We are pleased to announce that Shu Ren has received the full 6-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The 6-year WASC accreditation status demonstrates our school’s capacity, commitment, and competence to support high-quality student learning and ongoing school improvement. It assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that we have met high standards of quality and effectiveness. The accreditation status was... Read More
A special thank you to the Parent Community Group for sponsoring our special guest author, Elizabeth Weise, an award winning journalist and author of “A Parent’s Guide to Mandarin Immersion.” Elizabeth’s book was inspired by her own journey as a parent navigating a Mandarin Immersion education for her two daughters in San Francisco. She shared with the audience the history of Mandarin immersion in the United States, how it has changed in recent years and the trajectory of immersion... Read More
The Pre-K children have been exploring the traditional Lunar New Year celebration through a variety of learning activities! All Pre-K classrooms have been inquiring into the Lunar New Year by listening to the traditional story books《斗年兽》,《过年啦》,《团圆》. By exploring these stories, they learned how people celebrate Lunar New Year, what kind of traditional food people eat, and what kind of lucky phrases people say to each other. The children also inquired into the Chinese zodiac animals. Through... Read More
On Dec 17, Ying Compestine, shared with K-6 students what it takes to be a professional writer. She helped students visualize that writing a story is like building a house. You begin with the foundation, build the frame, and then furnish with details…but not too many, or your house will be cluttered and no one will want to stay inside! She also emphasized that stories are often born from personal experience. Her book, Revolution is Not a Dinner Party, was based on memories of her childhood... Read More
Dare to Roll 卷起来, Chen Laoshi, Jingyi Laoshi and Tsoi Laoshi
Chen Laoshi, Jingyi Laoshi and Tsoi Laoshi - We are passionate and creative teachers that love exploring new things and always try to challenge ourselves. We made paper quilling art pieces to contribute to this winter celebration! Although this is new to all of us, we really enjoyed the process of designing, creating and collaborating. We can't wait to share the joy with you!
Entrepreneurship means curiosity, resilience,... Read More
Our after school enrichment Kidtrepreneurs class has been working hard on their business ideas and are ready to showcase at this year's Winter Market!
My name is Mila. I am 8 years old. I live in Orinda, CA. I was born in San Francisco, CA. I discovered my products,pillows and crystal keychains, when I joined a new group and we discussed business ideas. This idea excites me because I love sewing pillows and crystal keychains would be pretty. Entrepreneurship means starting a... Read More
On Wednesday 11/13, students headed over to GAP Inc. headquarters in San Francisco to learn more about the work of th GAP's Color Proud Council in driving the companies focus on diversity and inclusivity. This experience was a perfect connection to the Grade 5/6 current unit "Fashion plays a role in cultural diversity." Students toured the visual arts studio and the designers’ offices, learning how fashion designers sketch, decide on colors and fabrics to use, and how designs turn into... Read More
In October at the University of Illinois's Global Education Symposium, Grade 5/6 Teacher Jackie Beutell shared how she turned a social media policy analysis into a classroom lesson. Jackie's poster presentation discussed the globally popular social media app, Tik Tok, and its policy's strengths and limitations towards children's rights. While writing this analysis, she had discovered her own 4th and 5th grade students actively used Tik Tok. Responding to this as a learning opportunity,... Read More
Our community celebrated our 4th Intercultural Festival this past October highlighting the diversity in culture of our Shu Ren and greater East Bay community. Food, clothing, photos, books and activities were all on display with our 15 cultural villages hosted by our parent community. From New York City bagels from Zabars to pickled dishes from Slovenia, our guests were transported near and far through tastes, sounds and experiences. Performances continued throughout the event starting... Read More
PreK3 are starting to build friendships, so what better time to start this inquiry on Play! They are diving into experiences surrounding different types of play, learning how our behavior affects play and understanding differences in the likes and dislikes of their peers. In addition to their routine circle time and activity stations,this unit has been enriched by experiential learning as well. Throughout the unit, PreK3 parents came to the classroom to facilitate a favorite childhood... Read More
Shu Ren International School is an IB World School in Berkeley, CA. We offer an immersion education in Mandarin and English. We are an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).