International Schools in Poland

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You will find below a list of the most popular international schools for expats in Poland with fee information. The list includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools for you to find the right school to prepare for the International Baccalaureate and other accreditation in Poland. Schools usually follow the American or UK curriculums with English-speaking programs, though there is a German, French, and Japanese option.

Education in Poland

The Polish education system is generally regarded favourably, although there have been some recent changes to the structure. Middle schools are scheduled to be disbanded, primary schools to be extended to eight years and upper secondary schools to be given one year more. The Polish education system is divided up into three sectors: primary, secondary and tertiary.

The education system in Poland is mandatory from the age of five in kindergarten, continuing onto zerówka or klasa 0. At the age of seven, children start primary school (szkoła podstawowa) for 8 years. It finishes with an exam.

Pupils continue to junior high school (gimnazjum) for three years, again ending in a compulsory exam (Matura). Vocational and technical education is via technical schools (technikum) and/or basic vocational schools (zasadnicza szkoła zawodowa).

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (primarily multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Poland. International schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam.

There is usually local population, as well as an international student body. Schools may follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, etc. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English. Schools also provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.

Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.

Accreditation & Membership

  • Council of International Schools (CoIS) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools.
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) is among the premier accrediting associations in the world.
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is an official academic body responsible for the accreditation of public and private universities, colleges, secondary and elementary schools.
  • Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) is an association of international schools in Central and Eastern Europe. The member schools are all sponsored by the United States Department of State, Office of Overseas Schools.
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) is an independent, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization which connects and serves over 1500 public, independent, and international learning communities in the US and worldwide.
  • Council of British International Schools (COBIS) serves British International Schools around the globe, representing over 281 Member Schools in 79 countries and over 209 Supporting Member organisations.
  • European Council of International Schools (ECIS) has a vision with five key aspects to help member schools; attracting, promoting and retaining talented staff, making use of tangible and intagible assets, managing information and intelligence, safeguarding integrity and standards, and facilitating transformation of learning ecosystems.

International School in Łódź

British International School of Łódź (BISUL)
Address: ul Matejki 34a
Łódź, Poland
Tel: 48 42 635 60 06
Tuition Rates: Inquire at the school

An international school providing the Cambridge programme and English instruction. The British International School has sections for Foundation, Primary and Secondary. Students are prepared for thier A levels. It is a member of COBIS.

International School in Krakow

British International School of Krakow (BISC Wrocław)
Address: ul. Smoleńsk 2531-108
Kraków, Poland
Tel: 48 12 292 64 78
Tuition Rates: 3,500 - 4,640 PLN per month

BISC Krakow is a co-educational, international school for primary and secondary students. It features a British education for children from 3–19 years of age. French and German-speaking students are offered three hours of native language instruction upon parental request. Mother-tongue instruction is also offered in Polish, Italian and Japanese. There is also an English as a second language (ESL) programme. Students can take the IB Diploma Programme, as well as the International General Certificate of Secondary Education exam. The school has been accredited by the University of London (Edexcel), AQA and the University of Cambridge. BISC Cracow is the sister school of BISC Wrocław.

Embassy International School
Address: ul. Smoleńsk 2531-108
Kraków, Poland
Tel: 48 786 943 720
Tuition Rates: 30,000 - 45,000 PLN per year

Embassy International School or Szkoła Międzynarodowa is an international school from the ages of 3 to 18/19. The language of instruction is in English, with native programs in Polish, Spanish, French, and more. Students are prepared with UK curriculum for their A levels. There is summer school and a range of extracurriculars. It is a member of COBIS and ECIS.

International School of Kraków (ISK)
Address: ul. sw. Floriana 57
Lusina, Kraków 30-698
Tel: 48 12 270 14 09
Tuition Rates: 36,000 - 59,000 PLN per year

ISK is an international school attached to the Polish Embassy of United States. Founded as the American International School of Kraków (AISK). ISK students in grades 0 (KG) through 2 may have Native Polish or French or Foreign Polish. In grades 3 through 5, there is Native Polish, Native French and Intercultural Polish Studies which combines Polish geography, history, culture and language. Students have an option of Foreign Spanish, French, and German. It is accredited by CEESA, CoIS, and has the IB Diploma Programme. It features modern facilities and extra-curriculars like basketball courts, soccer field, library, multi-purpose hall, computer lab and campus-wide wifi. Transportation is provided.

International Trilingual School of Cracow
Address: Świętej Agnieszki 1,
33-332 Kraków Polska
Tel: +48 533 321 084
Tuition Rates: Monthly payment: 1950pln

ITSC teaches children from 1 to 7 years in French, English and Polish. The curriculum is based on a comparison of the national core curricula of the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Poland. The priority is to enable students to move smoothly between different educational systems while maintaining the native level of teaching languages as native and foreign.

International School in Warsaw

Academy International
Address: ul. Krochmalna
300-864 Warszawa
Tel: 48 22 654 0088
Tuition Rates: Inquire at the school

This international school has several campuses with pre-schools. They offer bilingual (English/Polish) instruction.

Akademeia High School
Address: Ledóchowskiej 2
Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship, 02-972 Poland
Tel: 48 22 299 87 87
Tuition Rates: 109 000 - 135 000 PLN/year

Akademeia High School is an international, English speaking high school that teaches in a university-like model and classes have max. 12 students. The three-year curriculum concludes with the English Baccalaureate, which is followed by a two-years A Level programme with examinations at the end. Students select three or four A Level subjects plus obligatory Polish language for Polish Nationals. It is an accredited UCAS centre, Edexcel and AQA examination centre for the English Baccalaureate. For students interested in applying to American universities, the school prepares a special SAT/ACT exam courses.

American School of Warsaw (ASW)
Address: ul. Warszawska 202
05-520 Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland
Tel: 48 22 702 8500
Tuition Rates: 29,030 - 57,680 PLN per year

ASW is an English-language international school founded by the U. S. Embassy. The school is divided into elementary, middle and high school divisions. Students prepare for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme as well as the US High School Diploma. ASW is a member of CEESA, NEASC, and CoIS. Transportation is provided.

British School Warsaw
Address: ul. Limanowskiego 1502-943
Warsaw, Poland
Tel: 48 22 842 32 81
Tuition Rates: 37,100 - 89,980 PLN per year

British School Warsaw is an international school and part of the Nord Anglia Education family. The school follows the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) from Early Years through to Primary and follows the English National Curriculum in the Secondary Key Stages, the IGCSE examinations and a well established International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. The British School offers education to students aged 2 ½ to 18 years. There are two campuses with the main site offering facilities like libraries; IB Learning Centre, indoor and outdoor play facilities, sports halls, art rooms, music rooms, science laboratories and an on-line learning community. It is a member of COBIS.

Canadian School Warsaw (CSW)
Address: Bełska 7, 02-001
Warsaw, Poland
Tel: 48 692 411 573
Tuition Rates: Inquire at the school

An English-language international school for pre-school to middle school with three campuses. Curriculum based on the Canadian standard and offers the IB Primary Years Programme. Uniforms are required.

International American School of Warsaw (IAS)
Address: ul. Dembego 18, 02-796
Metro Kabaty, Warszawa
Tel: 48 22 649 14 40
Tuition Rates: 32,000 - 53,000 PLN per year

IAS was the first private American School of the post-Communist period. Instruction is in English and it offers pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade . It is accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization, AdvancED, and the Polish Ministry of Education. Students arerepared for the IB diploma. Extra-curricular activities are encouraged from STEAM, robotics, drama, mental arithmetics, taekwondo, swimming, basketball, fencing, football, chess, art and many more.

International Trilingual School of Warsaw
Address: Karowa 14/16 lok 6;Alfreda Nobla 16
Warszawa Mazowieckie 00-324,00-930 PL Polska
Tel: +48 503 072 119
Tuition Rates: Nursery and pre-school- yearly fee 23,820 pln/yearly (additional catering fee 22 pln/daily). Primary school- yearly tuition 33,850 pln/yearly (extra fee for catering 17 pln/daily).

The International Trilingual School of Warsaw is a multilingual School, comprising several campuses, offering rigorous instruction and guidance from Nursery to Grade 8. Available languages: English, French, Polish, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese. Parents choose three lecture languages for the child. They also have a campus with a nursery and kindergarten in Cracow.

Polish British Academy of Warsaw (PBA)
Address: Wiertnicza 75
02-952 Warszawa, Poland
Tel: 48 501 115 114
Tuition Rates: 25,800 - 31,800 PLN per year

PBA is an international school with English-instruction and curriculum based on UK standards. Students are accepted from pre-school to high school and prepared for Cambridge exams, Polish diploma, and British National Curriculum Assessments. It is accredited by COBIS. Uniforms are required and transportation is offered.

Thames British School
Address: Usypiskowa 5, 02-386
Warszawa, Poland
Tel: 48 666 924 205
Tuition Rates: 28,000 - 35,000 PLN per year

This international school follows the National Curriculum for England with instruction in English on two campuses. It caters to students from pre-school through 9th grade. Spanish is also offered from nursery to Year 6 as well as compulsory Polish lessons. There are a range of extracurriculars as well as transportation services.

Warsaw Montessori School
Address: Near Łazienki Park, ul. Badowska
1900-752 Warsaw
Tel: 48 22 851 68 93
Tuition Rates: Inquire at the school

A network of international schools with several campuses. Schools cater to pre-school to middle school. They offer English-language programs following Montessori curriculum.

French International School in Warsaw

Lycée Français René Goscinny de Varsovie (LFV)
Address: ul. Konstancińska
1302-942 Warszawa
Tel: 48 22 651 96 12
Tuition Rates: Inquire at the school

Known in Polish as Liceum Francuskie w Warszawie, this is a French internationational school. There are two campuses: one houses the school administration, collège (junior high school), and lycée (senior high school) while the other houses maternelle (preschool) and primaire (primary school). Instruction is in French and the curriculum is approved by the French education department.

German International School in Warsaw

Address: św. Urszuli Ledóchowskiej
302-972 Warszawa
Tel: 48 22 - 642 27 05
Tuition Rates: Inquire at the school

Willy-Brandt-Schule (Polsko-Niemiecka Szkoła Spotkań i Dialogu im. Willy’ego Brandta w Warszawie) is a German international school with classes for students from 1st to 12th grade (Grundschule to Sekundarstufe II). Instruction is in German and the curriculum is based on the German system. Students work towards their Arbitur.

Japanese International School in Warsaw

Japanese School in Warsaw
Address: ul. Kormoranow 7a
02-865 Warsaw, Poland
Tel: 48 22-643-5474
Tuition Rates: Inquire at the school

The Japanese School (Zai Pōrando Nihonkoku Taishikan Fuzoku Warushawa Nihonjin Gakkō; Polish: Szkoła Japońska przy Ambasadzie Japonii w Warszawie) is located at the Japanese Embassy in Warsaw. Instruction is in Japanese with courses in Polish and English. Curriculum is based on the Japanese system from 1st to 12th grade.

International School in Wrocław

British International School of Wrocław (BISC Wrocław)
Address: al. Akacjowa 10-1253-134
Wrocław, Poland
Tel: 48 (71) 796 68 61
Tuition Rates: 4,473 PLN per month

BISC Wrocław is a co-educational, international school for primary and secondary students. It features a British education for children from 3–19 years of age. French and German-speaking students are offered three hours of native language instruction upon parental request. Mother-tongue instruction is also offered in Polish, Italian and Japanese. There is also an English as a second language (ESL) programme. Students can take the IB Diploma Programme, as well as the International General Certificate of Secondary Education exam. BISC Wroclaw is the sister school of the BISC Cracow. Uniforms are required.

International School of EKOLA (ISE)
Address: ul. Ojca Beyzyma
1753-204 Wrocław
Tel: 48 667 989 113
Tuition Rates: 32,000 - 53,000 PLN per year

ISE belongs to Zespół Szkół EKOLA. It is an international high school with International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, authorized as IB Diploma school. Primary school follows the Polish national curriculum, with Junior High School / Middle School following the Polish national curriculum with bilingual (Polish-English) teaching.