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How to use schools rankings to choose a private school in Poland

Every day, in various forms, you can find all sorts of rankings and lists of the best kindergartens, primary schools, high schools and colleges. However, schools that only strive to rank higher, can lose value in the process. Of course, this is not the case for all educational institutions, many students have said that striving for the best position in the rankings can have a negative impact on such important things as passion, a good atmosphere, and cultural events. It often creates excessive stress.  continue reading...

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In the nationwide ranking of Poland secondary schools, such aspects as the results of the matura exam in compulsory subjects and the results of secondary school-leaving examinations from secondary subjects, can be taken into account. Parents like different types of rankings, which help inform the decision to choose a particular school. But it's important that they realize the limitations of this approach.

What’s most important when choosing a private school?

Parents who want their child to go to the best schools should not be guided only by generally available rankings or ratings. The best way to choose the right school is to visit a facility personally. Only a school that offers your child the opportunity to develop individual skills will give him or her a chance for a better start in life.

The choice of a particular educational institution should be made with special regard to your child's needs, predispositions, and interests. The selection of the best school should be supported by conversations and observations.

It is well known that private schools offer many more opportunities. The decision on which school to choose for a child is one of the most difficult. Parents from larger urban centers especially have more to consider, because there are plenty of private schools in such places as Warsaw, Kraków, Poznań, Wrocław, Łódź, Gdańsk, Szczecin, Bydgoszcz, Lublin, and Rzeszów.

Undoubted advantages of learning in a private school are smaller classes, learning foreign languages ​​at a higher level, and a rich offer of extracurricular activities to develop and pursue interests. Many private schools in Poland offer innovative teaching programs which use current best practices, established by empirical research.

There are really many types of schools to choose from—alternative, international, language, boarding schools, IB programs, Catholic schools, social and many more. However, the best way to find out about a school is through a personal visit to the facility.

It’s worth meeting with the management, talking to teachers, getting to know the opinions of other parents whose children are already there. A visit to the school is also an opportunity to observe the atmosphere there. The quality of education in a given school depends to a large extent on the commitment of its staff. Schools, teachers, and parents should all be very involved.

School rankings can be helpful, but shouldn’t be overestimated

In Poland, there are many types of school rankings and ratings, the best known are the annual magazine rankings Perspektywy. There’s also information that may be helpful in the Educational Research Institute, and of course you can also consult different types of online forums.

A school listed high in the rankings (or given a good review) will not be appropriate, because those rankings and reviews do not take into account all relevant factors. They also aren’t focused on the best fit for your child.

Choosing a school for your child should be guided by such factors as:

  • educational program
  • content of the school, and the possibility of involvement of parents in
  • variety of classes, organization science
  • ability to participate in extracurricular activities
  • experience of the teaching staff
  • childcare after school
  • distance from home
  • food and nutrition

The child spends almost a third of the day at school. The ideal option is if at that time he or she will be in a friendly environment where personal dignity and individuality are respected.

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