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Shu Ren International School

1333 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702

(510) 981-0320


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We offer a Mandarin immersion education within an inquiry-based, transdisciplinary curriculum framework that stresses critical thinking skills, in-depth learning, and global competence.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our mission is to empower students with the tools and skills to become effective global citizens through an established inquiry-based learning philosophy and a proven Mandarin/English dual language immersion model.

Shu Ren offers 100% Mandarin immersion in Pre-K (ages 2-4). The curriculum for Pre-K students is play-based and developmentally appropriate, centered around an inquiry-based, transdisciplinary curriculum framework.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The school communicates with parents through a variety of channels including weekly email newsletters from the School Administration; weekly or biweekly newsletters from each classroom teacher; updates to the school website and blogs; twice annual parent-teacher conferences; PTA meetings and guest speaker events; community events such as annual Chinese New Year celebration and performance; and more informal email and face-t0-face communication between teachers and parents, and school administration and parents.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on