Skip to main content

Best schools in Warsaw Poland

A snapshot overview of schools in Warsaw that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.

If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.

Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names.

By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.

Schools in Warsaw reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International

American School of Warsaw (ASW)  (pending)

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 900 students

Founded in 1953 on a campus just outside Warsaw. An international school with a strong American element (about 25 per cent of the students are US citizens). Sound academics with, consistently, very respectable average IB Diploma scores. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

The British School, Warsaw

IPC/ National Curriculum for England/ IGCSEs/ IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,000 students

Founded in 1992, the first in the collection of schools, owned and run by the rapidly expanding Nord Anglia Education group, now with over 60 worldwide schools under their mangagement. Students from over 40 nationalities but a strong contingent (approx. 40%) of Polish nationals. Solid IB Diploma results well above the global average figure. The school’s list of recent university destinations includes Oxbridge, Russell Group members and Ivies.

International American School, Warsaw (IAS)  (pending)

Adapted American/ Polish curriculum/ Polish Matura/ American High School Diploma/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 250 students

Established in 1989, the first post-Communist international school in Poland. Offers a bilingual Polish/English education to predominantly Polish students. Provides the option of graduating with either a Polish, American or IB Diploma. Accredited by the European Council of Independent Schools (ECIS) and COGNIA, the body representing three of the six American accreditation agencies.

These schools have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.


International European School, Warsaw (IES)

Adapted Polish/ English curriculum/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 400 students

Founded in 2003, in the mainly expat area of Warsaw around Wilanow Palace. Mainly Polish students with a sprinkling of children from longer term expat British families. They do not update their IB results on an annual basis but in the latest published details, students achieved a very respectable average score, compared to the global figure.

Lycée Français René Goscinny de Varsovie

French curriculum/ Bac/ Brevet; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 740 students

Founded in 1919 under the name L’École France de Varsovies and now on a campus close to The British School. One of the approximately 500 international schools supported by the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) and accredited by the French Ministry of Education. On two campuses, one for maternelle (pre-school) and primaire (primary) and the other for college (junior high school) and lycée (senior high school). Approximately 50 per cent of students are French passport holders.

The Canadian School of Warsaw

PYP/ Adapted curriculum; ages 2-16; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 250 students

Established in 2000. The pre-school and elementary division are taught in English and the middle school (opened in 2015) has a bilingual English/Polish programme, supplemented by parts of the IB MYP programme. Expats are in the majority in the pre-school but slightly in the minority higher up the school. Two-thirds of the teachers in pre-school are foreign but that goes down to under ten per cent in the middle school. 

Most popular Good Schools Guide articles

  • Education in Warsaw Poland: an overview

    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. 

  • Living in Warsaw Poland: an expat guide

    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. 

  • The Good Schools Guide International

    Corona Virus As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, The Good Schools Guide International offers the following guidance:  Determine the global situation and that of individual countries on government mandated school closures by accessing the UNESCO information on this link:   For updates on the medical situation, go to  the World Health Organisation website at  If you wish to contact one of our GSGI listed schools to discover their current status or any plans for alternate learning strategies, please go to our database to find email and phone numbers for each school If your company makes you brexit, The GSGI should be your first…

  • Moving Overseas: Before You Go, Read This!

    Books and movies to check out before you relocate overseas, and after you arrive. Expert advice or just plain funny; for expats, ambassadors, parents and travelers. Chosen by GSGI editors.

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 >

The Good Schools Guide newsletter

The Good Schools Guide Newsletter

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

The Good Schools Guide manifesto for parents