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.
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 1-5: 78,000 per semester
Year 6-9: 95,000 per semester
Year 10-12: 105,000 per semester
HEATHER AND GEORGE KAY
Originally from New York City, the Kays have lived in Shanghai for 12 years. Daughters Charlotte (10) and Matilda (7), were born in Shanghai attended a local Chinese kindergarten in our neighborhood, Jiangu...
Originally from New York City, the Kays have lived in Shanghai for 12 years. Daughters Charlotte (10) and Matilda (7), were born in Shanghai attended a local Chinese kindergarten in our neighborhood, Jianguo Preschool, before beginning primary school at YK Pao School.
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.
We also love that there is a big emphasis on art, music, sports and all things creative – the teachers across the board are excellent and really seem committed to getting the kids to be unafraid and take chances. The school itself is decorated top to bottom with the kids’ artwork, book week costume photos, murals, inspirational sayings and posters – it's a very open, diverse and creative place that honestly keeps us here in China. We feel right at home!
Pao School takes pride in being 'an exceptional work in progress' and everyone seems to be in lock-step on the journey to build a world-class school for our kids. The school really treats parents as partners, and we all love their ‘learning attitude’ and openness to new or different ways of doing things. Nothing seems set in stone aside from the mission and vision of the school. Because Pao School is only 10 years old, it is still very nimble and dedicated to inquiry and constant improvement. I can't think of better qualities to embody than those for educating children of the future.
CLAUDIA AND STEPHAN DYCKERHOFF
Originally from Germany, the Dyckerhoffs have been living in Shanghai for 13 years and have five children aged four to 17. One of these children, their son Benjamin, who is nine, attends YK Pao School. Benj...
Originally from Germany, the Dyckerhoffs have been living in Shanghai for 13 years and have five children aged four to 17. One of these children, their son Benjamin, who is nine, attends YK Pao School. Benjamin attended Soong Qing Ling kindergarten (Chinese section) before coming to Pao School. The family speaks German at home.
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 Benjamin 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. Benjamin 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.
ALOK SOMANI AND ARSHEYA DEVITRE
Ten year-old twins Leyla and Jai were born in Texas and moved as a family to Shanghai when they were two years old. They attended the Montessori school on Dong Hu Lu and started primary school at YCIS. ...
Ten year-old twins Leyla and Jai were born in Texas and moved as a family to Shanghai when they were two years old. They attended the Montessori school on Dong Hu Lu and started primary school at YCIS. They joined YK Pao School in their second year of primary school.
We chose to move our children to YK Pao School because we loved the community feel, openness to parent involvement and the stated mission to balance academics, arts, sports and character building. Also, we wanted Leyla and Jai to be in a school with both a strong Chinese and English language program. When we moved Leyla and Jai to Pao School from YCIS, we were worried about how they, as international students, would adjust and whether the homework might be overwhelming. The school community proved to be supportive – which made for an easy transition. There is usually 1-1/2 hours of homework a night but it is not overwhelming by any means. But since we are not native Chinese speakers, we do have a Chinese tutor twice a week.
What we like best about Pao School is that the school actually does manage to balance academic rigor with an extensive arts and sport program. Both of our children have chosen to participate in the activities that interest them - both dance on the hip hop team, both swim in the morning swim program, Leyla sings in choir and Jai plays basketball.
Because Pao School is a small school with a tight-knit community, parent involvement is welcomed. We feel a part of and involved in our children’s education. The teachers without exception have been warm and welcome interaction with parents. More importantly, our children like their teachers and feel connected and supported by the teachers and administration at Pao School. They are growing up well-rounded and with a solid foundation in math, Chinese and English.
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More than 18 countries and regions.
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)
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.
Y1-5: 26 students
Y6-8: 20-24 students
Y9-10: 20-26 students
Y11-12: 10-18 students
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)
Bachelor’s degree: 108, 58.1%
Master’s degree: 70, 37.7%
Doctor’s degree: 3, 1.6%
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.
Pao School has three campuses: the Wuding campus (Years 1-5), the Hongqiao campus (Year 6-7), and the Songjiang campus (Years 8-12).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Send a message directly to YK Pao School
No. 20, 1251 Wuding Xi Lu, near Wanhangdu Lu
Phone: 6167 1999
No. 2206, Hongqiao Lu, near Hongmei Lu
Phone: 6167 1999
No. 1800, Lane 900 Sanxin Bei Lu, near Xin Songjiang Lu
Phone: 6167 1999