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Social primary schools in Poland

Non-public social primary schools in Poland



There are lots of social primary schools in Poland: in Warsaw, Kraków, Poznań, Wrocław, Łódź, Gdańsk, Szczecin, Bydgoszcz, Lublin, and Rzeszów.

Poland's social primary schools offer education to local students, but they also admit international students from Canada, the US, Britain, and other countries.  continue reading...


List of schools

School  ( = Featured ) Grades Type Languages / Type
1 Zespół Edukacyjny im. Lotników Amerykańskich

Wóycickiego 1/3, bud. 18, Warszawa, 01-938
PS/Kindergarten (3 years) to Gr. 12 English, German, Polish, Spanish
1 Zespół Szkół Społecznych SPLOT im. Jana Karskiego

Limanowskiego 7, Nowy Sącz, 33-300
Gr. 1 to Gr. 12 English, French, German, Polish, Spanish
1 Szkoła podstawowa nr 1 STO Białystok

ul. Mieszka I 5, Białystok, 15-054
Gr. 0 to Gr. 8 Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN) Polish
Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN)
0 I Społeczne Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Maharadży Jam Saheba Digvijay Sinhji Zespół Szkół Bednarska
Zawiszy 13, Warszawa, 01-167
0 Społeczna Szkoła Podstawowa Nr 4 STO
Traktorzystów 16, Warszawa, 02-495
0 Społeczne Gimnazjum Startowa Zespół Szkół Bednarska
Startowa 9, Warszawa, 02-248
0 Społeczna Szkoła Nr 10
ul. Ostrobramska 72, Warszawa, 04-175
0 Społeczne Gimnazjum Hispaniola Zespół Szkół Bednarska
Zawiszy 13, Warszawa, 01-167
0 Społeczne Szkoły Bułhaka
Trakt Brzeski 63, Warszawa, 05-075
0 WIS - Wrocław International School
Racławicka 101, Wrocław, 53-149
0 Szkoły Stowarzyszenia Sternik
ul. Pożaryskiego 28, Warszawa, 04-703
0 Gimnazjum Społeczne Nr 20 Zespół Szkół Bednarska
Raszyńska 22, Warszawa, 02-026

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social primary

What is a social primary school?

A social primary school is a type of non-public (and non-profit) school in Poland for students aged 7 to 13. What makes these schools different from other non-public primary schools are several features. Keep in mind, not all social primary schools have all these features. Many, though, do.

Created by social organizations

Most social primary schools (and social schools in general) in Poland are established by a social organization or association. The most common one is the Social Education Association (Społeczne Towarzystwo Oświatowe - STO).

The STO, also known as the “Civic Educational Association,” is a non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on promoting modern education in Poland. The mission of the STO is, in part, to “... set up and run schools where pupils receive comprehensive, thorough education and are taught how to learn throughout their lives.”

It also defines its purpose in the following way:

“The STO, founded by parents and teachers rebelling against unified communist education, was born of a strong desire for freedom, in which new generations should grow. Thanks to this desire a system of education was created, which didn’t exist before.” Otherwise, social primary schools can have a number of different focuses. This includes, but isn’t limited to, Montessori, Waldorf, special needs, learning disabilities, language, and gifted education."

Parent involvement in education

Another main feature of social primary schools, and social schools in general, is that they aim for lots of parent involvement. Parents are involved at the administrative level and help make decisions about finances and school programs. They also work closely with teachers and staff on curricular matters and in the classroom.

Overall, students, parents, and teachers decide on school matters together.

Development of social skills

Social schools in Poland don’t just teach students core academics, such as math, science, and history. They aim to educate students in a broader sense to help them become more well-rounded.

There’s a special focus, in these schools, on the development of social skills (as the name “social schools” implies). Social schools focus a lot on building the social and emotional skills of their students. They try to teach students to work together, cooperate, and be more independent, creative, and make better decisions.

This goal is reflected in the STO’s view of education:

“It’s about shaping a student as a person: in a mental, social, cultural, and physical sense. We should remember that knowledge is absorbed not only at school. The school should provide sound basics and efficient methods to enable the pupils to learn by themselves in the future, to be team-workers and creative thinkers.”

What are the benefits of social primary schools?

Social primary schools are a great option for many kids. In addition to Polish residents, they’re often a nice fit for international students from North America, Europe, and other continents. Below, we list many of their appealing features. If you want to learn about the benefits of private and non-public Poland schools in general, read our comprehensive guide.

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