International Programme

Pao Middle School Programme


YK Pao School is a private, non-profit, coeducational Chinese school for day students in years 1-7 and boarding students in years 8-12. We have over 1200 students with more than 15 nationalities represented.


Our Mission 


Developing the whole person

Our students will develop intellectual, social and emotional skills, strong character and positive attitudes through a diverse range of learning environments and activities.

Passing on traditions of Chinese culture

Our students will gain a deep understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture, including literature, history, philosophy, and art.

Fostering an international perspective

Our students will develop both intercultural knowledge and skills to address issues and succeed on a global stage.


Location and Facilities

Pao School's 10,000 square meter Middle School campus, opened in Sep 2017, is a self-contained campus for Middle School students. Situated in Changning District of downtown Shanghai, due to its central location and convenient subway access (Metro Line 10, Longxi Road Station), it is an ideal place from which to explore cultural and enrichment activities throughout the neighborhood and city.

We are in the 1st year of a 4-year campus development project. The Middle School campus is designed to be a state-of-the-art facility, including a library/media centre, STEM centre, performing arts centre, indoor gymnasium and natatorium. We are building a campus for the future— a learning environment that is optimal for our Middle School students.



Students admitted into the Middle School International Programme must have demonstrated suitable academic achievement in their current school. They also should have a desire to immerse themselves in Chinese culture and language and demonstrate curiosity and open-mindedness. Students of varying levels of Chinese language – from beginner to advanced – may apply.


Shanghai Plus Curriculum

YK Pao Middle School campus offers a unique rigorous curriculum, combining the world renowned Shanghai curriculum complemented by selected learning standards from around the world, preparing students for the IGCSE and IBDP Programmes in High School. Students study the following subjects:

  • Art
  • Chinese / Chinese as a Second Language
  • Drama
  • English
  • General Science
  • Humanities
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Music (Band, Choir and Strings)
  • Physical and Health Education  PHE(PE)/PHE(Health)
Accordion 1. Co-Curricular Programme

The Co-curricular Programme is a unique aspect of life at Pao School where students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities designed to cater to their diverse interests and skills. It is a compulsory part of the day for all students and is divided into several sections: Chinese cultural activities, competitive and recreational sports, performing and visual arts, STEM and a variety of other enrichment activities.

Accordion 2. Chinese Language & Cultural Immersion Programme

The Chinese Language and Cultural Immersion Programme covers language and literature, philosophy and religion, politics, history, geography, economics and arts. Students also have opportunities to engage in a wide-range of cultural activities from tea appreciation and calligraphy to celebrations of traditional festivals such as the Spring Festival. These events and activities bring traditional and contemporary Chinese culture to life, enabling students to be truly immersed in Chinese culture during their time at YK Pao School while also allowing them to experience core material in their mother tongue. 

Accordion 3. Zhi Xing China Programme

Our flagship Zhi Xing China Programme is a unique and exciting blend of academics and real-world experiential projects that take place outside the regular classroom walls. Zhi Xing China Programme participants might choose to study the history of Russian immigrants in Harbin, explore the geography of Sanya, go on a historical and cultural tour of the ancient Buddhist grottoes of Dunhuang in Gansu Province, visit major stops along the ancient Silk Road, or participate in service trips to Guangxi, Sichuan, and Guangdong Provinces. 

Accordion 4. Character Education

As part of our mission to develop the whole person, character education is an important part of our regular lessons. During character education lesson time, students learn to identify their strengths and work through challenges in their daily lives. The eight character strengths that we promote in our students are:

  • Compassion
  • Integrity
  • Balance
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Resilience
  • Reflection
  • Self-regulation


Why Pao Middle School?


  • Our international stream makes the world-renowned Shanghai Curriculum accessible in English for the first time!

Shanghai has become well-known for its top results on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a world-wide assessment organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development of 15-year old students in reading, mathematics and science.



Our Shanghai plus curriculums integrates the best practices from Chinese and international education in a highly engaging collaborative and inquiry-based environment.



  • Chinese language and cultural immersion for children of all backgrounds and Chinese language abilities.

As a leader in bilingual education, Pao Middle School offers an authentic Chinese experience for international students and accelerate their progress towards Chinese fluency. Through cultural immersion activities, students learn to appreciate and draw upon the richness of Chinese culture in their everyday lives.



  • Excellent academic preparation for high school and university, anywhere in the world

Pao School is accredited by both Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). This joint accreditation provides a truly global recognition of the quality of Pao School education which facilitates transfer of credits from Pao School to international schools and top universities worldwide.

In 2017, Pao graduates were admitted to some of the most highly regarded institutions in the world, including Columbia University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, the University of Chicago, New York University, the Rhode Island School of Design, UC Berkeley, Durham University and University of Oxford.



  • Best value for a world-class education



As a non-profit school, we have established a foundation to support the long-term development of the school. This allows our students to enjoy well-resourced classrooms, equipped with the latest technology.

A Chinese Immersion Scholarship is available to recognize and celebrate students who demonstrate academic excellence, international-mindedness, and a strong interest in Chinese language and culture. Any student applying to the Pao Middle School International Programme is eligible for a scholarship.