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Private schools in Bialystok

What to expect from a non-public school in Bialystok?

There are two types of schools in the Polish education system: public schools and non-public schools. Parents must decide for themselves which school to choose for their child. Sometimes these are difficult choices. Before making a decision, it is worth checking carefully what the school your child may attend has to offer.  continue reading...

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Types of schools in Bialystok

There are many different types of private and non-public schools in Bialystok. This includes both alternative and mainstream schools offering a wide range of programs. Below, we describe some of the main kinds of private schools you’ll find in Bialystok.

International schools: These schools are geared toward foreign students, from Canada, the US, and across Europe, but they admit students from Poland. International schools offer English-language instruction in most or all courses. Some also offer bilingual, English-Polish instruction. And some offer the International Baccalaureate (IB), a world-renowned program with a high-level and challenging curriculum.

Social schools (szkoły społeczne): These are normally non-public (and non-profit) schools created by social organizations such as the Social Education Association (STO). Parents are often heavily involved in social schools, working closely with students, teachers, and staff. These schools, similarly to private schools, also tend to have small classes, use innovative teaching methods, and aim to build the social skills of students.

Montessori schools: Montessori schools and preschools are child-centred and closely follow Maria Montessori’s principles of education. They offer lots of self-directed learning, hands-on learning, child-to-child teaching, and group work. They also focus on the development of social and practical skills, and promote independence and responsibility. Montessori schools in Poland tend to be accredited by a certifying institute, such as the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), and have teachers trained at the Polish Montessori Institute (PMI).

Special needs schools: These schools provide support for students with one or more special needs. This includes physical, learning, linguistic, social, behavioural, and psychological needs. They offer small classes, differentiated instruction, and extra attention and resources for special needs students. Some of these schools offer full-time special needs support through a dedicated class or program. Others offer part-time support through a “withdrawal” special education class or through in-class accommodations or modifications.

Benefits of studying in private schools

Learning in private institutions has many benefits. Children whose parents choose this type of school or kindergarten are usually in good hands. The advantages of private schools include:

High-level teaching

Proven curricula

Often international curricula

Advanced methods of teaching foreign languages

Individualized curricula

Small classes

Good results at exams

International environment

Non-public schools give their students the opportunity to participate in a large number of extracurricular activities, so that they can pursue their interests, such as language learning, music, theater, film, sports, travel, history, literature, and many more.

Some private schools cooperate with schools of a similar type in other parts of Europe. In connection with joint educational programs, young people can take advantage of foreign trips during holidays. Children in these schools also learn soft skills, such as communication and the ability to work in a group.

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