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.

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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-5
Year Founded2008
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesWe offer Early Bird specials through April 1 each year
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students118 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade Shu Ren International School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
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$23,100
Tuition NotesPreschool (PK2-PK4) tuition is $23,100 Elementary tuition is $26,415 Financial Aid is available for qualified applicants
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$10,000
Admissions DirectorMichelle Peng
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-5/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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  • Berkeley
    Grades: PK-6 | 144 students
    1.5 miles
    3339 Martin Luther King Jr Way
    Berkeley, CA 94703
    (510) 868-1815
    1.5 PK-6
  • Berkeley
    Grades: K-5 | 108 students
    0.3 miles
    1809 Bancroft Way
    Berkeley, CA 94703
    (510) 883-6990
    0.3 K-5
  • Berkeley
    Grades: PK-K | 70 students
    1.2 miles
    2830 9th street
    Berkeley, CA 94710
    (510) 845-6969
    1.2 PK-K
  • Berkeley
    Grades: K-6 | 80 students
    0.4 miles
    2446 Mckinley Ave
    Berkeley, CA 94703
    (510) 841-7248
    0.4 K-6
  • Burlingame
     The Nueva School
    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: PK-12 | 889 students
    22 miles
    6565 Skyline Blvd
    Burlingame, CA 94010
    (650) 350-4528
    22 PK-12

School Reviews

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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