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Any (inexpensive) English Schools in Krakow?

29 Mar 2016 #31
Hello all,
i want to move in Krakow (from Greece) and i have two kids 2 and 6 yrs old. Do you know how much it will cost for international school?

thank you
21 May 2016 #32

we are shifting to krakow in coming October , we have one 4 year old kid and my husband will be getting 13000 PLN in gross monthly.
Wanted to know the following details. Response is really appreciated.

1. What would be the net after deduction of tax?
2. What would be monthly expense minimum? I know there is no limit for max :-)
3. Feedback of public schools in Krakow?
4. Rent in Krakow?
5. What is the age of kid to attend school? If 6 years, can a 4 year old kid go to any school? How much is the cost?

6. How much difference is between polish and international school curriculum/price? How far are these schools ?
7. Does house rent include hot water, electric bill, furniture etc?

Thanks for your help.
7 Jul 2017 #33
I see that your original post is quite old (>3 years). However, I find myself in the same situation you were in 2013, moving to krakow with 2 children (7 and 2 years old). We are looking for the school and it seems like a STO school is the most appropriate solution by now. We are now in contact with one in krakow. So I write you (hopefully you still read this forum) to ask about what was finally your decision and your experience... did you send your kids to a STO school? how was/is being this process? Thanks in advance for your feedback. (of course any feedback from other people is also welcome!)
6 Sep 2017 #34
Hi Allari
Could you please let me know what decision have you made regarding the english speaking schools for your kids , did you moved to Krakow
I am moving with my 3 year old kid and looking for answers
DominicB - | 2,709
6 Sep 2017 #35

Why would you need a school for a three-year-old?
Roger5 1 | 1,457
6 Sep 2017 #36
In the best regulated families one puts one's son down for Eton soon after conception.
DominicB - | 2,709
6 Sep 2017 #38
one puts one's son down for Eton

There's no Eton in Poland, or anything like it. Besides, chances are that this poster will be long gone from Poland by the time his kid goes to school.

How many minutes?

Often long before birth, That's what legacy is all about.
Lyzko 30 | 7,392
6 Sep 2017 #39
"There's no Eton in Poland."

Hardly a surprise there, Dominic! There's no longer any historical "class system" in Poland either, the Commies saw to that:-) Nobility. shmobilityLOL
Can't ever imagine a Polish mom in a nice suburb of Warsaw bragging to her neighbor, "Well, Edyta! My Olek goes to Poznan. How about your boy, dear?"

Sociologically an impossible scenario.

Polish educational snobbery I've observed to be one of one-upmanship based solely on knowledge; you either know it, or you don't and all the money in the world ain't gonna make you any smarter.
jon357 67 | 16,654
6 Sep 2017 #40
There's no longer any historical "class system" in Poland either

There are however some expensive private schools in Poland.
Lyzko 30 | 7,392
6 Sep 2017 #41
I've no doubts, jon. However, as in certain other European countries, many Poles, even younger ones (typically former ESL students!) have confessed to me that private, US-style "posh"-type business schools vs. traditional state-run universities such as Poznan, Warsaw etc. are typically looked on with some degree of suspicion. Not so to a certain extent?
Aquarian - | 21
6 Sep 2017 #42
Thanks DominicB
I mean Kindergarden , not exactly school !

To put it in a better way
How much it would cost for a 3 year old Kindergarden ?
Lyzko 30 | 7,392
6 Sep 2017 #43
Point of clarification. By kindergarten, d'you mean "Pre-K", as here in the United States?
DominicB - | 2,709
6 Sep 2017 #44
3 year old Kindergarden

Kindergarten is for five-year-olds. A three-year-old would go to daycare, which is basically just daytime babysitting. The best place to find out about daycare centers is from you future coworkers. Ask them after you get to Poland.
mafketis 25 | 9,294
6 Sep 2017 #45
That's what legacy is all about.

Hello.... yes, the Missus and I were thinking of getting frolicky sometime in the next year or so, please save us a place in your school won't you? That's a love. Bye.
DominicB - | 2,709
6 Sep 2017 #46

Don't laugh. That's how it is in the States. Even places in "elite" kindergartens have to be booked AND PAID IN FULL years in advance, and kids have to submit a CV, portfolio and list of references, and take grueling entrance exams. It's just plain ridiculous.

Even back in the seventies, I had to apply for prep school and take entrance exams two years in advance.

In Poland, there is a sort of similar situation with STO schools. Not that extreme, of course, but in a lot of them, it's "invitation only".
delphiandomine 88 | 18,456
6 Sep 2017 #47
In Poland, there is a sort of similar situation with STO schools. Not that extreme, of course, but in a lot of them, it's "invitation only".

Many of them aren't so extreme, but they look specifically for parents that are there to contribute to the school rather than just to treat the school as a dumping ground. My friend is the vice-director of one, and they don't look for academic potential, but social potential. If the kid is a spoiled brat, the mother is neurotic and the father works 945354 hours a week, they won't admit the kid because there's a high chance that there will be problems.

Right now, they have huge problems because parents are justifiably angered by the school deform.
DominicB - | 2,709
6 Sep 2017 #48
they have huge problems

Curious. Can you elaborate? I thought they would be somewhat insulated from the strong arm of the government.
mafketis 25 | 9,294
7 Sep 2017 #49
kids have to submit a CV, portfolio and list of references, and take grueling entrance exams.

Poor kids, never allowed to simply grow and develop and play. These children mean nothing to their freak parents beyond being pricey status symbols.
DominicB - | 2,709
7 Sep 2017 #50

It's worse than I thought. To get into a top kindergarten you have to graduate from a top pre-school. And the standardized admissions exams for the top kindergartens cost the folks $450.

Read this:
mafketis 25 | 9,294
7 Sep 2017 #51
It's worse than I thought. To get into a top kindergarten you have to graduate from a top pre-school

That sounds like Japan.... why is it that so often globalization seems about exporting worst practices across the globe rather than better ones?
Lyzko 30 | 7,392
7 Sep 2017 #52
"..pricey status symbols.." Not to mention mere props for their folks to show off so their neighbors and friends can sit there stewing, while the other parents can sit there kvelling!

I'd be a poor parent if I didn't agree with that statement, maf:-)
Roger5 1 | 1,457
7 Sep 2017 #53
Presumably, if the child graduated from an exclusive hospital at birth, their chances of being accepted to a smart kindergarten would be enhanced.
Lyzko 30 | 7,392
7 Sep 2017 #54
Nurture over nature, you're saying. Is that it? Gene pool be damned, douse the youngster in Mozart or Bach, and TA-DA, out comes a future genius??

Have to muddle over that one, Roger.
rakeshpandey108 - | 1
13 Nov 2017 #55
Hi All, Any significant changes on English medium education in Krakow now? I am moving to this city by April'18.
27 Apr 2018 #56
hi we are moving to keakow in 3 to 4 months ..looking for good english medium schools..kindly suggest n the fees..also public schoola
Sylvio 18 | 138
1 May 2018 #57
Hello, Listening in on your talk, a year ago I made similar enquiries in Bydgoszcz. Dont know about elsewhere. And was suprised to find as many as 3 private schools, one to GCSE certified exam primary and secondary programs. All in English. The best one called Socrates seemed flexible, easygoing management,good facilities. They charged 800zl per month. Must say looking at forums Bydgoszcz has certainly sprang forward. It has big IT business base, maybe thats why.
Krakow Language
6 Oct 2018 #58
I find the best school to be 3 Lions Krakow, English for Life Krakow. They also have a school in Katowice. I use the school to help me with supplying English speakers and they have always been reliable and reasonable.
17 Jul 2019 #59
Hi Rakesh, just saw your post regarding English school in Krakow. I am in same situation now, i planning to shift there by end of this year, currently my daughter is studying in grade 1, so Is it possible to find English school in grade 2. Please reply asap. thanks in advance.
pawian 176 | 15,392
20 Jul 2019 #60
Yes, it is possible.
This article in Polish includes names of 4 Krakow international schools:

However, which one is inexpensive, is a mystery to me. Which one offers the best level of education, neither.

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