Chinese Language Preschools
Archived Q&A and Reviews
Am wondering if anyone has any ideas or referrals for a bilingual/immersion preschool that teaches Chinese. I just visited Starlite Child Development Center in downtown Oakland (they have a sister campus at East Bay Academy). Just saw some old reviews here noting there's not much communication and there's a lack of parental involvement. (The Director said it's to facilitate the child's comfort level with the staff and school.) Wondering if anyone can share about their/their child's experience at either. Thanks! Eesa
I don't know about Starlite, but I can strongly recommend Shu Ren International School, a new Chinese immersion school in Berkeley. My son is in the pre-school (pre-k) there and we have been extremely happy with the teachers, his language development, and the community that is being built up around the school. The pre-k classes are 100% Mandarin; English will be gradually introduced in Kindergarten and higher grades. The teachers are warm, knowledgeable and creative, and it's been a very stimulating and loving environment for our son. Teachers communicate very well with parents and even keep blogs where they update parents every week on what the kids do in the classroom and post photos. Their website is http://shureninternationalschool.com/ and phone number is: (510) 981-0320. I recommend you check it out. shu ren parent
There are two new ones in Berkeley -- Global Montessori (started by some teachers from the Pacific Rim International Montessori School) and Shu Ren International School. I don't have personal experience with either one, but I've visited both and they seem worth exploring. Good luck! Looking Too
I am looking for a Mandarin immersion program for my 4-year-old son in Berkeley/Oakland area. Can anyone recommend either a kindergarten or a summer camp that provides such programs?
I'd like some feedback on Global Montessori International School.
What other Mandarin immersion preschool options are out there? PRINTS (esp from other local Emeryville parents), the new Shu Ren? What else?
Lastly, what options are there if GMIS too difficult a commute for us - do other families carpool? (I can do the afternoon commute, but not morning.)
I would suggest looking into Pacific Rim International School (PRINTS) in Emeryville. There is a lot of good information on them in the archives, and their website is http://www.pacificriminternationalschool.org/ Good luck.
Shu Ren International School is a new school opening in September in Berkeley (on University Ave and Acton St), which will offer full Chinese immersion using the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program curriculum. They will start with Pre-K and Kindergarten and add a grade every year. We've signed our son up to go there in the fall because after extensive research on the other Chinese schools in the area, this was clearly the best option. We really like the IBO program, which is a very special and impressive curriculum, and the fact that the first years will use full Mandarin immersion. We are also impressed by the dedication and intelligence of the head of school and her vision for the school. You can get more information about the school and application at http://shureninternationalschool.com/. berkeley mom
I would recommend you considering Shu Ren International School, a Mandarin-English immersion school scheduled to open in September 2008 in Berkeley. I am the founder of the school, and can give you a brief description of our school. Shu Ren will offer an immersion program in Mandarin and English within the framework of the world-class International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) programs. Shu Ren aims to become the nationms first Mandarin-English immersion school offering IBOms Primary Years Program (PYP) to Pre-K through 5 grade students, and Middle Years Program (MYP) to 6-8th grade students. Shu Ren will open with Pre-K, Kindergarten, and first grade and add one grade each school year. We are currently enrolling students for the 2008 q 09 school year. Our new campus will be located at 1333 University Avenue in central Berkeley, close to UC Berkeley campus, I-580/I-80, North Berkeley Bart Station, and other public transportation. For more information about our school, please go to our website www.ShuRenInternationalSchool.com. Good luck with your search! Jie Moore
I am looking for a Mandarin program for my 3 year old. Preferably in the Oakland area. I have checked in with Albany Chinese school, the closest one I've found so far. Does anyone have any insight into their curriculum or know of any other schools? Wendy
The Chinese Cultural Education Association has Mandarin classes for children 2 1/2 to 5 years old on Friday mornings beginning in the fall. My child is in an older group and has benefitted from the excellent instruction. For more information write to info[at]cceanewsprouts.org
Hello -- Wondering if anyone is familiar with any Cantonese-English bilingual preschools in Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville or Albany. I have only been able to find Mandarin language ones. Thanks!
Try Yuk Yau Early Childhood Center (291 10th St, 510.879.0824) or Yuk Yau Annex (314 E 10th St, 510.879.0821), both in Oakland. Katie
I'm interested in finding a daycare or preschool which is run in Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin) for my 2-yr.-old. Can anybody recommend one in the East Bay? Lisa