The International School of Krakow (ISK) was established by the American School of Warsaw in 1993. In 1998, the growth of the (American) International School of Krakow allowed it to operate as an independent institution. In 2004, as a reflection of the changing student population, the School adopted an international program to best meet the needs of its students. In doing so, the School became The International School of Krakow. In 2005, ISK joined forces with the Krakow International School Project, an initiative of the region’s leading international companies, to promote the development of international education. ISK is currently working on expanding its program through cooperative educational endeavors with some of Krakow’s finest institutions of higher education.
Organization: The School Board is the key governing body of the School. The Board consists of up to 9 members. The School cooperates with a domestic not-for-profit educational foundation as well as a U.S.-based nonprofit Association. IKS is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools.
Curriculum: The educational program is comparable to that found in U.S. public and private schools. English is the language of instruction in all subjects. The Little Acorns’ preschool program focuses on English language development as well as social and personal growth. The curriculum is an international one with IPC for nursery through age 12 and the International High School Curriculum for ages 13 through 18. ISK has gifted extension programs across all ages with Johns Hopkins University, the University of Nebraska, and Stetson University; in addition to offering AP, and CNED coursework. ISK uses the MAP Assessment for externally marked exams in grades 3-9, AP exams are offered in Grades 9-12, PSAT is offered in Grades 9-11and the SAT is offered four times per academic year. There are extensive after school activities such as: math club, the after school of rock, yoga, ski club, swimming, book worms, photography club, art studio, baseball, football, yearbook, guitar club, choir, etc.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 39 faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, the enrollment was 177 (age 3-18).
Facilities: The School has recently moved into a new facility just outside the city center, situated on a hilltop overlooking Krakow city between two forest reserves. There is ample space for outdoor activities. The campus is secure with a newly funded security infrastructure and guards. At the start of academic year 2009-2010 a new wing was opened including seven new classrooms, a library, professional spaces, and two additional student lounges.
Finances: In the school year 2011-2012 the School’s income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Nursery: €5,145; Preschool: €8.085; and grades 1–12: €12,180. The School also charges a one-time application fee of €200 or €500. These fees are payable in U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in euros.)