Admissions Process For 2016-2017


Pre-Primary School  (University campus): 

We accept applications for students ages 2 through 5 at our 1333 University Avenue campus in Berkeley.

Students aged 2 years are not required to be potty trained. Admission to the Pre-Primary 3 (ages 3-4) and Pre-Primary 4 (ages 4-5) classes require students to be potty-trained.

Primary and Middle School (Jefferson campus):

The Primary (K-5) and Middle school (6-8) is located at our 2125 Jefferson Avenue campus in Berkeley.

Admission to Kindergarten: Prospective students must be 5 years of age as of October 1.

Mandarin language:  Students entering Kindergarten and Grade 1 is not required to have any previous Mandarin exposure or proficiency. Students entering Grades 3-5 must have Mandarin language skills (reading/writing/speaking) proficiency similar to the grade they are entering.


Applications Process:

Step 1.  Submit an Admissions Inquiry Form.

By submitting a Registration of Interest you provide us with basic information about your child(ren) you are inquiring for

Step 2. Join us for a school tour.

You will be able to see the students and teachers engaged in class, tour the facility, and have the opportunity to get general questions answered by the respective division head (Pre-Primary Director/PYP Coordinator/MYP Coordinator) and the Admissions Director.

Pre-Primary School campus

(Ages 2-5 years)

  Primary & Middle School campus

(Kindergarten – Grade 8)

1333 University Avenue

Berkeley, CA  94702

2125 Jefferson Avenue

Berkeley, CA  94703

Start time:  9:30am

Start time:  9:00am

Duration:  Approximately 45 minutes

Duration:  Approximately 1 hour

Tuesday, October 27

Thursday, November 5

Tuesday, November 24

Thursday, December 3

Tuesday, December 15

Thursday, January 7

Friday, October 9

Wednesday, October 28

Friday, November 13

Wednesday, November 18

Friday, December 11

Wednesday, January 13

Reservations are required.  Please sign up here:  School Tours

Step 3.  Attend a Parent Information Session.

An overview of the school, the curriculum, and the teaching/learning philosophy will be provided. You will hear from the Head of School, the respective division head (Pre-Primary Director/PYP Coordinator/MYP Coordinator) and current parents/students. Opportunity to speak with teachers will also be available.

Pre-Primary School campus

(Ages 2-5 years)

  Primary & Middle School campus

(Kindergarten – Grade 8)

1333 University Avenue

Berkeley, CA  94702

2125 Jefferson Avenue

Berkeley, CA  94703

Time:  10:00am – 12:00pm

Time:  1:30pm – 3:30pm

Saturday, December 5

Saturday, January 9

Saturday, December 5

Saturday, January 9

Please sign up here:  Parent Information Sessions

Step 4.  Apply.

Submit the following items to Shu Ren International School by Friday, January 16, 2016:

  • Teacher Recommendation Form: Submit the appropriate Teacher Recommendation Form to your child’s present teacher/care provider along with a stamped envelope addressed to Shu Ren International School. Please request them to complete it on behalf of your child. We will need to receive this prior to scheduling the interview and assessment.

Forms may be downloaded here:

The following items must be submitted to Shu Ren by applicants entering Grades 6-8 by Friday, February 19, 2016:

  • Transcripts (For students entering Grades 6-8): Transcripts from your current school for the previous two years must be submitted. Submit to your school the Release of Student Records form for your child(ren).

Applications and all related forms received after the deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis and considered if space is available.

Families interested in details about financial aid, please our Financial Aid page. Applications are due by Friday, January 16, 2016.

* If you are interested in enrolling your child(ren) for the current 2015-2016 school year, please contact Admissions. Limited opportunities are available. *

Step 5. Schedule a Parent Interview and a Student Applicant Visit.

For all applicants (pre-primary through Grade 8) – the school will contact you to schedule a Parent interview after reviewing the submitted application documents listed above.

The school will also contact you to schedule a Student Applicant Visit.

  • Prospective pre-primary 2 students are exempt from a school visit.
  • Prospective pre-primary 3 & 4 students participate in an observation while parents are in the interview.
  • Prospective Kindergarten – Grade 8 students participate in an all-day school visit. Efforts will be made to schedule the parent interview on the same day. However, please know that parents do not remain on campus.

Step 6. Receive Admissions Decision Notification.

In accordance with East Bay Independent Schools Association (EBISA) agreements, we will notify all applicants of admissions decisions on Friday, March 11, 2016. Admitted families will be sent an enrollment contract to sign and return.

Step 7. Enroll.

To enroll, complete and return the offered enrollment contract along with the required deposit by Friday, March 18, 2016.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at or by phone at (510) 841-8899.