Lower Elementary ranges from ages 6-9 and covers 1st to 3rd grade. Upper Elementary at IAS spans from ages 9-12 and covers 4th – 6th grade. Students in the Upper Primary at IAS begin taking lessons in the main building at Dembego 18. This is a new environment in which they are led by their student council and taught by different subject teachers who are each experts in their respective fields. Throughout the day students remain in their homeroom classroom for most of their lessons and teachers for English, Math, Science, Social Studies, History, Geography, and German come to them and challenge them to become critical thinkers using inquiry based, hands-on lessons so that all learners are engaged. These fundamental learning skills students will take with them through the Middle School and High School all the way to University and beyond. With direct access to the school’s ICT Computer Lab, art center and science laboratory, Upper Primary students become fully engaged in the creative and learning process. Students are encouraged to use their powers of observation and deduction to gain empirical knowledge through investigation and compare and contrast this information with what they read and hear. Students begin learning how to teach themselves.


Students in the Elementary school express themselves in more and more unique and creative ways through projects, performances, presentations and competitions throughout the year. Students are also supported by the school community to express their individuality and ethnic heritage. As we are an international school, tolerance and acceptance of all is instilled in everyone and permeates everything we do. This ability to live, work and grow together is the ‘spirit’ of IAS.



Children from the IAS Lower Primary 1st to 3rd grade are located in the “small school” building on ul. Dembego 12. Whereas located in the main building, ul. Dembego 18, the IAS Upper Elementary welcomes children from 5th through to 6th grade. The Middle School is designed to provide an intimate and positive learning environment for all students. Small class sizes and a student-teacher ratio of 3-1 provide an exceptional atmosphere for one-to-one teaching, where educators can focus on the specific needs of each individual student and effectively differentiate lessons to challenge all learners.



IAS Elementary welcomes all students seeking a diverse international education experience. Over 20 nationalities are represented in our Elementary levels. Most students come from families of diplomats, multinational businesses as well as a very healthy local constituency (about 50%). Students come to IAS from as far as Korea, Nigeria, the US, Philippines, Austrial and India as an example. Not only do students come from around the word, but the teaching staff also offers a wide variety of cultural backgrounds including American, Indian, Canadian and British, to name a few.









*Classroom placement depends on age at the actual time of enrollment as well as other factors, such as language skills, special needs, academic background and abilities.



Our curriculum combines the best practices and varying aspects of the Polish, American and International education systems.



English Language
Sciences – physics, biology and chemistry
Social Studies – History and geography
Second languages – PSL, German and French
Information and Computer Technology
Physical Education




After-school clubs give teachers and students alike the opportunity to get to know one other even better. Each teacher in the Middle School leads a club based on their personal interests and expertise. This gives each student the opportunity to get to know both students and teachers from other classes as well as explore an extracurricular activity in a friendly environment. Club offerings change yearly based on interest and availability. Clubs typically include offerings such as: dance, robotics, games, music, football, and video production.



The development of the curriculum each year is often put on display when it comes to the friendly academic shows and competitions that take place throughout the year. During this year’s Egg Drop competition, for example, there were amazing displays of engineering devoted to designing a capsule that would protect an egg from a ten, twenty and even thirty foot drop! Other school wide events, such as the Kangur Math Competition and Earth Day cleanup projects, give students the ability first to work together to show off what their class has learned, and to show appreciation for the work of their schoolmates.



Field trips and short excursions are designed to make the community a part of the classroom. In each grade during middle school, teachers follow lesson plans that introduce relevant and useful topics to students. Workshops in locations such as the Copernicus Science Museum, Ethnography Museum and local theaters bring the sciences and arts alive. Such experiences give students an introduction to the art and music created by other cultures, as well as the opportunity to harness their own creativity and engage in traditional musical or artistic pursuits. Excursions to locales such as the local gardens and the famed Lazieki Park give teachers the freedom to run science lessons and experiments beyond the walls of a classroom.



Throughout the school year, the grades 7-9 also invite members of the community into the school. From dedicated parent volunteers who devote their time and expertise to our development, to specialists in a variety of fields, our students enjoy numerous opportunities to learn from members of the community without even leaving the school. While each class enjoys regular art and music classes taught by our very own specialist teachers, the middle school program is also devoted to providing its students with a diverse experience of culture and the arts. Therefore in-school workshops are led by local specialists as often as possible. These workshops enrich our program by allowing students to fully engage in the arts being offered; in addition to listening to the expert artists, engineers and diplomats discuss their projects, or demonstrate knowledge, these people lead the students in exercises which help them explore their own values. Visiting workshops and performances have included: musicians, ambassadors, dance troupes, story tellers, and martial artists and dramatists.



Both Polish and international holidays are celebrated in style in IAS’s middle school program, giving intellectual development and academic celebrations equal weight. Annual holidays such as Halloween, Valentine’s Day and Carnival are delightfully spooky and colorful celebrations in our school. Such themes provide ample opportunity for both celebration and exploration in every grade level. Each year, all homerooms write, produce, direct, rehearse and then perform for the entire school community at our end of year International Day Celebration.

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