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Admissions Process

All Applications for Primary Decision Enrollment for the 2018-2019 School Year are due January 31, 2018!

Who are We Looking for?

At Shu Ren, we are looking for committed families who value a Mandarin English bilingual program and the rigor of the inquiry-based International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes. 

*Age Cut Off: Our official age cut off is September 1st.  However, if you have a child whose birthday does not fall within September we will still accept applications for that grade.  All decisions for enrollment are heavily based on the readiness of the child as opposed to age and/or language ability.


Pre-Primary School  (University Campus):

We accept applications for students ages 2-5 with or without any Mandarin language experience.

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 School (Jefferson Campus):

Mandarin language:  Students entering Kindergarten and Grade 1 are not required to have any previous Mandarin exposure or proficiency. Students entering Grades 2-5 without proficiency in Mandarin will require special evaluation to assess the student’s ability to catch up with their peers.  Admission in grades 2 to 5 will also be determined by previous school assessment and readiness for the school’s program.

COMING SOON: We will be welcoming inquiries and applications for our Grade 6 class for the 2019-2020 school year.



If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Director, Melissa Morgenstern at or by phone at (510) 841-8899.


Tours and Information Sessions

Reservations are required for a tour. During a tour, you will be able to see the students and teachers engaged in class, tour the facility, and have the opportunity to ask general questions regarding our program. The duration of the tour is usually 60 minutes.  For information sessions we highly encourage you to RSVP through our Inquiry Form or by sending an email to  Information Sessions consist of presentations, a facilities tour and Q&A opportunities with the Head of School, Admissions, and Teachers pertaining to enrollment, logistics, curriculum, schedules and interactive activities.  

Please click the Inquiry Form to see available dates.


Application and Enrollment

Step 1.  Apply

Submit the following items to Shu Ren International School.

ATTN: Shu Ren Admissions, Melissa Morgenstern



2125 Jefferson Avenue

Berkeley, CA



*Families interested in details about financial aid, please our Financial Aid Page.  Financial Aid Application needs to be submitted at the same time as the Application.


Step 2. Schedule a Parent Interview and a Student Applicant Visit

For all applicants (pre-primary through Grade 5) – the school will contact you to schedule a Parent interview and Student observation after reviewing the submitted application documents listed above.

  • Prospective pre-primary 2 students are exempt from the observation portion.
  • Prospective pre-primary 3 & 4 students participate in an observation while parents are in the interview, approximately 45 minutes observation/parent interview.
  • Prospective Kindergarten – Grade 5 students participate in an all-day school visit. Efforts will be made to schedule the parent interview on the same day. However, please note that parents should not remain on campus for the whole day while the child is at the school, only for the interview portion of the child’s application.

Step 3. Receive Admissions Decision Notification

Pre-Primary School (University Campus)

We have instituted a rolling admissions system where parents who proceed through the application system earlier will be considered earlier for admissions (i.e. first come first serve).  

Primary and Middle School (Jefferson Campus)

In accordance with East Bay Independent Schools Association (EBISA) agreements for K-5 Students, we will notify all applicants on Friday March 16th, 2018. Admitted families will be sent an enrollment contract and financial aid decision letter if applicable.