This is an overview of the main schools catering to English-speaking families in Warsaw.
Out of all the schools concerned, we have already identified the really good ones, and put the banner “ ” by their names below (meaning from what we already know, these schools warrant review by the GSGI but are still pending visits and confirmation).
We select these banner schools after conducting extensive parent interviews. Our Warsaw editor then personally researches each school, visits and meets the head, and writes the full review,
Remember, the paragraphs below are simply informational; this list includes both the schools expats choose and the schools they don't. To read the full reviews of GSGI selected schools, click on the GSGI entry next to each school's name (repeat: only the ones with the banner).
The British School, Warsaw ()
Ul. Limanowskiego 15
Early Years to year 1:
Ul. J. Dąbrowskiego 84
Tel: +48 22 842 3281
Fax: +48 22 842 3265
English National Curriculum from Early Years leading to IGCSEs and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Approximately 1,000 students aged 2.5 to 18; co-ed; private day school. A member of the Nord Anglia Education ‘global family’ of international schools.
Founded in 1992, it is considered the place to go for a British education in Poland despite a strong contingent of native Polish students (approx. 40%). The language of instruction is English with firm native accents heard throughout the school from students and teachers. Even British enough for a visit from royalty, HRH the Earl of Wessex, who visited the school in summer 2014 to open the new Arts Centre. Most British families and the embassy lot end up here and enjoy the welcome and the community the school and active PTA offer. Polish nationals can also take the Polish National Exams and receive certification therefore receiving a bi-lingual education.
Considered the strongest academic school for expats with some students earning top or almost top marks in IB every year and going on to prestigious universities including Oxbridge. In a good location near enough to the Warsaw city centre and in the middle of some leafy residential areas. Not on a huge site so limited in the sports pitches it can provide but facilities are constantly being upgraded and expanded.
American School of Warsaw
Bielawa, ul. Warszawska 202
Tel: + 48 22 702 8500, + 48 22 702 8542 (admissions)
Fax: +48 22 702 8542 (admissions)
American Curriculum from Pre-K to High School and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Approximately 800 students aged 4 to 18; co-ed; private day school.
Since 1953 ASW has offered an American based curriculum with the school divided into Elementary, Middle and High School. A large campus style American hub or ‘bubble’ just outside Warsaw with families often opting to live in compounds surrounding the school. Plenty of colourful flags welcome visitors along the corridors drumming in that this is an international school. Approximately one quarter are American with a high proportion of Polish and Korean students.
The location affords it plenty of space for sports fields, never ending gym halls, professionally stocked music rooms and an auditorium as icing on that facilities cake. Parents comment on the excellent facilities and opportunities in arts and music rather than strong academic rigor.
Lycée Français René Goscinny de Varsovie
Collège, lycée and administration
ul. Walecznych 4/6
Ecole maternelle et élémentaire (primaire)
ul. Konstancińska 13
Co-ed, private day school following the French Curriculum. Approximately 800 students aged 2 to 18; co-ed; private day school.
Two campuses: one houses the school administration, collège (junior high school), and lycée (senior high school). The other houses maternelle (pre school from age 2) and primaire (primary school). Often considered a good option for ‘middle income’ expats and families opting not to face the fees of the British and American Schools. Distinctly ‘French’ feel with big families and a train of Renault Espaces parked along the road outside. A real family community with big hugs and kisses from teachers to students and between parents at drop off and pick up. In recent years more and more British families have chosen to have their children in the French system in particular for the early primary school years. Practically adjoining the British School so parents have been known to mix ‘n’ match within families to get the foreign languages going.
International European School, Warsaw
ul. Wiertnicza 140
Tel/Fax: +48 22 842-44-48
Approximately 400 students aged 3 to 18; co-ed; private day school.
Situated in a new building in the expat area around Wilanow Palace. Offering a primary and middle years curriculum which focuses on the Polish National programme and includes elements of the English National Curriculum. During High School students prepare for and take between 5-8 IGSCES and then move on to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
Often considered a private school for Polish children who would like a good grounding in English with elements of an English education. There are a sprinkling of native British students but often from families who are longer term expats keen for a bi-lingual (Polish/English) education at fees considerably lower than the British or American Schools.
A perk is the free bus service offered to all pupils within a 20km radius.
International American School
ul. Dembego 18,
Tel: +48 22 649 14 40
Co-ed, private day school offering an American and Polish Programme and the IB Diploma Programme.
The first private international school established in Poland in the post-Communist era (1989). Currently across 2 campuses in Ursynow, a residential area located between Warsaw and Konstancin. Plans are afoot for a move to Konstancin nearer to the American School of Warsaw.
A good option for students wishing for a bi-lingual Polish/English education as Polish nationals are obliged to take the Polish National exams. Students are pre dominantly Polish. In the Primary and Middle years the curriculum combines aspects of the Polish, American and International education systems. The High School Years are designed for completing the Polish Matura, the International Baccalaureate or the American high school diploma curriculum.
The Canadian School of Warsaw
The Canadian Pre School of Warsaw
53 Ignacego Krasickiego Street
The Canadian Elementary School of Warsaw
7 Bełska Street
The Canadian Middle School of Warsaw
11 Olimpijska Street
Tel: +48 692 411 573 (School Office Co-ordinator)
A small, co-ed, private day school operating since 2000. Primary school focused with Pre school, Elementary and Middle School education (from 2015).
The Pre School and Elementary Schools are authorised IB Schools for the Primary Years Programme (PYP) where teaching is in English. The Middle School has a bi-lingual programme (English /Polish) based on the Polish National Curriculum and supplemented by the IB Programme.