International School of Krakow (ISK) was established by the American School in Warsaw in 1993. In 1998, the growth of the International (American) School in Krakow enabled it to operate as an independent institution. In 2004, reflecting the changing student population, the school adopted an international curriculum to better meet the needs of its students. In doing so, the school became International School of Krakow. In 2005, ISK joined the Krakow International School Project, an initiative of leading international companies in the region, to promote the development of international education. ISK is currently working to expand its program through cooperative educational efforts with some of the best higher education institutions in Krakow.
Organization: The school board is the main governing body of the school. The board is made up of a maximum of nine members. The Consul General of the United States is designated as Chairman of the Board. The school cooperates with a national non-profit educational foundation. ISK is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS) and is a fully authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Global School, offering the Diploma programme. ISK’s stated mission is to be dedicated to excellence in the intellectual and personal development of tomorrow’s global citizens.
Curriculum: ISK’s core curriculum is based primarily on standards used in many US schools, such as Common Core, NGSS, and AERO; but is also inspired by the standards of the province of Ontario and the national language programs of Poland, France and Germany. The Early Years program is run according to the Reggio-Emilia approach, foreign language lessons follow the Common European Framework (CEFR) and grades 11 and 12 follow the IB Diploma programme. English is the main language of instruction. ISK uses the MAP assessment for student progress from grades 3 to 9; The PSAT is offered in grades 10 and 11; and the SAT is offered a few times per academic year. There are many extracurricular activities and opportunities to participate in CEESA events, such as Knowledge Bowl, Speech and Debate, Volleyball, Football, Basketball, Cross Country, Swimming, Choir, Guitar, Cooking, Yoga, Magazine, craft club and Lego club, among others.
Faculty: In the 2022-2023 school year, ISK has 79 staff members, including 65 teachers, including 16 US citizens, 34 host country nationals and 15 third-country nationals from the United States, Canada , UK, Italy, Spain, France, Ukraine, South Africa and Guatemala. All teaching teachers maintain a teaching certificate/credential, e.g. a diploma (BA at least) in teaching/registered teacher’s certificate from their home country.
Registration: At the start of the 2022-2023 school year, enrollment was 328 (ages 3-18), including 28 U.S. citizens, 111 host-country nationals, and 189 third-country nationals.
Facilities: The school is in a facility just outside the city, located on a hill between two forest reserves overlooking the city of Krakow. The campus is secured with security infrastructure and guards. The school facility offers spacious classrooms, a library, four student lounges, a sports court, a basketball court, a computer lab, an art room, a music center, and more.
finance: During the 2022-2023 school year, the annual tuition rates are as follows:
Early childhood: application fee PLN (one-time) – 2,500 (two thousand five hundred PLN); Tuition PLN – 39,552.00 zł (thirty-nine thousand five hundred and fifty-two PLN). K0 – 12: Application fee PLN (one-time) – 6,350 (six thousand three hundred and fifty PLN); Tuition fee PLN – 64,821.00 zł (sixty-four thousand eight hundred and twenty-one PLN) Reservation fee (non-refundable) of 4233 PLN is credited to the annual tuition fee. (All fees are quoted in Polish zloty.)
Special needs: Download Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Poland, Krakow) for this school to find out more about its ability to support students with difficulties.
This information sheet is intended to provide general information. Potential school users may wish to inquire further with the A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more accurate and up-to-date information. Information and statistics are current to September 2022 and are provided by the school.