As a mother in 2007, Dr. Jie Moore, shared the same concerns as many, if not all, bay area families: What kind of education do I want my child to receive? What values do I want my child to hold over their lifetime? As the daughter of a Kiwi father and a Chinese mother in the East Bay, Dr. Moore’s daughter was in a unique position to grow and thrive in an international community. However, finding a school that would encompass all of their values was more of a challenge than Dr. Moore had anticipated. That is when Dr. Moore started seeing the need for an expansive and inclusive educational program that would embrace and support families with unique cultural backgrounds as well as provide an immersive environment to learn critical communication and academic skills.
As her vision began to take form, Dr. Moore gathered the courage and resources to establish Shu Ren International School. The name itself, Shu Ren (树人), encompasses Dr. Moore's initial ideals and values. The character 树 can refer to “tree” as well as education. Both items are associated with growth, and when 树 (shu) is combined with 人 (person), the meaning refers to the importance of educating a person. Today, Shu Ren International School continues to be the premier and only Mandarin immersion International Baccalaureate (IB) program in California, and one of three such programs in the United States. From a small preschool program, we have grown into two campuses in the heart of Berkeley serving preschool through elementary school aged children and their families. Each day at Shu Ren International School is a celebration of the unique perspectives and experiences of our families and students who strive to go beyond the ordinary and create positive change in the world.