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International Schools in Krakow - ISK and BISC?


GLangdon
18 Apr 2012 #1
Hello,

I understand that for preschool and primary aged children, there are two generally recommended international schools in Krakow - ISK and BISC. Would anyone be able to tell me which is the more widely respected? I have looked at their respective websites, and can see the pros and cons to each as against the other, but I have not been able to get any sense of which is more recognized. This is possibly because one is based on the English education system and the other on the American education system, but I thought I would ask. I have two young children who will be schooled in Krakow for the next five years approximately; I want to make sure that any subsequent transition to an educational organization outside Poland will be as smooth as possible should we be required to move again in five years' time.

My thanks in advance for any help or feedback,
Gail
Rajibmph
28 Jan 2014 #2
Hi Gail - i just stumbled upon your question with no answers!

I wanted to find out what did you finally decide and how do you feel about your choice.I am today in similar situation as yours! I have a seven year old studying in India and now I will have to move to Krakow for 2-3 years. And I would like to get my son along.

Can you share learning from your experience please.

Regards,

Raj
johnny reb
3 Feb 2023 #3
there are two generally recommended international schools in Krakow - ISK and BISC.

Would anyone be able to tell me which is the more widely respected?

The BISC is British oriented while the ISK is American oriented.
I am presently doing background checks on the facilities qualifications for both schools for a friend of mine moving to Kracow soon.
Will keep you posted on what I find out as I still have some phone calls to make.
Atch
3 Feb 2023 #4
I have a seven year old studying in India and now I will have to move to Krakow for 2-3 years.

I would suggest the BISC (British school) for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, you are from India so the British education system will be more familiar to you as your own education system is based on it. The main difference is that the modern British system allows more creativity and practical work rather than just rote learning and theory.

Secondly, the British School in Krakow follows the British National Curriculum, so you know exactly what your child will be learning down to the last detail. The national curriculum sets a standard for course content and expected attainment for children. For example your child at age 7 + will be in Key Stage 2 of the curriculum.

The National Curriculum sets out what children in KS2 should be taught. There are 11 mandatory subjects:

English
Maths
Science
History
Geography
Ancient and modern foreign languages
Art and design
Music
Design and technology
Physical education (which must include swimming)
Computing (often called information and communication technology or ICT)

At the end of Key Stage 2 your child will be tested:

Key stage 2: English grammar, punctuation and spelling test framework
Key stage 2: English reading test framework
Key stage 2: mathematics test framework
Key stage 2: science sampling test framework

Test scores are published online so parents can compare their children's scores with the national average.

The USA does not have a national curriculum so the American school in Krakow designs its own curriculum and sets its own standards based loosely on different curricula:

For our core courses, we draw on standards from the Common Core, American Education Reaches Out (AERO), and Next Generation Science Standards. For our languages, arts, and physical and health education program, we draw on additional standards from the province of Ontario, and from the national curricula of Poland and France.

As you can see that's quite a mixed bag and it takes great skill to deliver such a curriculum effectively and ensure standards. They also don't have any standardized testing system.

As a teacher myself and having taught many children from India over a number of years :) I understand how important it is for Indian parents abroad to keep their children up to the high standard they will need to maintain if they re-enter the Indian education system later on. I know that very high standards in English literacy are required from quite young children in India so I would opt for the British school if you can afford it, as your child will definitely get a thorough grounding in language and maths.
johnny reb
3 Feb 2023 #5
I would opt for the British school if you can afford it,

Maybe there is someone here that could tell us how much the BISC charges a year per student.
Atch
3 Feb 2023 #6
These are the fees for each school.

//bisc.krakow.pl/fees.html

//iskonline.org/admissions/
pawian
3 Feb 2023 #7
facilities qualifications for both schools for a friend of mine moving to

You mean the one who lives in your house? There might be a problem - most British school in Poland require the highest qualifications so only true language professionals are hired. Apart from that, they also require the greatest commitment and highest moral standards. I doubt your friend will pass the interview stage if he is granted one.
johnny reb
4 Feb 2023 #8
I would suggest the BISC (British school) for a couple of reasons.

Thanks Atch.
I will focus on BISC then and get background checks on their faculty.


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