- ASW IB Results 2021 (September 10, 2021)
Founded in 1953, ASW has served as the premier non-profit English language international school in Warsaw providing a welcoming and safe environment to all our students and their families. The American School of Warsaw (ASW) is a non-profit, Pre-K through grade 12 school. By offering the full IB Diploma in addition to the American high school diploma, ASW prepares students for colleges and universities around the world. Our educational program balances academics with the arts, athletics, activities, design, technology, and service learning. We equip our students for life beyond the classroom, teaching them to be independent thinkers and responsible, principled, and compassionate global citizens. It is a school where asking the right questions is more important than memorizing the right answers.
Founded in 1953, this is the oldest international school in Poland. It was established by the American embassy in Warsaw, to enable children from many different countries to learn in English. Currently, the school teaches children and youth from 50 countries around the world, mainly from America and Poland, at all levels of education—from kindergarten to elementary to high school. Since 2001, ASW has been located in Bielawa, just outside of Warsaw—between Wilanów and Konstancin-Jeziorn. The campus is a modern educational complex that provides excellent conditions for learning, developing artistic interests, and participating in sports activities. Among other facilities, it has its own theater with 365 seats, an indoor swimming pool, three gyms, a fitness center, and four soccer fields. ASW teaches children aged 3 to 18 (preschool - grade 12) in English, based on the American National Curriculum. It also applies the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) standards that ensure the proper implementation of American programs in foreign schools. Students in grades 11 and 12 have the opportunity to take the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) leading to the international IB diploma. ASW offers IB programs at the lower levels as well, namely, the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP). The school is accredited by the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Our Kids speaks to Jon Zurfluh, the director of The American School of Warsaw
Established in 1953, The American School Warsaw is an international non-profit school with over 50 nationalities. ASW offers education from kindergarten through high school. ASW is an International Baccalaureate World School, which means that it offers IB at all the three levels: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), and the Diploma Programme (DP). Students can get the full IB Diploma in addition to the American high school diploma.
Gallery showcasing school life and general photos of American School of Warsaw.
Gallery showcasing specific locations and facilities found at American School of Warsaw.
Rock Band classroom
Hall of Flags
Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.Primary Curriculum: Progressive
Progressive (sometimes called "inquiry based" or "discovery based") curricula use students' interests and their natural curiosity as the driver for instruction. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources necessary for students to investigate a topic or issue. Students are then encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers, solutions, and insights.Secondary Curriculum: Play-based
Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. "Pre-academic" skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different "stations" set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.
A school with a "supportive" academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, that the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a "rigorous" academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
|Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation|
|Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties|
Formal adjustments are made to the delivery of lessons to help mitigate the learning difficulty or exceptionality. The underlying content and expectations remain unchanged with accommodations, however. (Example: allowing a student to write tests in a quieter room).
The underlying content and expectations are modified and/or simplified for the sake of the student. (Examples: allowing student to use a calculator on a test when other students can’t; allowing students to bring word-banks or “cheat sheets” into certain tests, etc)
Research-based therapeutic measures that target and ameliorate the underlying weakness.
|ADHD (moderate to severe)|
|Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)|
|Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)|
|Language Processing Disorder|
|Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)|
|Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit|
|Behavioral and Emotional|
|Troubled behaviour / troubled teens|
|Drug and alcohol abuse|
|Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)|
|Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)|
|Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)|
|Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)|
Curriculum delivery: This information is not currently available.
|Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)|
|Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)|
|Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)|
|Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)|
|Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)|
|Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)|
|Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)|
|Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)|
|Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)|
|Track & Field|
This information is not currently available.
|PS/Kindergarten (3 years) to Gr. 12||970|
|% of foreign students||70%|
|# of nationalities attending school||50|
|Average graduating class size||75|
At the American School of Warsaw, we are committed to the concept that is central to our mission and practice, that we believe in many paths to learning. But, most importantly, we have developed a set of core values that describe how we inspire and teach in a way that these values become the cornerstones of character. This gives us an aspirational quality that defines and empowers our educational community.
At the American School of Warsaw, we are experts at transition, crafting diverse pathways that ensure students build on prior success, close gaps that may have emerged, and become prepared for their next adventure, whether returning home, further abroad, or off on their own to join colleges and universities around the world. With 50+ countries in our midst, this is a powerful and engaging challenge.
We stand by our demonstrated academic success over many decades, a proud tradition of providing our students with inspired and unique opportunities in athletics, music, drama, design, technology, and service learning. We value our strong links with top universities and colleges around the world, our welcoming and involved parent community, our purpose-built campus and facilities, and the world-class calibre of our globally recruited faculty and dedicated support staff.
But above all, we are distinguished by our students, our finest ambassadors. They are culturally diverse, engaging, intelligent, enthusiastic, and filled with integrity. They believe in the tenets of our core values, found elsewhere throughout this website. They can tell the stories of their learning that often reach beyond the classroom, the school, and the community to bring positive change to the world.
As I approach my 40th year as an educator, I’m proud and incredibly thankful that my journey has led me from Washington State through China and Russia to now settle in Poland as the Director of this amazing school. With my wife, an elementary teacher, and my daughter, an ASW alumni, we are all proud to be Warsaw Warriors!!
September 10, 2021
ASW IB Results 2021
We are very proud to share that our graduating class of 2021 exceeded the IB world averages in multiple categories. ...
October 22, 2020
2020 IB Results
Find out how our IB DP students scored in 2020. ...
October 22, 2020
Safely Returning to School
Find out how ASW students have safely returned to the classroom for the 2020-2021 school year. ...