At Shu Ren International School, our goal is for students to become life long learners who are motivated to seek answers to probing questions on their own beyond our schoolwide learner outcomes guide.

Shu Ren International School is an  International Baccalaureate World School in Berkeley, California. Shu Ren inspires a love of learning through an inquiry-based Mandarin immersion program that prepares students ages 2-12 with the heart and mind to thrive in an evolving global society. Teachers guide students to actively discover their strengths, explore new concepts, develop strong practical and academic skills, and experience their lessons within and outside the traditional classroom environment.


We use Inquiry to provoke curiosity, creative thinking and problem solving.


We use the knowledge we learn to take Action for ourselves and our communities.


We are multilingual, Global Citizens inspired to create a better and more peaceful world.

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At Shu Ren, we have embraced a dynamic approach to education that harnesses the power of language as a tool for inquiry-based learning

Embracing the ‘Learning Through Language’ Approach: Enhancing Education at Shu Ren International School

Central to our educational philosophy is the "learning through the language" approach, which goes beyond traditional language instruction by integrating language acquisition seamlessly into the exploration and understanding of academic content.
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The Cognitive and Social Advantages of Early Mandarin Immersion

Young children have a natural aptitude for language learning that makes early immersion the ideal starting point. Up until about age 7, children absorb new sounds and grammar intuitively. Early exposure wires the brain for bilingual processing during this critical period.

Top Three Reasons To Attend Summer Camp at Shu Ren International School

When you send your child to summer camp at Shu Ren, they will engage in Mandarin language immersion. Learning language at an early age offers several benefits such as increased brain functionality, better memory skills and increased vocabulary.

Discovering Mandarin, Art, and Culture: Shu Ren Summer Camp Adventure

A hallmark theme of Summer Camp at Shu Ren International School explores Chinese music and arts. Each carefully crafted activity enhances language acquisition, fosters an appreciation for diverse artistic expressions, and deepens their understanding of Chinese culture.

A Look Back in Celebration of IB Excellence!

Reflecting on this past school year, the Shu Ren International School’s Showcase and Festival of the Arts stands out as unforgettable! This highly anticipated event is captivating with its stunning displays of intellectual curiosities, global perspectives, and artistic expressions.

A Journey of Knowledge: Shu Ren Grade 5 PYP Exhibition Celebrated!

This annual celebration of the remarkable achievements of our Grade 5 students as they present their International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) Exhibition Projects brings Shu Ren International School’s mission, “... to inspire a love of learning through inquiry-based Mandarin immersion program while fostering global citizens” to fruition! 
Shu Ren International School Celebrates Lunar New Year

Shu Ren International School Celebrates Lunar New Year

树人国际学校,祝大家虎年快乐! Shu Ren International School wishes everyone a Happy Year of the Tiger! In China, Lunar New Year is the biggest annual holiday and is a season to celebrate, prepare, and focus on luck and prosperity for the new year. In celebration of this important holiday, the Shu Ren staff and students sang, danced, enjoyed a student […]
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Proficiency-based Language Learning at Shu Ren International School

Every school wants to see growth in student learning as well as improvement (or growth) in the school’s programs. Continual growth and improvement is a fact, and, simply said, it is what makes working in schools exciting. Organizations alike ask themselves, where do we want to be? And how will we get there? If all […]
Shu Ren Winter Market 2022

Shu Ren International School Annual Winter Market

Shu Ren International School recently held its annual Winter Market throughout the week of December 13-17, 2021. This experience captured the spirit of community, giving, and joy. Each class hosted a market selling unique gifts made by the individual students in their art classes. We congratulate our students for also taking ownership and entrepreneurship during the […]
Co Head of School Deron Marvin Earns Klingenstein Center Fellowship

Shu Ren’s Co-Head of School Deron Marvin Receives Education Fellowship Award

Shu Ren School’s Deron Marvin, has been awarded a fellowship to the 2022 Klingenstein Heads of Schools Program at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. Having been selected from a highly competitive pool of national and international applicants, Deron Marvin is one of only twenty recipients of the award which will include full tuition […]

Shu Ren’s San Jose Campus is coming soon!

Shu Ren proudly announced it is opening a second campus to continue delivering its unique, International Baccalaureate (IB) Chinese Immersion education to young learners.

Celebrating the Lunar New Year

Our Pre-K children explored traditional Lunar New Year celebrations through a variety of learning activities!
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