FAQs

 

Primary School Campus

 
Accordion 1. Admissions

1.1 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.

 

1.2 May I visit the school? Are there any school events I can 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, and speech events. Please make an appointment via our website at www.ykpaoschool.cn.

 

1.3 Do you accept applications midway through the school year?

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

 

1.4 Do I need to submit an application fee?

There is no application fee.

 

1.5 Is there a birthday cut-off for applicants?

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

 

1.6 Does Pao School enroll Chinese students?

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

Accordion 2. School life

2.1 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 for fitness and sports. Pao School’s musical events are plentiful. We frequently host concerts and music exchange events on and off campus. This provides students with a chance to showcase their talents and strengthen their musicality.

 

2.2 Does Pao School have after-school activities?

To help strengthen students' hands-on and teamwork skills, Pao School regularly organises outdoor camping activities, all of which have been well-received by students.

 

2.3 Does Pao School organise charity events?

Both students and educators give back to their community by participating 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 shown their support and concern for disaster-stricken areas, including Sichuan, Tokyo, Auckland, and the Philippines.

Accordion 3. Parent Teacher Association

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

Accordion 4. Others

4.1 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 of experienced drivers and bus moms.

 

4.2 Do students wear uniforms every day?

Students are required to wear school uniforms daily. Uniforms give students a sense of order and belonging while restraining clothing-related competition. Students wear uniforms according to course requirements with the exception of Monday when formal uniforms are required.

 

 

Middle School Campus

 
Accordion 1. Admissions

1.1 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.

 

1.2 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, and speaking events. Please register on our website: www.ykpaoschool.cn

 

1.3 Do you accept applications for short-term study?

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

 

1.4 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.

 

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

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

 

1.6 Do you accept transfer students?

Yes, if there are vacancies, we accept transfer students’ applications every term.

 

1.7 Do I need to submit an application fee?

There is no application fee.

 

Accordion 2. Communications

2.1 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.

 

2.2 How can parents communicate with Pao School?

Close communication between parents and the school is integral to ensuring 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 3. Others

3.1 Does the school provide transportation for students?

YK Pao Middle School campus provides daily school bus service for students who live in Shanghai.

 

3.2 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.

 

 

 

High School Campus

 
Accordion 1. Admissions

1.1 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; and students applying for Y9—Y11 must provide TOEFL or IELTS), on our official website to begin the admissions process. We will confirm receipt of your application via email and arrange entry assessments.

 

1.2 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, and speaking events. Please register on our website: www.ykpaoschool.cn

 

1.3 Do you accept applications for short-term study?

We accept Mainland Chinese 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.

 

1.4 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.

 

1.5 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.

 

1.6 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.

 

1.7 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 pass the local Zhong Kao (an examination) organised by the relevant authorities and meet the minimum requirements to be officially accepted to Pao School.

 

1.8 Do I need to submit an application fee?

There is no application fee.

 

1.9 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:

  1. Applicants must hold a valid Shanghai Residence Permit or Residence Registration Certificate,
  2. One of his/her parents holds a Shanghai Residence Permit or Residence Registration Certificate.
Accordion 2. Boarding

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

YK Pao High School campus' boarding model is based on the successful experiences of UK and US boarding schools. As opposed to being accommodated in traditional Chinese dormitories, students live 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.

 

2.2 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 extracurricular aspects of life at the school.

The house system provides a central locus of life for students. It forms a smaller ‘family’ community within the broader school community to which students belong and with which they identify. 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 members 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.

 

2.3 Why did Pao School decide to build the High School campus 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. On the High School campus, 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 the Sheshan National Recreational Park, an IT high-tech park, and a thousand-year-old town.

 

2.4 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.

 

2.5 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 3. Communication

3.1 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.

 

3.2 How can parents communicate with Pao School?

Close communication between parents and the school is integral to ensuring 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 4. Others

4.1 Are there scholarships available for students at the High School campus?

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

 

4.2 Does the school provide transportation for students?

YK Pao High School campus provides transportation to and from campus once a week for boarding students living in and outside of Shanghai.

 

4.3 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.

 

4.4 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.

 

4.5 Does Pao School offer exchange programmes?

Pao School encourages students to study and travel overseas and brings international students and faculty onto our campus. We have developed sister school relationships with three excellent international educational institutions: Charterhouse School in the United Kingdom, St. George’s School in the United States, and Rockhampton Grammar School in Australia, with whom we have faculty exchanges and student programmes.