Skip to main content

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
02-943 Warsaw

Early Years to year 1:

Ul. J. Dąbrowskiego 84
02-571 Warsaw

Tel: +48 22 842 3281
Fax: +48 22 842 3265
Email: [email protected]

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
05-520 Konstancin-Jeziorna

Tel: + 48 22 702 8500, + 48 22 702 8542 (admissions)
Fax: +48 22 702 8542 (admissions)
Email: [email protected]

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
03-916 Warsaw

Ecole maternelle et élémentaire (primaire)

ul. Konstancińska 13
02-942 Warsaw

Tel: +48 22 616 54 00 (college), +48 22 651 96 12 (primaire)
Fax: +48 22 616 53 99 (college), +48 22 642 93 92 (primaire)
Email: [email protected] (college), [email protected] (primaire)

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
02-952 Warsaw

Tel/Fax: +48 22 842-44-48
Email: [email protected]

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,
02-796 Warsaw

Tel: +48 22 649 14 40
Email: [email protected]

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
02-608 Warsaw

The Canadian Elementary School of Warsaw

7 Bełska Street
02-638 Warsaw

The Canadian Middle School of Warsaw

11 Olimpijska Street
02-636 Warsaw

Tel: +48 692 411 573 (School Office Co-ordinator)
Email: [email protected]

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.

Most popular Good Schools Guide articles

  • Special educational needs introduction

    Some special needs are easy to spot, others are only determined once a child has experienced considerable difficulties, frustrations or social and emotional problems.  Over the years, diagnosis of and provision for SEN have improved, but both can still be a minefield. Identifying different kinds of special educational needs Few children fit a condition perfectly – if they do, we tend to say they are a ‘classic’ case. Most will not be straightforward: perhaps a dyslexic with dyspraxia and a touch of ADD, or a child with ASD who also has Down’s syndrome. Just as special needs are hard to…

  • Finding a state grammar school

      There are currently around 164 state funded grammar schools located in 36 English local authorities, with around 167,000 pupils between them. There are a further 69 grammar schools in Northern Ireland, but none in Wales or Scotland. Almost half of these are considered 'selective authorities' (eg Kent and Buckinghamshire), where around one in five local children are selected for grammar school entry based on ability. The others are areas such as Barnet or Kingston, with only a few grammar schools. How to find a state grammar school Word of warning: not all selective grammar schools have 'grammar' in their…

  • The Good Schools Guide online subscription

    Find the best school for your child. One month subscription - £0.49 per day Three month subscription - £0.41 per day Six month subscription - £0.33 per day One year subscription - £0.29 per day Register for instant access to: ☑ Search for more than 30,000 schools in our parent friendly interactive directory. ☑ Create and save lists of schools via My Schools. ☑ Use our comparison grid to get exam results overview of schools you are interested in. ☑ Find comprehensive advice on state and independent schools, tutors and special needs. ☑ Catchment maps for English state schools by…

  • Schools for children with performing arts talents

    As proud parents, we all know our children are unique. They're smarter than anyone else's, funnier, certainly more attractive, better behaved and above all bursting with the kind of talent that would leave Daniel Radcliffe or Charlotte Church standing. And sometimes, just sometimes, parental pride is justified.

  • Uni in the USA... and beyond

    The British guide to great universities from Harvard to Hong Kong. We tell you how to choose, how to apply, how to pay. Why study in the US? Ask the US-UK Fulbright Commission... Ask the US-UK Fulbright Commission who report that you're in good company: the US is the top destination for international students worldwide.  In fact, over 11,000 British students chose the States for their studies last year. Read more Scholarships for International Students Here's where you click to receive our giant pdf on US university scholarships for international students, covering how to find financial aid and how... Read more Can I afford it? America might proclaim…

Subscribe for instant access to in-depth reviews:

30,000 Independent, state and special schools in our parent-friendly interactive directory
 Instant access to in-depth UK school reviews
 Honest, opinionated and fearless independent reviews of over 1,000 schools
 Independent tutor company reviews

Try before you buy - The Charter School Southwark

The Good Schools Guide subscription

GSG Blog >    In the news >

The Good Schools Guide newsletter

The Good Schools Guide Newsletter

Educational insight in your inbox. Sign up for our popular newsletters.

Now the school and university years are over


Apprenticeship levy leaving you baffled? Leveraging the Levy on 5th April 2019. Buy tickets now