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.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-5
  • Students: 118 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $23,100
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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School Overview

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

School Calendar

View the Shu Ren International School yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

Event
Date
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (School Closed)
January 17, 2022 (Monday)
Lunar New Year Holiday (School Closed)
January 31, 2022 (Monday)

Student Body

Total Students
118 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
100%
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
Shu Ren International School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
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
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Preschool (PK2-PK4) tuition is $23,100 Elementary tuition is $26,415 Financial Aid is available for qualified applicants
Summer Program Cost Notes
We offer Early Bird specials through April 1 each year
% on Financial Aid
20%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$2,000
Admissions Director
Michelle Peng
Admissions Associate
Jie Moore

Extracurriculars

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-5/PYP level) allows children to enjoy learning while reaching their full potential.  Families at Shu Ren International School enjoy a close-knit, inter-connected community, international exchange opportunities 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.   
Profile last updated: 07/20/2021

School Reviews

5  
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)

  • School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-5
  • Students: 118 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $23,100
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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