Other foreign languages

In the first grade of high school we offer two foreign language courses: German and Spanish. From time to time, we organise German-learning-related projects with partner schools, we offer language learning trips to Germany, and occasionally Spanish learning is supported by students from Spain staying with us from time to time as part of the Erasmus programme.

In IB Diploma Programme we teach the mother tongues of our students and additionally one foreign language.



Bilingual teaching at the schools of the Foundation of International Education prepares young people to learning in the international programmes and to use English with ease and at a high level. The successes of FIE school graduates, who are doing very well at schools and foreign universities (e.g. the University of Oxford), most distinctly prove the language competencies acquired at our schools.

In the first grade of the International High School of Wroclaw students are taught in two languages. Bilingualism is implemented in two ways:

  • Some classes are taught in Polish and in English, depending on the performed tasks or presented content. For example, history classes will be taught in Polish when they are devoted to the history of Poland, and in English when they are devoted to general history. History classes will be taught by two teachers: a Pole and a Briton.
  • Some classes are taught in English only, for example, music lessons or the practical philosophy class, which are held together with the students of our sister school – Wroclaw International School.

Participation in the life of the international community centred around the Foundation of International Education is an additional opportunity to come into contact with the English language. It makes young people realise that a great knowledge of the language makes them citizens of the world.

In the second and third form of International High School of Wroclaw, English is the only language of instruction (this rule does not apply to studying Group 1 courses, which include subjects from the field of language and literature – classes are taught in the respective languages; Studying Group 2 courses proceeds in a similar manner).

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The assessment in each subject group is based on the determination of the level of student performance against the established criteria, and not on the ranking of students in a given group. External assessment includes a number of tasks emphasising higher-order cognitive thinking skills, and which may take the form of essays and test sets. Internal assessment carried out by the teachers and moderated by the IB, is part of the final assessment of the student.


DP Subject Groups

Each IB Learner creates his or her curriculum profile to a large extent by themselves. Subject and level groups are formed taking into account the staffing and organizational capacity of the school.

The student’s task is to choose one subject from each of 5 groups, which ensures the breadth of knowledge and deep understanding of:

  • the student’s best language,
  • additional language(s),
  • the social sciences,
  • the experimental sciences
  • mathematics.

Each student can choose to study an additional subject from the groups 1-4.

Students must choose 3 subjects at Higher level and 3 subjects at Standard level. Language B subjects can be taken at AB initio level instead of Standard level.

Group 1 – Studies in language and literature

Students learn to appreciate the language and literature through the study of formal literary texts. At the IHSW we offer the following subjects in Group 1:

  • Polish A
  • English A
  • School supported self-taught language in mother tongue (only offered at standard level)

Group 2 – Language acquisition

Students gain the ability to communicate in a foreign language. In our high school we offer the following subject in Group 2:

  • English B (only offered at higher level)
  • French B
  • German B
  • Spanish B

Group 3 – Individuals and societies

Students develop a critical approach to the experience and human behaviour by studying the social sciences, such as economics, geography and history. In our school we offer the following subjects in Group 3:

  • Geography
  • History
  • Business Management
  • Environmental Systems and Societies* (only offered at standard level)
  • Psychology

Group 4 – Sciences

Students explore the concepts, theories and methods of physical and biological sciences, such as chemistry, physics and biology. We offer the following subjects in Group 4:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Environmental Systems and Societies (only offered at standard level)

Group 5 – Mathematics

Students increase their understanding of mathematics and its applications. At our school we offer the following subjects in this group:

  • Analysis and approaches course
  • Applications and interpretation course

Group 6 – Elective

In Group 6 students choose an additional subject from groups 1 to 4.



Foreign language teaching at the International High School of Wroclaw is one of the most important item on our curriculum in accordance with the school’s Code of language and philosophy of IB. In the first form of our high school students have an increased number of hours of English and for one semester English classes are taught by a native speaker. Some classes in the first form are taught in English or bilingually, depending on the type of tasks and teaching content. English learning is organised in a way that prepares the students for learning in that language in the IB Diploma Programme.

In addition, learning English is supported by international projects , such as:

  • international educational and language learning projects
  • International Spring Concert
  • participation in the Model United Nations
  • international basketball team – the Wolves and international tournaments organised by it.

In the second and third forms, that is in the Diploma Programme, English becomes the language of instruction and, apart from the mother tongues, the language in which the students will pass the International Baccalaureate exams. English learning is supported by international school library with more than 10,000 volumes of literature from all over the world.


What is an IB World School?

Our high school is certified as an IB World School. The school belongs to the ranks of over two thousand Diploma Programme schools in the world.

IB certified schools offer not only the highest level of educational programmes, but also highly trained staff and facilities considered optimal for the development of young people. These schools share a common philosophy of education, according to which the focus is always on the student as a creative individual. The programmes develop students’ ability to combine knowledge from different subjects in the context of real-world issues. IB World School graduates are people who not only have a wide range of knowledge, but they are also reflective, capable of critical thinking and prepared to continue their education in schools and universities around the world.

IB World School teachers are committed to continued self-development, to increasing their qualifications, to the use of online bookstores and libraries and to participating in international conferences and workshops organised by the IBO. Training courses are an opportunity to increase and consolidate the factual knowledge and they allow teachers to exchange experience with teachers from all over the world who are also implementing IB programmes.

Other schools run by the Foundation of International Education (ATUT Bilingual Primary School, ATUT Bilingual Secondary School and Wroclaw International School) have been IB World Schools for several years already.

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Programme structure

The Diploma Programme (DP) consists of learning in 6 subject groups, an Extended Essay of 4,000 words, learning through experience in the CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) programme and the theory of knowledge course which develops critical thinking.  The assessment in each subject group is based on the determination of the level of student performance against the established criteria, and not on the ranking of students in a given group. External assessment includes a number of tasks emphasizing higher-order cognitive thinking skills, and which may take the form of essays and test sets. Internal assessment carried out by the teachers and moderated by the IB, is part of the final assessment of the student.


Why the IB Diploma?

Why the IB Diploma is ideal preparation for university?

  1. It increases academic opportunity
  2. IB Students care about more than just results
  3. It encourages you to become a confident and independent learner
  4. It’s an international qualification
  5. Graduates are globally minded
  6. The IB encourages critical thinking
  7. DP students have proven time management skills
  8. It assesses more than examination techniques\
  9. Subjects are not taught in isolation
  10. It encourages breadth and depth of learning

Letter from the DP Coordinator

Hello and welcome!

My name is Sean Dooley and I am the Diploma Programme coordinator for the International High School of Wroclaw, which is a certified IB World School. I’m very excited about helping our students to learn in the challenging and unique IB Diploma Programme that will prepare our students for success at university and beyond.

The Diploma Programme (DP) is a two-year course of study consisting of six subject groups: literature, foreign languages, social sciences, experimental sciences, mathematics and the arts. Students choose a subject from groups 1-5 and may choose either an arts subject or another subject from groups 2-4. Students choose three of these subjects to study in depth.

In addition to their subject choices, students are required to participate in the core. The core is what really makes the DP unique. Students engage in a piece of formal research that equips them with the skills of scholarship that are so essential to success at university. Theory of knowledge is a course in critical thinking, which ties the curriculum together as students study how knowledge gained across subjects. And through the Creativity, action, service (CAS) programme, students participate in experiential learning through creative and physical activities and service to others. Taken together, the core and the breadth and depth offered by the student’s subject choices make the DP a unique and effective educational path to creating principled, lifelong learners with the skills, passion and knowledge to understand and shape the world.

With the IB authorization, the International High School of Wroclaw and the Foundation of International Education’s primary and middle schools become the only educational institution in Lower Silesia to offer a continuum of all three IB programmes. It is the place where our national and international students, teachers and families come together for the first time, a place where students can study Korean, Polish or English literature; learn how to speak German, Spanish, French, English or Polish; experiment with biology, chemistry or physics; study history, geography and mathematics.

If you have any questions or need further information please feel free to contact me.

Sean Dooley
Diploma Programme Coordinator
International High School of Wroclaw


Staff Members in 2016 – 2017

At our high school we have a highly professional and committed staff of fully qualified and experienced English speaking international teachers from countries such as Poland, the United Kingdom, USA, France and Spain. The teachers are supported by a fully qualified bilingual Polish administration staff. Meet our staff members…


Administration and Staff for the 1st Grade (Pre- IB DP)

Position / Subject Name and Surname
Head of School Dorota Nawojczyk
Assistant Head of School Joanna Oskroba
IB Diploma Programme Coordinator Sean Dooley
School Secretary Dominika Mieszkowska
Psychologist Sabina Knichnicka
Counselors Urszula Wiącek
Katarzyna Domżalska
Librarian Ewa Waśkowska
Homeroom Teacher – Grade 1 Magdalena Dąbrowska
Polish Magdalena Dąbrowska
English Charles Crispen (USA)
Dorota Nawojczyk
German Katarzyna Szołdra – Kremienowska
Spanish Armando Orozco Pego (Spain)
Mathematics Leszek Boczek
History Charles Crispen (USA)
Michał Sawicki
Social Studies Michał Sawicki
Geography Damian Werczyński
Physics Dobromiła Szczepaniak
Chemistry Piotr Połomka
Biology Oriana Molęda
 Visual Arts Dariusz Stapiński
Physical Education Mariusz Kram
IT Damian Śmiejczak
Religion Jacek Górecki
Ethics Artur Zborowski
Cultural Studies Dariusz Stapiński
Economics Przemysław Żarnecki
Practical Philosophy Sean Dooley

Staff – 2nd and 3rd Grade (I and II Diploma Programme)

Position / Subject Name and Surname
Homeroom Teacher – Grade 2 (I DP)

Homeroom Techer – Grade 3 (II DP)

Leszek Boczek

Karolina Kropielnicka


Polish A Karolina Kropielnicka
English A Stephen Dewsbury (Wielka Brytania)
English B Jillian Craig (Wielka Brytania)
German B Renata Durska
Spanish B Armando Orozco Pego (Hiszpania)
History Charles Crispen (USA)
Geography Damian Werczyński
Mathematics SL&HL Leszek Boczek
Math Studies Radosław Kamiński
Theory of Knowledge Sean Dooley (USA)
Community and Service Jillian Bieniek (Wielka Brytania)
Biology Oriana Molęda
Chemistry Piotr Połomka
Physics Aleksandra Podolska-Stycharska