Warsaw is yet to rank in the ‘Top 10 places to grow up on the planet’ but children and teenagers quickly get to know and love their city. It is small, picturesque (in places), offers tradition and modernity and is safe as European capital cities go. Warsaw has plenty of history and culture for expats to get their teeth in to and has a thriving, adventurous and multi cultural expat community. This is combined with an increasing number of wealthy and internationally minded Polish families who wish to see their children educated in English through an international system providing a future path to higher education abroad (with some prestige and kudos thrown in for good measure). The result is a few well-established international schools which serve the need for multi national, British or American-style education.
It may not be high on everyones bucket list as an ‘ideal place to live’, but Warsaw offers an inexpensive, safe and cosy expat experience. To really get the most out of this city and country, you need to scratch the surface and dig a little deeper, but you will be rewarded. Aesthetically, it will not ‘wow’ initially, especially your route in from the airport through various industrial zones and building sites, but be assured it only gets better. Remind yourself that after WWII, Warsaw was left in ruins by the Nazis and about 80 percent of the city was destroyed. Next came the rather harsh Soviet rule for 40+ years. But Poland has picked itself off the floor and reinvented itself . No wonder the spirit of the locals is one of total perseverance, hope and energy.
This is an overview of the main schools catering to English-speaking families in Warsaw.