The American School of Warsaw is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1953. The school year for elementary and middle school grades comprises 3 trimesters, extending from August 17 to November 18, from November 21 to March 9, and from March 12 to June 15. The high school year comprises 4 reporting periods extending from August 17 to October 7, from October 10 to December 13, from January 9 to March 23 and from March 26 to June 8.
Organization: An 11 member Board of Trustees governs the School, 4 of whom are elected for 2-year terms by an Association comprised of the parent community and sponsors of the School. 5 members are appointed by the Board of Trustees. Membership in the Association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School. The School is not incorporated and is tax-exempt.
Curriculum: The curriculum is college preparatory and is embedded in the U.S. ideals of democratic values, analytical thinking, respect, and appreciation for others and promotes the development of responsible world citizenship. Children are grouped according to age, and the teaching format stresses individualization with class sizes averaging below 20. Instruction is in English, and English-as-a-Second-Language is also offered. French is taught as a foreign language from grade 3, Polish culture and language from Pre-K. German, French, Spanish, and Polish are offered in Middle and High School. Dutch, Polish, Spanish, and Swedish instruction is also offered to native speakers from grade 1. The school offers a full IB Diploma program in grades 11-12. There is no religious instruction. The School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools. The School is also a member of the International Baccalaureate Organization, the European Council of International Schools and the Central and Eastern European Schools Association.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 111 full-time and 11 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 928 (PK-grade 5: 444; grades 6-8: 211; grades 9-12: 273).
Facilities: The School is located on the outskirts of Warsaw. The facilities include 10 hectares of land, with 56+ classrooms, including an early childhood wing. There are 3 computer labs, 7 science labs, 3 music rooms, 5 art rooms, a library, 2 full-sized gymnasiums, a full-service cafeteria, a theater-quality auditorium and a swimming pool. All classrooms have wireless access. There are also multiple playgrounds, a full track, soccer fields, 2 softball fields, and outdoor tennis and basketball courts. A new LEED-certified Arts and Sports building is currently under construction, and will be completed in spring 2012.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 85% of the School's income derives from regular day school tuition. Fees are payable in U.S. dollars, and Polish zloty (PLN). Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $3,700 + 21,500 PLN; K: $4,900 + 28,800 PLN; grades 1-5: $5,300 + 32,300 PLN; grades 6-8: $6,200 + 35,000; grades 9-10: $6,500 + 37,900 PLN, and grades 11-12: $6,600 + 38,700 PLN. The School also charges a $750 application fee, a $3,350 capital levy fee for new students, and $2,700 capital levy fee for returning students. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)