Shu Ren International School
Berkeley, CA
Mandarin-English Immersion
Pre-K to 8th Grade
An IB World School
Berkeley, CA
Shu Ren International School
Berkeley, CA
Mandarin-English Immersion
Pre-K to 8th Grade
An IB World School
Berkeley, CA
Shu Ren International School
Berkeley, CA
Mandarin-English Immersion
Pre-K to 8th Grade
An IB World School
Berkeley, CA

Admissions Process

*We are still welcoming admissions for the current (2017/2018) and upcoming school year (2018/2019)


Shu Ren International School wishes to enroll students who can benefit from a Mandarin-English bilingual program. Students are admitted to the school on the basis of developmental readiness, intellectual potential, and family motivation.

Pre-Primary School  (University campus): 

We accept applications for students ages 2* through 4 at our 1333 University Avenue campus in Berkeley.

*Pre-K2 Applicants are not required to participate in an observation; however, parents are required to schedule an interview with administration.  Please email the director of admissions, Melissa Morgenstern:, for details.

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 for 2017-2018 admissions. For 2017-2018 admissions, children must be 5 years of age by September 1st 2017.

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.  Admission in grades 2 to 5 require proficiency in Mandarin and English and will also be  determined by previous school assessment and readiness for the school’s program.

Applications Process:

Step 1.  Submit an Admissions Inquiry Form and Book a Tour.

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

Reservations are required.

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 2-4 years)

  Primary & Middle School campus

(Kindergarten – Grade 8)

1333 University Avenue

Berkeley, CA  94702

2125 Jefferson Avenue

Berkeley, CA  94703

Start time:  9:30 AM

Start time:  9:00 AM

Duration:  Approximately 45 – 60 minutes

Duration:  Approximately 45 – 60 minutes

Most Wednesdays and Thursdays, Please click on the link above to see available dates.  If these dates do not work for you, please contact the director of admissions. Most Fridays, Please click on the link above to see available dates.  If these dates do not work for you, please contact the director of admissions.

Step 2.  Apply.

NOTE:  All applications submitted will be considered on an on rolling/space-available basis.

Submit the following items to Shu Ren International School.

  • 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. (Only Applicable for K-8)

Forms may be downloaded here:

The following items must be submitted to Shu Ren by applicants entering Grades 6-8:

  • 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).

Families interested in details about financial aid, please our Financial Aid Page.

Step 3. 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 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 30 minutes observation/45 minutes parent 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 should not remain on campus for the whole day while your child is at the school, only for the interview portion of your child’s application.

Step 4. 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).  We require that students meet the established date for grade cut off for both students looking at the next academic year and mid-year transfer students.

Primary and Middle School (Jefferson Campus)

In accordance with East Bay Independent Schools Association (EBISA) agreements for K-8 Students, we will notify all applicants who have submitted an application by the January 15 priority deadline their admissions decisions on Friday, March 16th, 2018. Admitted families will be sent an enrollment contract to sign and return.

Families who have submitted an application after the priority deadline will be notified after Friday, March 16th.

Step 5. Enroll.

Pre-Primary School (University Campus)

After families receive their enrollment contract(s), the deposit and signed contract are due one week after being issued.

Primary and Middle School (Jefferson Campus)

For families who were notified of their admissions status by Friday, March 16th, 2018:  To enroll, complete and return the offered enrollment contract along with the required deposit by Friday, March 23rd, 2018.

Families who were provided with an admissions notification after Friday, March 10th:  Enrollment contracts will be due one week after the admissions decisions notification. The specific date will be specified in the enrollment contract.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our director of admissions, Melissa Morgenstern at or by phone at (510) 423-0278.