School choice is a primary concern for our diplomatic family and the elementary program at ISK has exceeded our expectations. Our twin first-graders have received individualized attention, enrichment opportunities, and engaging after-school activities. Tracking to the U.S. Common Core standards is also important for our eventual return to the state-side school systems. We are more than pleased with our children’s learning results and we greatly enjoy being part of the welcoming and rich multi-cultural environment. We’d highly recommend the school to any English-speaking family.
– The Emerick Family
We are so grateful that our family is a part of the ISK community. When we found that we would be relocating to Krakow, we were eager to find a school that would welcome our boys and help them stay current, in the curriculum that they would return to after our stay in Krakow. Not only were we welcomed, we felt so comfortable in the school and in the community. The teachers are accessible, helpful, and talented in their ability to teach to many levels and language needs. Our boys are doing so well within their cultural diverse classroom of students, they love it! They are not only learning so much in the basic academic areas, they are also learning how to speak Polish (they love to correct my attempts) and are learning about the Polish culture. The boys are thrilled with their new friends and all the activities they get to do during school and after, which include the library, art class, PE class, dance class, wandering in the forest, riding the bikes after school, and seeing us at school participating ourselves in the different activities offered. The school environment is open and refreshing in their desire for parent involvement. The administration is both approachable and warm as well as very competent to deal with whatever may be thrown their way. ISK is the best fit for our family and we could not be happier with the choice we made.
– The Piefer Family
Transferring to ISK was the best decision we could have made for our young daughter. Her teachers have been long-term employees of ISK and have shown true passion for their chosen careers. We have been consistently impressed with the creativity and educational expertise displayed by ISK teachers as they plan curriculum. We love the fact that our daughter can stay on track with our home country’s standards while learning so much from children and teachers of other cultures. The school recognizes the importance of parent communication; providing weekly class newsletters, organizing principal coffee mornings, and hosting several parent-teacher conferences throughout the year. Our daughter now has access to a wonderful library and a first class librarian. She enjoys daily gross motor activities; in the sports bubble, on the playground, in the bike area, in the vegetable garden, and even in the forest. As residents of the city center, we truly appreciate the value ISK places on outdoor curriculum. Each term, our daughter is offered a wide range of after-school activities; many taking place right on the ISK campus. These activities, taught in English, have played a large part in normalizing our child’s experience in Krakow. ISK recognizes the challenges met by ex-pat families as a whole; providing parent workshops, adult language lessons, and interest groups. For our family, ISK provided the missing piece of our puzzle here in beautiful Krakow.
– The Ouellette Family
We are beyond satisfied with our experiences at the International School Kraków. We first visited ISK in early 2012 prior to moving to Kraków and within 10 minutes we knew it was the right place for our children to be educated. There was such a friendly and warm atmosphere at the school and we knew that our young children (aged 4 and 7) would be in good hands! The faculty and staff continue to be incredibly engaged with our children’s education and well-being, and bring experiences from all over the world. The curriculum is strong and the spacious school grounds are just an added bonus – there is plenty of room for our kids to be active during PE and to play at recess, either in the large indoor gym or outside on the newly added sports field. The school also makes use of the nearby forest during class-time. The transportation service to and from school is safe and completely reliable, with personable and caring drivers. The opportunity for activities and social engagement truly provides a family atmosphere across all aspects of the ISK community. We are fortunate to have such a valued school in Kraków, and could not be more thrilled with the opportunities it has provided for our family.
– The McDonald Family
The International School of Krakow (ISK) is without a doubt, the best international school in Krakow for our family. The school’s unique location gives students an advantage to enjoy fresh air while within a secure, large, outdoor playing area with beautiful forests nearby that are frequently explored during guided classes. The curriculum is under constant review and is continuously improving and evolving to keep current with the advances in education. ISK holds an IB (International Baccalaureate) status, among many other accreditation, making it a leader when it comes to education. The staff is genuinely concerned about my daughter’s well-being and education, and the PTA is an active community offering many wonderful social and educational opportunities for parents such as English, Polish, cooking, and fitness classes. The overall atmosphere at the school is welcoming, positive and inspiring. We are happy with the progress that our daughter has made over the past five years.
– The DiFazzio Family
As parents of an eleventh grader we need to express our deepest conviction that we have found the best place for our daughter to grow both academically and personally. Firstly, we admire teachers who prove to be not only great educators but mentors as well. Secondly, ISK made us totally immerse in various school events that enrich our social life. We are so determined to give what is best to our children that now we are planning to enroll our younger daughter at ISK!
– The Jakimowicz Family
The instant we joined ISK, we were treated as family. The staff is composed of teachers with experiences from all over the world who are dedicated to inspiring children to be global learners. Our daughter looks forward to participating in all the activities she is exposed to, both during school and after school. I felt so inspired and welcome by the community at ISK, I could not pass up the chance to be part of the ISK teaching staff. We are looking forward to next year when both our children will get to experience the learning opportunities at ISK.
– The Caruso Family
We feel so fortunate that our kids were able to attend ISK. We treasure not only the education they received, but the entire experience provided by the school. I only wish we could have stayed another year. Luckily, we are still in contact with many teachers and students.
– The Ladd Family
As a teacher and also a parent of two children at ISK, I can honestly say that I’ve never enjoyed being in a school so much. It’s a joy to pass my children in the halls during the day and see how happy they are. All the children I teach seem genuinely happy, and it’s no wonder – the school is stimulating, full of bright colors, creative ideas and new experiences. It is surrounded by nature, but provides a safe and secure haven for the children to thrive in, while still being in touch with the world. The way that big and little people interact so comfortably throughout the school creates a nice community feel, and if “it takes a village to raise a child”, then I’m happy for my family to be part of this village.
– Lou Panetta, Middle School Science Teacher and Parent
As a student of the International School, where many cultures came together as one community, I felt privileged that I was able to learn about the other students and teachers’ cultures not only during class but also through school events. It was a special experience to be part of this multinational ‘team’.I fondly remember the teachers at ISK and their openness to help out when students were in need whether it was during class or after class. Their eagerness to always help us out really helped to create a welcoming and warm atmosphere.
– Elena Mleczko, ISK Graduate, Class of 2008