Empowered together through our diversity
At the International School of Krakow, our students are empowered to be creative and critical thinkers, encouraged to discover and pursue their individual passions and talents in a supportive and caring community. Every day students and teachers work together in active, collaborative, inquiry based learning experiences, drawing upon our diverse intercultural backgrounds. Everything we do is intentionally designed to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes which our students will need to find success as global citizens. Because regardless of where they are coming from – or heading to – all our students have the capacity and responsibility to contribute positively to an ever-changing world.
Choosing to apply may just be the best decision you ever make …
Our application process is managed by Admission Director Malgorzata Gonet-Mroczka, but it includes input from our principals, counselors, and learning support specialists as well. Depending on the age of your child, there may need to be academic and language testing, and we require previous school records as a part of the evaluation process. Most important, however, is meeting each student so we can get to know each other. Parent interviews are also essential so that we can come to know both your family and your expectations, and so that you can come to know who we are and what we have to offer your family as well.
Ultimately, our goal is to ensure that, if we accept your child, we will be able to help him or her to excel and be happy.
Apply early as space is limited!
How to apply?
All of the documents that you need are hyperlinked below. You can begin the process from wherever in the world you happen to be, but at some point it will be important for you to come and visit ISK and complete the interview process.
Besides, it is always important to take the tour and get to know our school.
Tuition and Fees
As a non-profit institution, that also means that what you pay goes directly toward the education of your children.
Each year, a non-refundable Reservation Fee of 4,233.00 zł is charged and credited towards the annual tuition fee for the following year.
Unless prior arrangements with the Director have been made, all fees are due prior to the first day of school, on the first day, or at the time of admission. Fee payments may be made on a yearly, semester or monthly basis. In the latter case, a 10% extra charge applies. If there are any problems regarding payment, they must be discussed with the Director or Business Manager.
Please see our Academics page for information about our education practices!
Frequently Asked Questions
Our school day runs from 8:30 until 3:30 for the main program, with after school activities carrying on until 4:40. The day is broken up into ten 40 minute periods with two recess breaks, snack and lunch breaks placed every two periods to ensure students have the chance to play and refocus.
Our students are fortunate in being able to learn guided by a highly qualified, caring, multicultural staff reflecting the composition of our student body as well. All of the Homeroom teachers in Elementary are Native English speakers from the U.S. and Canada with subject area teachers coming from Poland, Italy, the U.K., and France. Our assistant teachers are also exceptional as they are not only (at least) bilingual in English and Polish, they are also fully qualified with their teaching degrees.
Believing in the value of languages in the development of our students as world citizens, ISK offers a range of both Native Language and Foreign Language courses. Students in grades 0 (KG) through 2 may have Native Polish or French or Foreign Polish. In grades 3 through 5, we offer Native Polish, Native French and Intercultural Polish Studies which combines Polish geography, history, culture and language. As well, students have an option of Foreign Spanish, French, and German. When we have enough interest, we will also offer Native German classes.
We are fortunate to be located just south of Kraków in Lusina on a secure, gated campus. Surrounded by forests with large open areas on campus our students have ready access to nature and space to play. The classrooms are all designed to encourage our students to learn in cooperative groups with areas for class meetings, work in centers, and independent learning. We have an indoor gym (affectionately called “the Bubble”), a synthetic sports field. two playgrounds, a multipurpose room, including a food service area, for assemblies and our lunch hours, purpose built music and art rooms, and a library containing the second largest English book collection in Poland.
We understand that students have different strengths and needs. Our Student Services team includes a Counselor, Learning Support specialists, a nurse, and English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers. As well, all teachers actively support their students through differentiation in the classroom and support outside of the classroom when needed within the Response to Intervention (RTI) model.
For families that wish, the school recommends both a Mini-Van transportation service and a restaurant service used regularly by our community. The transportation runs door-to-door routes in the morning and at the end of both the regular day and activities. Our restaurant service is run by “Must Eat for Kids” and ordering is done on-line and served in the cafeteria. We also have a nurse on site full time, and a pediatrician who comes once a week to offer free service to our community.