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School system in Poland?

mania     Dec 11, 2005, 11:32am  #

I'm not sure if this is in right forum, but...

I'd like to know what kind of school system there is in Poland, eg. when do kids go to school and how long does one last, what are different schools called in polish etc.

thank you :)

Guest     Dec 11, 2005, 12:17pm  #

here it is:
age 7-13 szkola podstawowa (lasts 6 years) primary school
13-16 gimnazjum (lasts 3 years) lower secondary
16-19 szkola srednia (lasts 3 years ending with matura/certificate of
matriculation, giving access to university etc) higher secondary
http://www.poland.gov.pl/?document=385

best regards

mania     Dec 25, 2005, 11:04am  #

Great! That's exactly what I want to know. Thank u :)

Guest     Jan 13, 2006, 11:10pm  #

I'm not sure what's the purpose of gymnasium - it's usually in the same building as the primary school and the same teacher... More beaurocracy is never too much I guess... Especially in such a "rich" counry like Poland. Politics, politics...

Guest     Jan 14, 2006, 04:02am  #

Quoting: Guest
I'm not sure what's the purpose of gymnasium


It is a school for a particular age group. The shortage of appropriate facilities and teaching staff has nothing to do with the idea of gimnazjum. Isn't it like 'middle school' in the US? Now, what makes you say that it is all because of bureaucracy?

Read this for more infor:
http://www.buwiwm.edu.pl/educ/index.htm


Pawel     Jan 14, 2006, 09:20am  #

Quoting: Guest
Now, what makes you say that it is all because of bureaucracy?

I just don't feel it brings any value for the student. It brings more unnecessary work and documents to deal with. Has anyone in Poland ever measured how and if setting up gimnazjum is going to increase the student's knowledge/skills? I bet they haven't - they just aped the school system from the "Western countries" without even thinking about it's purpose. But it seems Polish government apes everything since otherwise research and thinking would be necessary... :|
Pawel

Guest     Jan 14, 2006, 12:47pm  #

Pawel, the three-tiered system would perhaps make much more sense if all gimnazjums had their own premises. To counter myself, I have also heard the opinion that 3 years of upper secondary education is just too little to revise and increase students' knowledge in preparation for the final exams.
I graduated under the old 8+4 system, years before anybody thought about introducing the new system so I have not had any first-hand experience with the new system.

Guest     Feb 21, 2006, 07:54pm  #

Hi!
I'm a student in secondary school and i'm doing an oral for my english class! My subject is: School system in Poland. I need some info like...how many days of school, when they begin, holidays, the schedule of a school day and some infos like that. I speak french and i learn english as a second language and i have to do this oral so if you know something about that, tell me please!
Thank you!
:)

mark2     Feb 21, 2006, 11:52pm  #

Quoting: Guest
how many days of school,

I think it's usually 5 days a week. Classes begin in the morning (usually 8AM). Weekends are free (unless you're a part-time student). All governmental holidays are free (since teachers have a day off then too :). Schedule - class usually lasts for 45 minutes, then there's a 10 minute break (long break has usually 20-30 minutes).

There are many ambitious students who study during the breaks - they are called "kujony" (geeks) but they usually don't care :).

Part-time students have it "easier" - they can have more breaks and professors don't usually stress them as much as daily students...

Guest     Feb 24, 2006, 05:43pm  #

Hi!
I also need what are the shool subjects(in secondary school)
when the shool year begin and finsh, if you are traditions (for example, do exercises when you begin school, like japanese people)
how many classes a day . I know that a day begin at 8 AM but when is it finishing??
activities and thje dress code(uniforms or ...)
so...thank you again!!

Guest     Feb 25, 2006, 11:41am  #

The school year begins on September 1 (students usually begin October 1) and at the beginning of June, I think. There are usually 5-8 classes a day - so depending on the number of classes on that day it can end at 1PM-3PM. I don't think there are any dress codes required - unless the particular school wanted to do so.

I think there are no special traditions - but it may depend on the particular school or even teacher (if the teacher wants her/his students to exercise before beginning class, I think the management would oppose). The only tradition I could remember was calling and assembly every Monday before class begin - it was required for all students (at least primary students). But I think this "tradition" doesn't exist anymore - it was more like the communism era...

I think students do whatever they want during the breakes between the classes. Some of them have a snack, other go outside to have a smoke (even though it is prohibited). I feel the Polish students have become more "cool" - meaning, they don't care as much as their parents did (which is not a good sign though).

Guest     Mar 19, 2006, 08:13pm  #

Hi,
I am doing a report for school about schools in Poland. I need mostly information about primary schools. Some information I am looking for is how many days of school are there, how many hours a day is school, what classes there are, and just general information like that. Thanks!!

ricky     Mar 19, 2006, 08:15pm  #

I think some answers may be found above in this thread...

shanna     Apr 19, 2006, 12:29pm  #

hi!
I would like sto know how long you have to stay in school?

Guest     Apr 30, 2006, 03:27am  #

I don't know exactly what you mean but if you ask what is the obligatory education period in Poland here comes the answer:

The education must be continued until you are 18. Primary school (szkola podstawowa) and gymnasium (gimnazjum) are obligatory for everybody under 18, unless they graduated it :)

If you are 18 and older, you're free to choose whether to continue or not

Guest     May 1, 2006, 07:03am  #

For anyone taking the 'English Matura.' This might help.

School in England. State School.

Children start school at age five. The first two years of primary school are known as 'the infants'
Pupils stay at primary school until age eleven.

Pupils start secondary school at age eleven and finish at age sixteen.
At age sixteen they take exams. [not the Matura]

Age sixteen to eighteen pupils attend 6th form college
At eighteen they take 'A-Levels' [A-Levels = Matura]

A-Level results help determine which university you might attend.

The school day is longer in England because pupils have a long lunch break.
Hot meals are served.

School hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm This can vary it depends on the education authority.
Usual lesson time is six hours a day.

Not all pupils wear school uniform.

Some lessons are different. Polish schools and English schools don't teach exactly the same subjects.

Even with State Schools you will find differences: Some schools have 'Middle School'
Some schools have a 6th form.

Private schools are different.


Don't say: 'I'm in the third class' It should be: 'I'm in the third year'

The school system is 'Comprehensive' which means that all schools teach the same thing.

Pupils usually have to go to the school nearest their home. You can't choose like in Poland.

ghjghjgh     Jan 30, 2007, 01:04pm  #

going to poland ???????? is it worth a try ? are there schools worth going

telefonitika     Edited by: telefonitika  Jan 30, 2007, 03:40pm  #

Quoting: Guest, Post #16
School in England. State School.

Children start school at age five. The first two years of primary school are known as 'the infants'
Pupils stay at primary school until age eleven.


Though you can send your child to Nursery as young as 4 if attached to the school or location near the catchment area schooling.
Also you have the option now to send children between the ages of 6months and 5 years to private day nurseries and these options are usually beneficial to those who are seeking to return to work in a part time or full time position or back to their old job they were on maternity leave for or starting work again.

School system is broken down like this for Primary schools :
Reception Year mainly 5 year old
Year 1 - 5-6 year old
Year 2 - 6-7 year old
Year 3 - 7-8 year old
Year 4 - 8-9 year old
Year 5 - 9-10 year old
Year 6 - 10-11 year old

Secondary Schools/Specialist Colleges/High School you attend between
Classed as the Lower Years:>
Year 7 - 11-12 years
Year 8 - 12-13 year old
Year 9 - 13-14 year old
Classed as the Upper Years:>
Year 10 - 14-15 year old
Year 11 - 15-16 year old
In years 10 and 11 you study for the GCSE's also some local authorities will allow your child to attend the Local College to study in place of GCSEs at the age of 14 a vocational course of study that has work placement attached to it.

Years 12(16-17 year old) and 13(17-18 year old) are classed as 6th Form education and is for anyone who at school wishes to study for A-Levels (though you can study these at Local Colleges at any age) if you wish to proceed to University at the age of 18.

Quoting: Guest, Post #16
The school day is longer in England because pupils have a long lunch break.
Hot meals are served.

School hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm This can vary it depends on the education authority.
Usual lesson time is six hours a day


The hours of attendance depend on each school really but most start at 855am finishing around 335pm school day is on average 6 hours 30mins long Monday to Friday only.
Hot meals are served with a healthy choice menu but some parents can allow children to bring their own ie packed lunches.
School breaks are usually 2 breaks of 15-20mins morning and afternoon and a 45min lunch break.

Quoting: Guest, Post #16
Even with State Schools you will find differences: Some schools have 'Middle School'


You will find that "Middle School" are few and far between as most do not exist in many areas as they are being converted to PRIMARY schools due to the increase of SPECIALIST SCHOOLS/COLLEGES.

Quoting: Guest, Post #16
The school system is 'Comprehensive' which means that all schools teach the same thing.


This is wrong the schooling system isnt comprehensive as that is a term used to describe a school for secondary education.
All schools teach under the NATIONAL CURRICULUM criteria and guidelines and must adhere to this but they do not neccessarily have to teach the SAME subjects as another school just STICK to the Nat Curriculum and the Key Stage elements.

Quoting: Guest, Post #16
Pupils usually have to go to the school nearest their home


This is also incorrect as you have to apply to the school you wish to attend in all areas you live you CANNOT ASSUME that you will have a place for your child at any school near your home

Quoting: Guest, Post #16
Private schools are different


Arent that different except you have to PAY!! They still have to teach under the NATIONAL CURRICULUM

Quoting: Guest, Post #16
Not all pupils wear school uniform

This is complusory at most school that a child has to wear a uniform throughout its school life.

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  ♂   Jan 30, 2007, 03:52pm  #

tele,

Post sixteen is mine. This is information people ask me about. Thanks for putting me right. :)

telefonitika     Jan 30, 2007, 05:18pm  #

Quoting: Wroclaw, Post #19
tele,

Post sixteen is mine. This is information people ask me about. Thanks for putting me right.


No worries hun ... it is a pleasure just so people know better i thought i would outline it further ... hope i did not offend Wroclaw ??

But as i am british and having started at a nursery school .. then gone to an RC(roman catholic) Primary school .. then into a middle school and finally a comprehensive school thought i would give my background info to those coming to the UK and wishing to place a child in school :)

My daughter currently is in year 4 of a primary school that was until about 6 years or so ago a first school only took children between ages of 5-9 years .. then you went to middle school at 9-13years then onto secondary school etc etc.

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  ♂   Jan 30, 2007, 05:47pm  #

Quoting: telefonitika, Post #20
hope i did not offend Wroclaw ??


Don't be silly. Of course you didn't. :)

Off topic. tele, are you teaching your daughter Polish ?

Angel     Mar 13, 2007, 10:56am  #

you start scholl at 6 and till tou abo0ut 11 or 12 you have the same teacher(primary school) after 3 yers of higher primary school, then three of seconadary then three of colage You start at six finish at 18
P.S
You start learnig english when six (most of the time)
then german is second year of higher primary

telefonitika     Apr 23, 2007, 02:47pm  #

Quoting: Wroclaw
Off topic. tele, are you teaching your daughter Polish


I teach her a few words when she asked something yes, but as im learning myself i figure it is a fun way of learning and we are both british as you know (sorry only just seen wroclaw posting to me!)

courtdork2008     Edited by: Moderator  Apr 23, 2007, 02:52pm  #

What is a schedule for a typical student in Poland?
What cources are taught there?
What are the goals of the K-12 system?
What are the strengths and challenges of a Poland education system?
What are the strengths and challenges of a US education system?
Are there examples of international strife over curricula or textbooks?
Which courses are also taught in the US? Which are not?
How does a typical day at a Poland high school compare to that of a US school?

can you help me w/ some of the questions down below that have to do w/ Poland?????

telefonitika     Apr 23, 2007, 03:24pm  #

Quoting: courtdork2008
Quoting: telefonitika
can you help me w/ some of the questions down below that have to do w/ Poland?????


i dont know anything about the school system in Poland countdork2008

but here are some links i found on the google search engine
h t t p://www.skvc.lt/old/PL/System.htm
h t t p://www.euroeducation.net/prof/polaco.htm

maybe someone who is polish and lives in Poland give you a better breakdown

Tomek ;]     Edited by: Administrator  May 3, 2007, 12:35pm  #

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auroralynn     May 14, 2007, 09:11pm  #

[b]How many hours do you stay in school per day? I am doing a report on Poland and there is a essay I have to do and part if it is all about education. THANX [/b][i][/i]

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  ♂   May 15, 2007, 08:21am  #

Quoting: auroralynn
How many hours do you stay in school per day?


Impossible to answer. Many pupils do extra lessons. You might have four lessons one day and six the next. You might start at 8:00 one day and 9:00 the next. It depends on your age and school.
A standard week would be thirty hours.

hi dog     Mar 16, 2008, 05:17pm  #

that was what i needed thanks

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  ♂   Sep 15, 2008, 12:36am  #

how many hours do they go to school for



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