Academics and SIP
The International American School of Warsaw (IAS) is an educational institution that offers a unique blend of American and International Baccalaureate (IBO) curriculums. The school is designed to cater to students from an international background, providing them with a comprehensive and well-rounded education. At IAS, students receive a challenging and rigorous education that prepares them for university and beyond. The American curriculum provides a strong foundation in core subjects, such as mathematics, science, social studies, and English, while the IBO diploma program offers students the opportunity to explore a wide range of subjects in greater depth and from multiple perspectives. With experienced teachers, state-of-the-art facilities, and a focus on creativity and critical thinking, IAS provides an excellent academic environment for students looking to succeed in a global world.
Modern Languages at IAS:
We recognize the importance of learning modern foreign languages. In addition to English being the main language of instruction, we also offer PSL (Polish as a Second Language), French, and German. PSL is designed for students who do not speak Polish and aims to provide basic communicative skills. French and German classes start from Grade 6 and provide students with the opportunity to develop their language skills further. For students who need additional support in English, we have an ESL (English as a Second Language) program available. However, students in the ESL program may not be able to attend PSL, German, or French classes as they are in an intensive support class. Our goal is to provide students with a well-rounded education that includes the opportunity to learn multiple languages and to develop the communication skills necessary for success in a globalized world. Please note that from Grade 8, the students can choose either French or German. Grade 6 and 7 have both classes as mandatory if they are not on the ESL program.
School Improvement Program (SIP)
The IAS School Improvement Program (SIP) is a continuous effort to maintain our school’s academic excellence and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in education and technology. The program was initiated in the early 21st century through surveys and evaluations of our students’ and families’ needs, leading to a school-wide focus on student-centered decision making.
Current Focus Areas:
- Socialization and multicultural awareness
- Supporting students with special academic and behavioral needs
- Improving the curriculum, lesson planning and assessment
- Strengthening relationships with parents
- Student Council and extracurricular activities
- Structured student activities and resource availability
- Peer-tutoring program
- Teacher availability during homeroom for theme discussions
- Individualized behavior modification plan
- Disciplinary Committee for academic and behavioral improvement
- Peer mediation and conflict resolution
- Psychological counseling services
- Increased homeroom hours and parental conferences
- Career and college counseling
- Teacher planning and meetings to assess goals and improve curriculum development
- Student Council activities such as the IAS Times and Community Service projects
New students in 2nd to 11th grade must pass proficiency exams in English reading, writing and oral comprehension. Pre-K to 1st grade focuses on building English language skills through games and social interaction, with mathematical skills introduced in Kindergarten and developed in 1st grade. 4th to 6th grade students can study German, while 7th to 12th grade students have the option to study French or German.
Future Growth Points:
- Expansion of language programs to include additional languages
- Integration of technology in the classroom and curriculum
- Development of student leadership and entrepreneurship programs
- Expansion of extracurricular activities and community service projects
- Further enhancement of student support services and counseling
- Continuous improvement and innovation in academic standards and curriculum development.
IAS is constantly working to improve our school, and we remain dedicated to providing the best possible education for our students.