FAQs

 

primary Division

 
Accordion 1. General FAQs

1.1 What makes us special?

YK Pao School offers Chinese-English bilingual education programme that nurtures the whole person and provides a global perspective. Primary Division is a day school, while the Junior Secondary Division and Senior Secondary Division providing boarding education (day school option is also available). Pao School offers the IGCSE curriculum and is an IB world school.

 

1.2 What is the school’s teaching philosophy?

Pao School students should:

  • Embody the school’s core values and character traits
  • Independently seek, critically interpret and creatively apply knowledge
  • Develop their own unique passions and areas of strength
  • Communicate effectively in both Chinese and English and across cultures
  • Effectively collaborate and embrace team spirit
  • Demonstrate a strong sense of social responsibility
 

1.3 Where do Pao School students come from?

Pao School is diverse, with mainland China, Hong Kong, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia all well represented in the student body.

 

1.4 What are school’s core values?

Our core values are:


Compassion


Integrity


Balance

 

1.5 What is the school's development plan?

Primary Division (Years 1-5) is a day school located in Shanghai’s city centre, while the Junior Secondary Division (Years 6-8) and Senior Secondary Division (Years 9-12) are located in Shanghai’s Songjiang District providing UK/US boarding education (day school option is also available).

Accordion 2. Admissions

2.1 What is the admission procedure?

We expect parents to support YK Pao School’s educational philosophy and teaching approach. Please make an appointment via our website (www.ykpaoschool.cn). All applications to YK Pao School should be submitted online. Please upload the required documents on our official website to begin the admission process. We will confirm receipt of your application by email and arrange entry assessments.

 

2.2 May I visit to school? Are there any school events I may join to learn more about the school?

We welcome parents to visit our school and join our events, including our introductory meeting, open house, as well as meetings with volunteer parents and subject coordinators, speech events, etc. Please make an appointment via our website at www.ykpaoschool.cn.

 

2.3 Do you accept applications midway through the school year?

YK Pao School Primary Division may accept students during the school year if there are vacancies at the appropriate year level.

 

2.4 Do I need to submit an application fee?

There is no application fee.

 

2.5 Is there a birthday cut-off for applicants?

Yes, An applicant who wishes to enrol in Year 1 must be age 6 by August 31 of the entry year.

 

2.6 What are the requirements for applicants with non-Shanghai Hukou?

According to the Shanghai Education Bureau, mainland Chinese applicants with non-Shanghai Hukou must meet the following requirements:

Applicant must hold a valid Shanghai Temporary Residence Permit, and

  1. One of his/her parents holds a Shanghai Residence Permit; or
  2. One of his/her parents holds a 3-year Shanghai Temporary Residence Permit and has registered record of two-year consecutive flexible working arrangements in the community

 

2.7 Does Pao School enrol Chinese students?

YK Pao School is a Chinese school – hence, we enrol both Chinese students and foreign students.

Accordion 3. Curriculum

3.1 What curriculum do you use?

The curriculum for Year 1 through 5 is a unique programme based on the Shanghai curriculum and incorporates elements from other major international curricula. The rich and challenging curriculum provides students with strong fundamentals and teaches them to speak, read, write, and think in Chinese and English. It was developed in partnership with Chinese and international advisors and experts.

 

3.2 How does Pao School implement its bilingual programme?

The dual-language learning environment at YK Pao School is unique. We are one of only a very small number of schools in the world where a substantial number of Chinese and English native-speaking students are taught in both languages in the same class. This means that we not only teach in two languages, but we also offer a multicultural classroom environment. In addition, students are immersed in the two languages in specialised subjects such as art, music, PE and ICT. This ensures both languages are used in an authentic and academic way. In addition, some subjects are taught bilingually to ensure students have an understanding of skills and concepts in both languages. Over time, students at YK Pao School are immersed equally in both languages, although there may be variations from year to year.

 

3.3 How are students assessed?

We regularly assess student work in all subjects through unit and semester tests. From Year 3, all students take part in the International Schools Assessment for English and Mathematics. This assessment, conducted in English, allows us to benchmark our students’ reading, writing, and maths skills with those at international schools worldwide.

 

3.4 How does Pao School prepare students to become engaged and responsible global citizens?

At Pao School, the development of each child’s character is as important to us as the development of academic skills. Through a structured character education programme and a range of sporting and arts-based activities, we develop the whole child, thereby teaching students to be respectful, responsible and reflective members of the community.

 

3.5 Will students be issued any certificates upon graduation?

Students will be issued a Shanghai Certificate of Primary Education upon graduation from Primary Division.

 

3.6 What in-school and after-school activities does Pao School offer?

Activities are an integral part of an education aimed at developing the whole person. We have compulsory in-school activities every afternoon, including sports such as swimming, hockey, football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, and badminton, and arts such as orchestra, choir, calligraphy, drama, choir, handicrafts and painting.

We also offer a wide range of optional after-school activities to students from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.

We also offer many summer programmes.

 

3.7 What size are classes? What is the teacher-to-student ratio?

Our average class size is 26. The ratio of teachers to students is 1:7.

Accordion 4. Our educators

Every faculty and staff member at Pao School is committed to academic excellence within a caring and nurturing environment. Our highly-qualified, experienced, and diverse educators come from all over the world, including Australia, China, Canada, Germany, UK, US, New Zealand, South Africa, and Taiwan. Native-language instruction is provided in Chinese and English, and all educators actively participate in school activities and events, creating a uniquely multicultural environment for our students both inside and outside the classroom. 40%+ of our educators hold master’s degrees from such institutions as Columbia University, Fudan University, and Chinese University of Hong Kong. On average, our teaching staff have over 12 years’ teaching experience.

Accordion 5. School life

5.1 Does Pao School have athletics and music activities?

We have many sports teams, including football, basketball, and swimming, with a student participation rate of over 80%. Participating in a wide variety of sports activities gives our students the opportunity to cultivate an interest in and develop a lifelong love of fitness and sports. Pao School’s musical events are plentiful. We frequently host various types of concerts, performances, and music exchange events, both inside and outside the school, in order to provide students with a platform for showcasing their talents as well as improving their musicality.

 

5.2 Does Pao School have after-school activities?

In order to provide students with the chance to develop a range of important knowledge and skills outside the classroom as well as enhance their sense of team spirit, Pao School regularly organises outdoor camping activities, all of which have been extremely well-received by students.

 

5.3 Does Pao School organise charity events?

Both students and educators have given back to their community by actively taking part in charity events. Pao School has participated in the ‘Read to Feed’ programme since 2011. The campaign, which raises funds to provide financial assistance to rural families, has raised a total of over RMB 300,000. In addition, both educators and students alike have used various ways to show their support and concern for disaster-stricken areas, including Sichuan, Tokyo, Auckland, and the Philippines.

Accordion 6. Parent Teacher Association

Pao School believes in the importance of parent engagement as a crucial part of the education process. All Pao School parents, educators, and staff are general members of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), a welcoming and inclusive organization whose goal is to enhance the spirit, cooperation, and involvement of parents with the administration, office staff, and the educators.

Accordion 7. Others

7.1 YK Pao School Foundation

Great schools need outstanding resources.

As a non-profit school, all of the school’s income is used to fund the school’s operations and development. Currently, 95% of the income from tuition fees is earmarked for the annual operation of the school, with limited resources available to fund new programmes and development of the school.

The YK Pao School Foundation was founded in 2010 to provide sustainable funding to support the school’s long term development in the following ways:

  • To raise funds and resources for the development and expansion of the school
  • To supervise received investment and fund management
  • To allocate funds for long-term development of the school

 

7.2 Does Pao School provide school bus service?

We have a number of bus routes and can arrange transportation for students coming from most parts of Shanghai. We have a professional school bus team comprised of experienced drivers and bus moms.

 

7.3 Do students wear uniforms every day?

Students are required to purchase and wear a school uniform, which are crucial in giving students a sense of order and belonging. Uniforms also restrain clothing-related competition among students. The school requires students to wear uniforms every day. With the exception of Mondays, where students wear formal uniforms, students wear uniforms according to course requirements.

 

Secondary Division

 
Accordion 1. About YK Pao School

1.1 What makes us special?

YK Pao School offers a Chinese-English bilingual education programme that nurtures the whole person and provides a global perspective. Primary Division is a day school, while the Junior Secondary Division and Senior Secondary Division provide boarding education (A day school option is also available). Pao School offers the IGCSE curriculum and is an IB world school.

1.2 What is the school’s teaching philosophy?

Pao School students should:

  • Embody the school’s core values and character traits
  • Independently seek, critically interpret and creatively apply knowledge
  • Develop their own unique passions and areas of strength
  • Communicate effectively in both Chinese and English and across cultures
  • Effectively collaborate and embrace team spirit
  • Demonstrate a strong sense of social responsibility

 

1.3 Where do Pao School students come from?

Pao School is diverse, with mainland China, Hong Kong, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia all well represented in the student body.

 

1.4 What are the school’s core values?

Our core values are:


Compassion


Integrity


Balance

Accordion 2. Admissions

2.1 What is the admissions procedure?

We expect parents to support Pao School’s educational philosophy and teaching approach. Please register on our website (www.ykpaoschool.cn). All applications to YK Pao School should be submitted online. Please upload the required documents, including an official English language exam report (TOEFL Junior, TOEFL or IELTS, etc.), on our official website to begin the admission process. We will confirm receipt of your application via email and arrange entry assessments.

 

2.2 May I visit the school? Are there any school events I may join to learn more about the school?

We welcome parents to visit our school and join our events, including our introductory meeting, open house, meetings with volunteer parents and subject coordinators as well as speaking events. Please register on our website: www.ykpaoschool.cn

 

2.3 Do you accept applications for short-term study?

For domestic students from Mainland China, we accept students for long-term study first if all conditions are the same. For international students, we hope they finish at least one term of academic study.

 

2.4 Do you accept students who wish to skip years or those who want to repeat a year?

No. All students must go through the normal application procedure for their respective years.

 

2.5 Can students from outside Shanghai apply for 7-day boarding (including weekends)?

  1. We do not accept local Shanghai students for 7-day boarding.
  2. We do not accept Year 6, 7 or 8 students for 7-day boarding.
  3. Students in other years require the School’s approval if they apply for 7-day boarding.

 

2.6 Do you accept transfer students?

Yes, if there are vacancies, we accept transfer students’ applications every term. However, we will not accept transfer students under the following conditions:

  1. In the second term of Year 9, with the exception of students from outside Shanghai and international students.
  2. In the second term of Year 10 and second term of Year 11.
  3. For the duration of Year 12.

 

2.7 I am a student in the third year of junior high school (Year 9). How do I apply for Year 10 at Pao School?

According to the Provisions of the Shanghai Municipal Board of Education, those who want to enrol in Year 10 at Pao School must pass the Pao School independent entrance exam to receive pre-acceptance. They also need to write the local Zhong Kao (an examination) organised by the relevant authorities and meet the minimum requirements in order to be officially accepted to Pao School.

 

2.8 Do I need to submit an application fee?

There is no application fee.

 

2.9 What are the requirements for applicants holding non-Shanghai Hukou?

According to the Shanghai Education Bureau, mainland Chinese applicants with non-Shanghai Hukou must meet the following requirements:

Applicant must hold a valid Shanghai Temporary Residence Permit, and

  1. One of his/her parents holds a Shanghai Residence Permit; or
  2. One of his/her parents holds a 3-year Shanghai Temporary Residence Permit and has a registered record of two-year consecutive flexible working arrangements in the community.
Accordion 3. Curriculum

3. 1 What curriculum do you use?

We have designed a unique ‘Shanghai Plus’ curriculum for Years 6 through 8 which integrates the Shanghai local curriculum and the British National Curriculum. In Years 9 and 10, students study the two-year International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) curriculum, a leading international curriculum developed by Cambridge International Examinations and used in over 120 countries. In Years 11 and 12, students enrol in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, a leading university preparation curriculum used in over 140 countries and recognised by universities around the world. Pao School Secondary Division is an IB World School as of March 2015. Beginning in Year 9, approximately 85% of instruction will be in English.

 

3.2 How is the bilingual programme organised?

Pao School uses a Dual Language Immersion Programme. Two languages are used as instructional medium in teaching and learning. Using a carefully-planned curriculum, children excel in academic contents and language competence in both languages. Instructional time is devoted to both languages to achieve paralleled and balanced language and content goals.

Pao School is a boarding school, and as such, students are exposed to a genuine immersion environment in both languages inside and outside the classroom. Chinese and international teachers live in dormitory houses with both Chinese and international students, so students enjoy a dual-language environment throughout their waking hours.

 

3.3 Will English and Chinese be streamed?

In order to ensure a student-centred programme and that all students attain a good level of proficiency in both languages, we will stream both Chinese and English tuition from Years 6 to 9.

 

3.4 How are students assessed?

Pao School’s curriculum is process-centred as opposed to outcome-centred: We endeavour to prevent assessments from driving the curriculum. Instead, we ensure our students develop a broad range of skills and knowledge that may not be tested in national examinations. However, we also recognise the need for accountability and do assess students regularly. At the Junior Secondary level, assessments are conducted on an internal basis. Teachers use formative and summative assessments to monitor students' learning progress. Mainland Chinese students are required to attend the Pao High School Entrance Examination (Zhisheng Kao) to obtain a recognised Chinese Junior Secondary Diploma upon completion. To evaluate progress in English and Mathematics, students also participate in the International Schools Assessment, which benchmarks ours students’ reading, writing, and mathematics skills with those at international schools worldwide. In Years 9 and 10, students attend IGCSE assessments. In Years 11 and 12, students attend IB assessments, as well as specific university admissions examinations such as the SAT for US universities.

 

3.5 What in-school and after-school activities does Pao School offer?

Activities are an integral part of an education aimed at developing the whole person. We offer a wide-range of compulsory and optional activities, ranging from sports, music, theatre, and dance to community service and clubs. Our club programme provides a chance for students to choose what to do with their time and we offer a range of different clubs. We encourage students to establish and run their own clubs to develop their leadership skills. They may opt to join existing student-led or teacher-led clubs or enjoy some quiet time to themselves and study or read in the library. Making the correct choices is an important skill for our students to learn and this gives them the opportunity to choose what will be the most productive use of their time.

 

3.6 What size are classes? What is the teacher to student ratio?

Our average class size is approximately 26. The ratio of teachers to students is 1:5.

Accordion 4. Teachers and students

4.1 What background do Pao School teachers have?

Pao School’s teachers have been chosen through a strict selection procedure and have undergone training, ensuring that they can provide superior bilingual instruction. All teachers play a central role in class administration and communication with parents.

 

4.2 What schools do Pao School Secondary Division students come from?

A portion of Pao School Secondary Division’s student body will be those advancing from the Primary Division. We will also enrol part of the student body from outside Shanghai and abroad. Our diverse student body gives students an opportunity to make friends with and learn from those from different backgrounds than their own.

 

4.3 What is the role of teachers at Pao School’s Secondary Division?

We use an approach similar to leading boarding schools in the US and UK whereby teachers and students live on campus, ensuring that students are given round-the-clock care and guidance. Breaking away from the traditional model by which students are overseen by a homeroom teacher, students are assigned a tutor who develops a personal relationship with students and knows their academic, extracurricular, and personal situation, strengths and weaknesses, interests, and aspirations. A student’s tutor is the first point of contact for students or families with questions or issues.

Accordion 5. Boarding

5.1 What is the difference between boarding at a local school and boarding at Pao School?

Pao School Secondary Division’s boarding model is based on the successful experiences of UK and US boarding schools. As opposed to traditional Chinese dormitories, students are accommodated in individual houses in the US and UK public school tradition. Each house is a small self-contained community, with resident faculty including Chinese and international teachers who are responsible for all aspects of the development and welfare of the students in the house: academic, pastoral and social. In this way, students get to know teachers in a formal and informal way, building supportive relationships with adults that are essential to the healthy social development of young people. Houses dine together each day, strengthening the bonds between house staff and students.

 

5.2 What is special about boarding at Pao School?

As part of a warm house community, students learn loyalty and tolerance and have the support they need from the resident faculty and their peers to participate actively in both curricular and extra-curricular aspects of life at the school.

The house system provides a central locus of life for students and forms a smaller ‘family’ community within the broader school community for students to be part of and identify with. Aside from simply providing accommodation for students, the house also becomes a focal point for intra-school activities such as sports and performances: for instance, football competitions or concerts.

The house provides age-appropriate pastoral care throughout students’ school lives. Resident faculty play a central role in student’s domestic lives. During earlier years in which students require more support, rooms are larger and free time is more closely supervised to help students adapt to boarding life. During later years when students need more independence, supervision changes from an active to a more passive role. Students at this stage are allowed to do homework in their own rooms with teachers nearby.

 

5.3 Why did Pao School decide to build the Secondary Division in a suburban area?

Similar to many of the leading UK and US boarding schools that are located outside the city centre, Pao School is in a quiet location to ensure that students are not influenced by urban distractions and can focus their energies on their academic life.

Our school mission focuses on whole person education, and as such, we encourage students to be involved in outdoor activities. At Secondary Division, there is plenty of green space typically absent from the city centre: plantation terraces, outdoor sports grounds and facilities. Still, with convenient transportation nearby, including several highways and Metro line 9, the school is easily accessible from Shanghai’s city centre and surrounding cities.

Songjiang is an ideal place to learn and grow. The district is home to seven nationally-respected further education institutes with over 100,000 students, and is surrounded by Sheshan National Recreational Park, an IT high-tech park, and a thousand-year-old town.

 

5.4 Are all Pao School students required to board?

Most of Pao School’s students choose our boarding programme, while a small number of students opt for our day school programme.

 

5.5 What are the policies for day students?

Day students must comply with the following policies:

  1. If there is no special school event, day students must depart from the campus before 5:45pm
  2. If there is a scheduled school mandatory evening event in which students must participate, the school will notify parents in advance.
  3. Other situations are subject to policies as stipulated by the Student Life Office.
Accordion 6. Communication

6.1 Are parents involved in school events?

We believe that successful education is a partnership between the school and parents. As such, Pao School has a Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Members of the PTA’s committee are volunteer parents and teachers, and meet at the school once per month. Parents are also encouraged to become involved in a variety of activities and events.

 

6.2 How can parents communicate with Pao School?

Close communication between parents and the school is essential in providing an excellent nurturing environment for our children. Parents may communicate with teachers through email. Each Friday, the principal issues a letter to all parents with the latest information from the school. In addition to the regular meetings held by the PTA, parent meetings are held each month.

Accordion 7. Others

7.1 Are there scholarships available for Secondary Division?

Pao School currently offers a scholarship programme for meritorious students at the Secondary Division. Please contact the Student Affairs Office for more information.

 

7.2 Does the school provide transportation for students?

Pao School’s Secondary Division provides transportation to and from campus once a week for boarding students living in and outside of Shanghai.

 

7.3 What is the dress code for students on campus?

All students should be in uniforms during academic days. After the academic day has concluded, all students should be dressed in PE uniforms for afternoon activity periods.

 

7.4 Is support provided in preparation for university?

The University and Career Counselling Office will help students navigate the wide universe of overseas colleges and university options, introduce them to schools and programmes that best match their interests and abilities, and successfully assist our students in the eventual application process.

 

7.5 Does Pao School offer exchange programmes?

Pao School encourages students to study and travel overseas and brings international students and faculty on to our campus. We have developed sister school relationships with two distinguished international educational institutions: Charterhouse School in the United Kingdom and St George’s School in the US, with whom we have faculty exchanges and student programmes.