Shu Ren is committed to empowering students to become lifelong learners and internationally minded, critical thinkers. Discover Shu Ren International School with two locations serving the San Francisco Bay Area, including our new school in the heart of the Silicon Valley in San Jose.
Berkeley Campus: 2125 Jefferson Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703 San Jose Campus: 540 Sands Dr., Bldg B, San Jose, CA 95129.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-5
  • Enrollment: 178 students
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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Shu Ren International School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

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School Overview

Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-5
Year Founded
2008
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
178 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
100%
State avg.: 49%
Students by Grade
Shu Ren International School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
32 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
50%
Average Class Size
15 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Please visit website for detail. Financial Aid is available for qualified applicants.
Admissions Director
Michelle Peng

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Chinese Culture, Entrepreneurship, Maker's Space, Mathletes

Arts and Music Programs:
Piano Lessons, Pre-Kindergarten Music

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Martial arts class, Soccer, Yoga

School Notes

  • Shu Ren International School derived its name from the Chinese proverb, ",": It will take 10 years to grow a tree, but a lifetime to cultivate a person`s potential." Shu Ren is committed to deliver an enriching and engaging environment that focuses on three critical components: Inquiry-based learning, multilingual and multicultural education, and development of the whole child, which we believe are essential to navigate an increasingly complex world.  
  • Shu Ren International School is proud to carry the designation as an International Baccalaureate World School in Berkeley, CA. We are an early childhood and elementary school in the San Francisco Bay Area offering both a Chinese Mandarin immersion education and the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School`s Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children aged 3 - 12. This curriculum framework for student learning is an internationally-recognized curriculum used by the top independent schools in almost 150 countries around the world.  
  • Shu Ren International School integrates the International Baccalaureate education with Mandarin Immersion. Students learn in Mandarin Chinese and English through two-way immersion instruction based on the Montreal model.  Our unique program encourages students to "learn how to learn" by participating in structured inquiry with themes of global significance. Teachers engage students in their learning by providing hands-on, engaging, and differentiated learning activities that use inquiry, reflection, and action in every subject including Mandarin Chinese, English, Math, Social Studies, and Sciences. Shu Ren students have distinct advantages by building their critical thinking skills, nurturing their curiosity and their ability to solve complex problems in Mandarin and English.  
  • Discover Shu Ren International School with two locations serving the San Francisco Bay Area, including our new school in the heart of the Silicon Valley in San Jose. Inquire on our website and schedule a tour today!
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Shu Ren International School offer a summer program?

Yes, Shu Ren International School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.

When is the application deadline for Shu Ren International School?

The application deadline for Shu Ren International School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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School Reviews

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This is the first year in seven years our kids won't be going to Shu Ren, having recently graduated. We started there (ages ago!) in kinder and 1st grade, respectively.Being at Shu Ren has been one of the most transformational and memorable events in our lives. Neither my wife nor I am Chinese, but we wanted the children to have a strong foundation in a foreign language and thought Chinese was a good one for them to be well versed in. Well, after years of being an involved parent there, I can say that we're glad about the decision we made. We also got much more from Shu Ren than we expected. We came for the Chinese but stayed for the IB. The International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Shu Ren has been so amazing that I Can't begin to state its praises. We never thought such a well-rounded education was possible in the elementary years, and IB and Shu Ren have exceeded our expectations.On top of the amazing education, the staff and parents have made Shu Ren all that much more special. From Jie and Tony—the founders—to Rebecca, the current head of school, to the parents, everyone is special and wonderful. We've made lifelong friends through the school and parent community and are so lucky to have had the school as a part of our lives.Every once in a while you have to make a decision you're not sure about—whether it's worth it or whether it'll pay dividends. Sending our kids to Shu Ren was not such a decision. Sending our kids to Shu Ren was an investment, and one that's paid us back (and hopefully will reward society) multi-fold. We couldn't have made a better decision.
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-5
  • Enrollment: 178 students
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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