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YK Pao New Secondary School Providing International Boarding Education in Shanghai

April, 2011
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YK Pao School recently announced the opening of its new Secondary School in autumn 2011. The school offers boarding education and is located in Thamestown in Songjiang district on the outskirts of Shanghai. It has already started enrolling students worldwide, with the first batch of year 7 and year 8 students arriving in September.

With a strong understanding of boarding school education and support from education experts, the new school will follow the model of UK and US independent boarding schools, aiming to provide international standard boarding education to students and to help students get into leading universities in the UK and US.   

The Songjiang campus of YK Pao Secondary School is in its final stages of construction and its finished design is beginning to become clear.

The English style campus is at one corner of Thames Town and covers an area of over 60,000m2. The campus was designed by a team of British architects in line with international campus and dormitory standards. Apart from teaching areas, it will include a large library, 6 science laboratories, 4 art studios, auditorium, musical hall, music practice rooms, an indoor gym and a swimming pool. “I am quite happy to have plenty of sports facilities inside and outside the school since ‘Sports for life’ is one of the beliefs of the school,” said Principal Tony Jaccaci. There is an international standard ice skating rink in the neighbourhood and Mr. Jaccaci, whose wife captained the hockey team at Brown University in the US, believes this will give the school the ability to develop programs in skating, hockey and other sports on ice.

Mr. Jaccaci feels the design provides many opportunities for students and teachers to have close interactions and communication both in class and outside in all sorts of activities. He said that the arrangement of the dormitories and its house system will help build strong relationships between teachers and students.

The school has seven dormitory buildings for seven houses. Every house has five levels, each level including a "live in teacher’s" apartment for teachers and their families, making for a high teacher to student ratio. In this way, the teachers can continually supervise and look after the students, the teachers and students can interact closely, developing a family-like relationship.

Students are divided by gender, the same gender but different age and different year students all living together in the same house. Each house therefore resembles a big family, with teachers acting as parents, and students like brothers and sisters.

The boarding education at YK Pao School is based on the UK/US boarding education model, with teachers having three responsibilities, as teachers in class, as sports instructors after class and at night as dormitory administrators. In class they are specialist teachers for the students, in daily life they are role models for the students.

“It is not easy to find outstanding teachers who are able to take on these duties, but we won’t lower our standards, and have already managed to hire a number of teachers who bring years of experience in renowned schools such as the Dragon School in England.”

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