"The second challenge is to establish our own curriculum program and provide a quality education that parents can trust and believe in. At Shu Ren we believe that being bilingual and bicultural will provide our students with a tremendous advantage in tomorrow's global economy. We also believe that the best learning comes from inquiry-based learning, not from teaching to the tests. It is insufficient for students to memorize contents and give the right answers. Instead, they need to be independent thinkers, problem solvers, lifelong learners and cross-cultural communicators. We find the program philosophy of the International Baccalaureate (IB) matches very well with ours. We are currently a Candidate School for the Primary Years Program (PYP) and are pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World schools share a common philosophy: a commitment to a high quality, challenging, international education that Shu Ren believes is important for our students. There are very few Mandarin immersion IB World Schools in the U.S., and none in California, so we are pioneers in combining the IB’s PYP with a Mandarin immersion education and it has been incredibly challenging and fulfilling at the same time.”
FCC-N. Calif: What makes Shu Ren different from other Mandarin immersion schools?
“We are different from other Mandarin immersion schools in two main aspects. First of all, we are one of the few schools with 100% Mandarin in our preschools while most others are 50% Mandarin – 50% English. Our immersion model is based on the fact that most of our students come from English speaking families and almost all of our students grew up in the U.S., an English speaking country. Therefore, we believe that to give the students as much exposure to Mandarin as possible in the early years will help build a solid foundation in Mandarin. Secondly, the fact that we are following the IB's PYP is also unique. Our inquiry-based learning philosophy separates us from the traditional Chinese educational model that emphasizes memorization of facts/contents and taking tests. Unlike some schools that teach Chinese as a separate subject, we teach Chinese language in a trans-disciplinary fashion – it is taught with Math, Social Studies, Science, Arts, etc. in our units of inquiry. We believe that this approach is much more effective in teaching Chinese because students are genuinely interested in the topics they are studying and the language is meaningful within the context of learning.”
Shu Ren International School is an independent, co-educational day school in Berkeley, California, for students in Pre-K through 8th grade. They will be holding a number of admissions events this fall. Shu Ren opened in 2008 with Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade and have added a grade each year since then. They offer a dual-immersion education in Chinese and English centered around an inquiry-based, transdisciplinary curriculum framework. They are enrolling Pre-K - 5th Grade for 2012-13. Shuttle bus service is available from San Francisco. Learn more about programs on their website: http://www.shureninternationalschool.com.
All families interested in applying for admission must attend both a school tour and an open house. Open Houses are scheduled for the following dates:
An Open House is an opportunity to learn about Shu Ren’s unique Mandarin immersion curriculum and its future plans. You are invited to visit the classrooms, talk with teachers and current parents, and learn how a Shu Ren education can benefit your child. School tours are also scheduled every Tuesday morning throughout the Fall. For more information, contact Jie Moore at the address and phone number below:
Jie Moore (郭捷), Ph.D.
Founder and Head of School
Shu Ren International School
1333 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
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