It is such a pleasure to be a new member of the Shu Ren community. As the music teacher for the Grade 3 through Grade 8 classes, I look forward to teaching music skills to Shu Ren students, as well as helping themse music as a means for personal growth, development, and expression. From the moment I walked through the doors at Shu Ren I had a sense that this was a school that saw education not just as the process of teaching a child information but also of cultivating an ethical, moral, and... Read More
Welcome to Your New Communications Portal!
As we continue to grow as a school and improve our services, we are pleased to announce the official launch of our completed database system! Last year, we began working with inRESONANCE, a leading provider of independent school portals. Together, we have created a comprehensive platform, wrapped by our beautiful new website, that integrates data for admissions, communications, and enrollment/re-enrollment. We have made great strides in our goal to... Read More
Imagine that you have been asked to make a list of goals for the president. What would those goals be?
That is the prompt that our primary school students received just yesterday! Students dug deep and wrote some moving messages to the President that truly reflected their hopes, fears, and engagement with the world around them!
Students focused on a number of issues such as immigration, healthcare, housing, and animal rights:
"Currently there are approximately one million immigrants... Read More
A growth mindset is a phrase that was coined by Dr Carol Dweck and her research colleagues at Stanford University. Put simply, a growth mindset is the understanding that abilities and intelligence can be developed. Dweck and her team of researchers observed how thousands of children responding to failure, noticing that some students rebounded while others seemed devastated by the simplest setback giving rise to the terms growth and fixed mindset. Research has shown that students with a growth... Read More
Faculty and staff at Shu Ren International School have personally experienced and witnessed the benefits of a bilingual international education. Sometimes, we are so passionate about what we do, that it can be hard to put into words for others! However, many others are able to clearly outline some of the most important benefits of what we provide at Shu Ren. On November 29th, 2016, Anya Kamanetz, lead education blogger for National Public Radio (NPR) wrote an article outlining the current... Read More
MYP students led peers in a DIY tie-dye workshop to get our community excited for the upcoming charity fundraiser where they will be selling these beautiful t-shirts. . They’ve kindly shared their DIY secrets below and are hoping that these great tips inspire you to check out these items on sale at the fundraiser for Mexico earthquake relief on November 10th and 17th from 2:30 PM-3:15 PM.
How to Make Tie-Dye Shirt
Plain white shirts (100% cotton)
One Step Tie-Dye
Gloves... Read More
According to the IB, “Inquiry, interpreted in the broadest sense, is the process initiated by the students or the teacher that moves the students from their current level of understanding to a new and deeper level of understanding.” (International Baccalaureate, 2009) This idea of “movement” is often seen as a cycle, as students progress through different phases, whether asking questions, researching big ideas, consolidating understanding or taking action from what they have learned. The... Read More
The Pre-K4 class had so much fun on their field trip to the Speer Family Farm Pumpkin Patch! The children shared a range of different experiences with their friends including playing in the bounce houses and slides, picking pumpkins and corn, petting the farm animals, and having a picnic.
Back at school, the children were very excited to recall the fun experiences they had with their friends at the Pumpkin Patch. They worked together to make a graph which listed seven different places they... Read More
On October 28, two of our experienced educators, Kai-Yao To (Kindergarten Teacher) and Lam Tsoi (MYP Coordinator) presented to a group of language teachers at a symposium held at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterrey with the theme, Making Language Relevant. The topic of their presentation was, “Inquiry based Learning and Teaching”. Their presentation started with a general introduction of Inquiry Based Learning philosophy followed by a demonstration focused on what... 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).