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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 pupils

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 a very respectable average IB Diploma score of 34 points in 2019. 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 pupils

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 in their ownership. Over 40 nationalities but a strong contingent (approx. 40%) of Polish students. Solid IB Diploma results with an average score in 2019 of 33 points against the global figure of 29.6. The school’s list of recent university destinations includes Oxbridge, Russell Group and Ivies.

International American School, Warsaw (IAS)  (pending)

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

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 the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS).

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/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 400 pupils

Founded in 2003 in the expat area of Warsaw around Wilanow Palace. Mainly Polish students with a sprinkling of children from longer term expat British families. In 2017 (latest published results), students achieved a very respectable average score of 33 points for the IB Diploma against a global average of 29.8.

Lycée Français René Goscinny de Varsovie

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

Founded in 1919 under the name L’École France de Varsovies and now with a campus close to The British School. One of the nearly 500 international schools run by the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE). 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 pupils

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.

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