfer students for Year 5 during the school year 
  • We do not accept students seeking to skip or repeat academic years

Year 6 to 9

  • Shanghai Hukou holder, Non-Shanghai Hukou holder but one of the parents of the applicant holds a valid Shanghai residence certificate, foreign national or the children of parents from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan who meet the requirements of Shanghai Education Committee

Year 10-12

  • Shanghai Hukou holder, Non-Shanghai Hukou holder (do not need Shanghai residence certificate), foreign national or the children of parents from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan who meet the requirements of Shanghai Education Committee
  • Only Accept application for the first semester of Year 10 and Year 11