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Choosing a high school in Poland

How to choose the right secondary school.

When choosing a high school or other secondary school, keep in mind that private schools are much more independent in what and how they teach. Public schools have to follow the Ministry of Education's curriculum and guidelines so there is not much room for innovation and individualization. This may often suppress a student’s potential. Teachers can rarely focus on individuals, but rather on the class as a group, with often over 30 students.  continue reading...

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On the other hand, in private schools, teachers can individualize teaching due to smaller classes and more freedom. This promotes the development of each student.

What to look for when choosing a school?

Choosing from a wide and growing range of private schools in Poland, there’s lots of opportunity to choose the right school for your child.

Many private schools offer, even before early recruitment, the chance to getb to know them, e.g. at their open days. Families can visit the school, meet the teaching staff, ask questions, etc. This is a good way to learn about the school’s ethos, its teaching methods—its approach to each student and to the whole group. This helps you evaluate whether the teaching staff is experienced, qualified, and thus can be trusted to take care of your growing child’s development.

Private high school schools place great emphasis on acquiring a broad and deep knowledge of the subjects within a specific program or profile. This helps students not only acquire the required knowledge but also think carefully about their professional future.

Benefits of a private high school

Many private schools offer experienced staff, individualized teaching, and—most importantly—high quality of instruction. Just as we care for our children, private schools do all they can to ensure the development of each student. This makes it easier for them to begin to choose their future career path. A big plus of private schools is that many of them prepare students for the labour market, in addition to future studies. All this and more means that high school isn’t a tedious duty before more serious studies, but inpiring training that properly prepares students for effective work and education.

Private schools in Poland have lots of great features. For international students, in particular, they have several benefits.

• High-level academics: Polish private schools are renowned for their high-level of instruction and rigorous academics. They offer a wide range of challenging subjects, as well as opportunities for enrichment, through specialized programs and individualized instruction.

• Advanced study programs: Many private schools in Poland offer advanced study programs. The most common one is IB and the IB diploma, especially at the high school level. Some schools also offer AP courses and gifted programs.

• English language programs: There a lots of private schools in Poland tailored to foreign or international students. Most of these have English as their primary language of instruction. This can be ideal for the student who wants to study abroad, but doesn’t speak a foreign language (such as Polish).
Foreign language programs: Many schools offer second-language programs (or courses) in Polish. Some also offer second-language programs in other foreign languages, such as French, Spanish, Italian, and German.

• A diverse student body: One advantage of studying abroad is the opportunity to work, interact, and likely live with students from different places. This is a special virtue of international Polish schools, where your child will be a part of a diverse student body, with kids from several countries and continents.

• Broadening one’s horizons: Going to an international school, such as one in Poland, is the ultimate way to broaden one’s horizons. Your child will be exposed to a new country, culture, and language (in fact, many of them). They’ll meet new people, go to new places, and have new experiences. They’ll also have the chance to travel across Europe and overseas

Choosing a school in Poland

Going to school in Poland is an appealing option for many international students. It can be a great way to pursue academic challenges, enrichment opportunities, learn a new language, and broaden one’s horizons.

In choosing the right school for your child, you should consider a variety of factors.

• School cost: Private schools in Poland vary in cost. Depending on many factors, annual tuition can be anywhere from $10, 000 to $60, 000. This may or may not include room and board.

• Cost of living: Living in Poland is relatively cheap compared to other countries in Europe and North America. The low prices of food, rent, and entertainment is one of the main reasons many people choose to live or study in Poland.

• School reputation: It’s important to look into a school carefully. This might involve speaking to a school directly, to others who know about it, or even looking at online reviews. The more you know about a school, the better you can decide whether it’s a good fit for your child. You might also look into whether the school is accredited, by a government or independent body.

• School fit: Overall, you’ll want to find a school that’s the right fit for your child. It should be able to meet your child’s academic, social, and emotional needs. It should also have strong support programs, including special needs support (if your child has a special need, such as learning disorder). Some other factors affecting fit include school size, philosophy, curricular approaches, extracurriculars, and student life.

• Living in Poland: Living and going to school in Poland can be a great experience for your child. Your child will be exposed to a new country, culture, and local population. Like any big move, though, there will be a learning curve. Your child will be moving to either a smaller or bigger city. They may also have to learn a new language (or at least become competent with it). And they’ll certainly have to learn new routines, customs, and traditions (this is part of the fun of going to an overseas school!).

Here are the criteria worth considering:

• Admissions criteria

• Educational program

• Class size

• Facilities

• Opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities

• Experience of the teaching staff

• Distance from home

• Support with university admissions

• School culture/ethos

• Cost

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