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American School of Warsaw
The American School of Warsaw is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from pre-kindergarten 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 24 to November 24, from November 24 to March 11, and from March 14 to June 17. The high school year comprises 4 quarters extending from August 24 to October 22, from October 25 to January 18, from January 19 to April 1 and from April 4 to June 17.

Organization: A 9-member Board of Directors governs the School, 5 of whom are elected for 2-year terms by an Association comprised of the parent community and the sponsors of the School. The chair and vice chair are appointed by the U.S. Ambassador. 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 not tax-exempt.

Curriculum: The curriculum is college preparatory and is embedded in the U.S. ideals of democratic values, analytical thinking and respect, 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 grade 1. German, French and Polish are offered in middle school. Dutch, Polish and Swedish instruction is also offered to native speakers. There is no religious instruction. The School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International School (CIS). The school is also a member of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB), the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA).

Faculty: In the 2004-2005 school year, there are 84 full-time and 16 part-time faculty members.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2004-2005 school year, enrollment was 841 (PK-grade 5: 432; grades 6-8: 181; grades 9-12: 228).

Facilities: A new school opened on September 3, 2001. The facility is located in Konstancin on the outskirts of Warsaw. The School has an 850-student capacity on 25 acres of land, with 56+ classrooms, including an early childhood wing. All classrooms are networked for 8-24 student computers. 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 swimming pool. The facility also includes multiple playgrounds, a full track, soccer fields, 2 softball fields and outdoor tennis and basketball courts.

Finances: In the 2004-2005 school year, about 95 percent of the School's income derives from regular day school tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $8,168; Kdg.: $11,140; grades 1-5: $11,580; grades 6-8: $13,732; and grades 9-12: $14,960. The School also charges a $750 application fee and a $2,750 capital levy fee for new students, and $2,250 capital levy fee for returning students. These fees are payable in U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)


Dr. Charles P. Barder, Director
American School of Warsaw
DOS/Administrative Officer
5010 Warsaw Place
Washington, DC 20521-5010
Tel.: 48-22-702-8500
Fax: 48-22-702-8599
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Adapted from material published by the U.S. Department of State.
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