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Best schools in Warsaw Poland

A snapshot: schools in Warsaw considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats.

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

 (pending) means that the school is on our list to review.

By full GSGI review, we mean school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final reviews 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 and descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. We are aware of the other schools on this page and we continually add or remove schools, as deemed appropriate.

International schools

American School of Warsaw (ASW)  (pending)

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 950 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   very respectable average International Baccalaureate Diploma scores, consistently in the mid-thirties. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

The British School, Warsaw

International Primary Curriculum/ National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 970 students

Founded in 1992, the first in the collection of schools, owned and run by the Nord Anglia Education group, now expanded to over 65 schools worldwide. Over 40 nationalities but a strong contingent (approximately 40 per cent) of Polish students. Solid International Baccalaureate Diploma results with a well above global average score in the mid-thirties as opposed to the global figure of just under 30. The school’s list of recent university destinations includes Oxbridge, Russell Group and Ivies.

International American School, Warsaw (IAS)  (pending)

Adapted American curriculum/ 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 International Baccalaureate 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.

Canadian School of Warsaw

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 International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme.

International European School Warsaw (IES)

Adapted Polish curriculum/ adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE / IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 400 students

Founded in 2003, in the area of Warsaw around Wilanow Palace, popular with expats. Mainly Polish students with a sprinkling of children from longer term expat British families. Considering the nationality of most of the students, they tend to achieve a very respectable average score in the low to mid-thirties for the International Baccalaureate Diploma against a global average of 29.8.

International Trilingual School of Warsaw

Adapted trilingual curriculum; ages 1-14; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 450 students

A truly trilingual school on three campuses in downtown Warsaw, teaching in English and Polish plus a choice of Spanish, French, Chinese and Japanese. The school is divided roughly half and half between local and international students and the curriculum is drawn from 7 different national sources.

Lycée Francais René Goscinny

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

Founded in 1919, under the name L’École France de Varsovies,. Located on a campus close to The British School. One of the around 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 collège (junior high school) and lycée (senior high school). Approximately 50 per cent of students are French passport holders. Accredited by the French Ministry of Education.

Monnet International School

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned

One of the oldest private bilingual English/Polish schools in Poland, founded in 1992. Caters for mainly Polish students and offers the original three programmes of the International Baccalaureate. Graduates have moved on to international universities outside Poland, including in the UK and USA.

For more information on the schools above, please go to  each school’s individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.


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