Shu Ren International School

  • Shu Ren is committed to empowering students to become lifelong learners and internationally minded, critical thinkers.Through a vibrant inquiry-based, Mandarin immersion program, students at Shu Ren International School develop a genuine love of learning. Our teachers cultivate a nurturing classroom environment that is focused on developing the whole child. Everyday our students enjoy exciting hands-on projects that build confidence in their capabilities, ignites their passions, and connects their learning to the real world.

School News

  • Change Makers with Berkeley Repertory Theatre - 10/18/2019 - Shu Ren is honored to be able to participate in the Change Makers curriculum through Berekeley Repertory Theatre. Change Makers is designed for students to engage in theatre by ...morecombining civics, writing and performance. This experience deepened the inquiry for our Grade 4 and 5 students who were inquiring into social activism through the central idea: Creative expression can affect the way people think and act. hide
  • Parent Engagement at Shu Ren - 04/04/2019 - Shu Ren parents are integral to our learning community. See us featured in the IBO PYP blog.

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-6
Year Founded2008
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$430
Summer Program Cost NotesWe offer Early Bird specials through April 1 each year
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students110 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Shu Ren International School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$22,910
Tuition NotesPreschool (PK2-PK4) tuition is 21,190 Financial Aid is available for qualified applicants
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$10,000
Admissions DirectorMaria English
Admissions AssociateJie Moore


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.11 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Chinese Conversation Club, Chinese Culture, Entrepreneurship, Mad Science, Math Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Impact, Pre-Kindergarten Music

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Dance and Movement, Martial arts class, Soccer

School Notes

  • Our curriculum emphasizes inquiry-based learning through interactive projects, creative activities, and field trips that link academic lessons to practical life and skills.  
  • The IB curriculum in combination with an immersive Mandarin language environment (Available for Ages PreK-6/PYP level) allows children to enjoy learning while reaching their full potentialFamilies at Shu Ren International School enjoy a close-knit, inter-connected community, international exchange opportunities (at the MYP level, No Mandarin Required for Enrollment), and a loving, diverse internationally educated staff and faculty that is dedicated to providing the best education and opportunities for your family.
  • Parents of our students witness their children develop both Mandarin and English language proficiency while immersed in a highly engaging, inquiry-driven curriculum. They see their children actively seek knowledge as they equip themselves with the abilities needed to become caring, responsible, and contributing global citizens.Shu Ren International School is proud to be one of only four schools in the United States to offer the unique combination of Mandarin Immersion and the world-renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Come see for yourself how Shu Ren is preparing children with the heart and mind to thrive in an evolving global society.
  • Students from outside the United States will find a close-knit and international-minded community similar to international schools around the world.   

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