Overall, Pao School’s Year 12 students have done very well with regards to university admissions. Pao School Year 12s received 32 offers (30 in 2020) from the world’s top ten universities, per the QS rankings, and 95 from the top 30 globally (59 in 2020). Offers included those from UChicago, Cornell, Brown, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, UC Berkeley and Duke in the United States as well as the leading liberal arts colleges of Pomona, Barnard, Carleton, Claremont McKenna, Vassar, Smith and Middlebury. In the United Kingdom the year group received high numbers of offers from the top five universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, UCL and Edinburgh.
This year has also seen an impressive first, with two Pao School students offered places at ultracompetitive Yale-NUS in Singapore. In addition, others have been offered places at Hong Kong’s two leading universities (University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Australia’s top university (University of Melbourne), Canada’s two leading universities (University of Toronto and UBC) and Holland’s leading university (University of Amsterdam).
Alongside receiving offers from all other the globe, Pao School students have pursued their interest in variety of fields. Some of the year groups artists have achieved their dream of gaining a place at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Central St Martins College of Art and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Others have received offers to study architecture at UMichigan, film at Emerson College and sports technology at Loughborough. Step by step, the Class of 2021 is striving to achieve their dreams.
Pao School provides a diverse and inclusive learning environment, with the school’s whole-person education philosophy allowing students to develop a wide range of talents and interests. In this year’s graduating class, there is a group of students who are well versed in both liberal arts and science, whilst also being passionate about public welfare. Indeed, they often generously devote their time and energy to others. Their actions well encapsulate the school’s core values of compassion, integrity and balance - below are two short stories about two of these members of the Class of 2021.
All of these are excellent achievements which should be equally celebrated alongside
those of the more well-known institutions. I would stress that the most important
outcome is not the number of ‘famous’ names but rather have students achieved
their own ‘dream’ schools that are the right fit for them. To all our Y12s I warmly
congratulate them on an excellent set of admissions and wish them
the very best of luck in their IB exams.
—— Mark Bishop