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YK Pao School

  • Editor's Description

    YK Pao School is a non-profit private school with an English and Chinese bilingual program that was founded in memory of the Hong Kongnese shipping magnet Sir YK Pao. It is widely considered as one of the most prestigious Chinese private schools in Shanghai.

  • Self Introduction

    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 1200 students from China and overseas, the school offers a unique Year 1-12 educational program that integrates elements of Shanghai and international curricula, culminating in High School with the IGCSE and IB Diploma programs, both of which are complemented by core components of the Shanghai curriculum. This represents a point of distinction for the school, as Shanghai’s educational system has topped international standards rankings since 2009 within the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).

    Pao School’s innovative Chinese-English immersion bilingual program nurtures the whole person and prepares students to become engaged and responsible global citizens within a century that is predicted to see vast changes and challenges.

    • Year Founded 2007
    • Age of Students 6-18
    • Number of Students ~1200
  • Tuition

    Year 1-5: 78,000 per semester

    Year 6-9: 95,000 per semester

    Year 10-12: 105,000 per semester

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  • Accreditations

    • Council of International Schools (CIS)

      CIS is a global non-profit membership organization which binds participating schools to an ethos of infusing their programs and offerings with international and intercultural perspectives. The council also ensures ongoing external quality assurance oversight on the quality and process of student learning. 

    • Western Association of Colleges and Schools

      WASC is a regional accreditation body for US schools. It helps to assure the general public and educational community that an institution has clearly defined objectives for education, has conditions for which achievement of objectives can be reasonably expected, is staffed and organized to continue to do so, amongst several other criteria. 

    • Cambridge International Examinations

      A non-profit organisation, CIE is an international accreditation body. The organisation governs the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) which is the world's most popular international qualification for students aged 14 to 16 years old. 

    • The Duke of Edinburgh International Award (DofE)

      This is a royal charter corporation, established in 1956 as a non-profit self-improvement model which awards students who complete various exercises in volunteering, physical achievement, expedition, and several other components. The programs take between one and four years to complete, with 300,000 participants annually. The three levels, which completed progressively can lead to a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. 

    • Round Square

      Round Square is an association of about 180 schoolsin 40 countries around the world, that organisesstudent conferences and exchanges betweenmember schools. The concept of Round Square wasconceived in 1966 based on the educational ideologyof Kurt Hahn, who founded two of its original memberschools, Schule Schloss Salem in Germany, withPrince Max of Baden, and Gordonstoun in Scotland.

  • Grades Offered

    Year 1-12

  • Number of Nationalities

    More than 18 countries and regions.

  • Curriculum

    Primary and Junior Secondary: ‘Shanghai Plus’ curriculum (The world-renowned Shanghai curriculum complemented by selected learning standards from around the world).

    Senior Secondary: ‘International Plus’ curriculum (IGCSE, IBDP complemented by core components of the world-renowned Shanghai curriculum)

  • Terms

    Fall Semester generally starts at the last week of August and ends at late January.
    Spring Semester generally starts at the first week after CNY and ends at the last week of June.

  • Class Size

    Y1-5: 26 students

    Y6-8: 20-24 students

    Y9-10: 20-26 students

    Y11-12: 10-18 students

  • Teacher Demographics

    Whole school teaching staff: 186 (WD 79, HQ 17, SJ Junior Sec 46, HS 44)

    Teaching staff primarily come from 11 countries and areas: China, China Taiwan, China Hongkong, Canada, South Africa, Germany, Italy, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, USA, UK, Phillipine

    Average teaching experience: 10.7 years for whole school teaching staff (11.6 years for expat teaching staff, 9.7 years for Chinese teaching staff)

    Educational background:

    Bachelor’s degree: 108, 58.1%

    Master’s degree: 70, 37.7%

    Doctor’s degree: 3, 1.6%


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  • Extracurricular Activities

    Our students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of activities which include, but are not limited too: 

    Sports: swimming, football, basketball, volleyball, fitness, fencing, martial arts, tennis, and cross-country. 

    Performing and visual arts: orchestra, Pep/Jazz Band, choir, drama, dance, 2D/3D art, and digital media design.  Chinese cultural activities: calligraphy, dance, Tai Chi, music ensemble, drama productions, painting, GuQin, ceramics, and drumming.

    Enrichment: French, Spanish, maths, debate, Model UN, public speaking, pottery and baking, student-led clubs include dough figurines, Pao Productions, student newspaper, yearbook, environmental club, Rubik’s cube, and photography.

  • School Facilities

    Pao School has three campuses: the Wuding campus (Years 1-5), the Hongqiao campus (Year 6-7), and the Songjiang campus (Years 8-12). 

    Songjiang Campus

    The Songjiang campus was built in 2011 and designed by British architects, the 57,000 square-metre Songjiang campus comprises four buildings for academics, athletics, performances and residential life.

    The Yang Chen Ning Learning Centre houses three libraries: the Great Room, the Reading Room and the Learning Commons. In addition to its many classrooms, the campus also includes eight laboratories and a Student Centre. The Senior Study Centre is for the dedicated use of Senior Secondary students. It includes classrooms, meeting rooms, a library, the Oxygen Bar (for refreshments) and more.

    Sporting facilities include a running track, all-weather pitch, indoor gymnasium, fencing area, underground sports arena and state-of-the-art indoor swimming pool. Arts facilities include the Black Box Theatre, outdoor amphitheatre and auditorium. We have three art classrooms, a pottery room, a design lab, five music classrooms, as well as a dance studio.

    The Residential Centre contains dormitories, music practice rooms, activity rooms, kitchens, game rooms, TV lounges and the Day Student Centre.

    This campus also features modern dormitories for students needing boarding services.

    Hongqiao Campus 

    Pao School's 10,000 square meter Hongqiao campus launched in September 2017. Situated in the Changning District just west of downtown Shanghai, it is an ideal learning environment for non-boarding students thanks to its central location and convenient subway access (Metro Line 10).

    Under the guidance of Professor Anna Sohmen, founder of YK Pao School, the design is efficient, bright and full of uplifting energy. In the future, the Hongqiao campus will be home to state-of-the art facilities, including a library, STEM center, performing arts center and indoor stadium. We aim to build a campus for the future - a learning environment that is optimal for our middle school students.

    Wuding Campus

    Situated within the heart of the city, the 7,108 square-metre Wuding campus is conveniently located downtown within the inner-ring road perfect for easy access to your child’s assemblies, drama and music performances. The campus features world-class facilities and provides a nurturing environment in which students learn and grow.

    The Wuding campus has art classrooms and a ceramics studio with a kiln. These spaces can accommodate a wide range of activities including drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics. In the Music Department, each classroom is equipped with an upright piano for use in music lessons and choral rehearsals. Additionally, there are four piano practice rooms, one percussion practice room and a multi-purpose ensemble rehearsal room. The Music Department has instruments from all over the world: African and Latin percussion instruments, Chinese folk instruments, brass and winds used in Western jazz, as well as electronic keyboards and electric guitars and basses. 

    The YK Pao School Wuding campus Library contains nearly 20,000 Chinese, English and bilingual books for all reading levels. We also have CD’s, DVD’s, audio books and other reading materials. Internet access is provided for research and project work. An interactive white board and visualiser are available for teaching purposes. 

    There are several other key facilities on the Wuding campus. Concert performances are held in our school auditorium, which can accommodate up to 600 people. The rooftop garden helps students understand how plants grow. On the fourth floor of the open-air playground, students can play on the slides and jungle gym. 


  • School Bus

    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.

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