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Private and non-public primary schools in Poland

There are many great private and non-public primary schools in Poland


Private or non-public primary schools in Poland offer your child many advantages not provided by public primary schools. Luckily, there are many great private primary or elementary schools across Poland. This includes non-public primary schools in Warsaw, Kraków, Poznán, Wrocław, Łódź, Gdańsk, Szczecin, Bydgoszcz, Lublin, and Rzeszów.

Facts about primary school education in Poland

Primary schools (szkoła podstawowa) in Poland tend to have some common traits. Many private and public primary schools have similar guidelines. Below, we describe some of the main ones.

Age range

Children must attend primary school (private and public) from the age of 7 to 13. They normally attend primary school for six years in total.

Curriculum and skills learned

Different primary schools have different learning objectives. Most schools, though, aim for your child to acquire several key skills.

The school day

In most schools, the day starts between 8am and 9am and ends between 2pm and 3pm. Normally, several lessons are given throughout the day. These are around 45 minutes long with with 5 or 10 minute breaks in between. Lunch is usually around 30 minutes

Grade levels

According to Alberta’s Poland International Education Guide, primary education is often divided into two stages. The first stage (I Etap), Grades 1 to 3, is called integrated education. In this stage, teachers create a schedule, with a flexible timetable and breaks, and monitor educational rogress. This stage often involves the planning of as many as 18 lessons per week, including three hours of physical education.

Activities and subjects for stage 1

(based on Alberta’s Poland International Education Guide)

Activities and subjectsCumulative hours per week in three years
Integrated teaching*54
Religion/ethics6
Hours at the principal's discretion**12
Total72

* Combines elements of language arts, arithmetic, natural sciences, social skills, and the fine and performing arts.
**Since September 2008, six hours are devoted to foreign language.

The second stage (II Etap) covers Grades 4 to 6. At this stage, teaching is arranged by subjects and provided by individual teachers. In addition to subjects, the curriculum recommends “educational paths” (sciezki edukacyjne), such as reading, media, ecology, and health and social education.

Activities and subjects for stage 2

(based on Alberta’s Poland International Education Guide)

SubjectsCumulative hours per week in three years
Language arts16
History and social studies4
The arts (music and/or visual arts)4
Modern foreign language8
Math12
Natural science9
General technical subjects2
Computer science2
Physical education12
Lessons with the homeroom teacher3
Religion/ethics6
Hours at the principal’s discretion9
Total87

Types of private primary schools

There are many different kinds of private or non-public primary schools in Poland. These schools can differ in terms of teaching philosophy, focus, and more. It’s important to choose a school that’s right for your child.

Benefits of private primary schools

There are lots of reasons to send your child to a private primary or elementary school in Poland. As we all know, the early years, including the primary years, from 7 to 13, are critical to a child's development.

Of course, private school is a big commitment. It’s a big investment of time, energy and resources. That said, there are lots of advantages to sending your child to a non-public primary school.

Choosing a private primary school

Narrowing down a list of private schools may seem overwhelming. But choosing the right school doesn’t have to be a stressful process.

Here are some tips:

Also, consider the following questions:

Featured schools:


The British School

  • Warsaw, Poland
  • Grades: Preschool/Kindergarten (2.5 years) to Grade 12
  • Day school (Coed)

The Canadian School of Warsaw

  • Warszawa, Poland
  • Grades: Preschool/Kindergarten (2.5 years) to Grade 8
  • Day school (Coed)

Monnet International School

  • Warszawa, Canada
  • Grades: Preschool/Kindergarten (24 months) to Grade 12
  • Day school (Coed)