Below are answers to questions we often hear. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please contact the Admissions Office.
- How do I apply?
- When to apply?
- Admission and Waiting Lists
- How old should my child be to enroll at ASW, and which grade level will he or she be eligible for?
- Does my child need to be toilet trained for Pre-Kindergarten?
- What is ASW’s academic year?
- How do students from a school with a different academic year transition to ASW?
- Do I need to have all application documents submitted to be considered for admission?
- Will my child have to take a placement test?
Please download and follow the step-by- step User Guide to online application and admissions process for specific information on each step. If you have any questions or queries about the application process, please contact the Admissions team.
For August 2018, applications can be submitted starting from January 2018. After that ASW will be transitioning to an annual application process, which opens 12 months ahead of each academic year. This means that from then on applications can be submitted each year from September prior to the commencement of the school year. For example, applications for the 2019-2020 school year can be submitted starting from September 2018. Families applying for mid-year enrolment can also apply one year ahead.
If you are interested in enrolling your child in more than 12 months from now, please complete our online inquiry form and we will contact you when applications open.
There is no deadline by which you need to apply but given that we may be at capacity in some grade levels, it is fair to say that if you apply earlier in the application cycle then you will be considered for more spaces than if you apply later. Most of the spaces are allocated by April but openings may become available in the months after that.
What is the difference between acceptance and admission?
A student is accepted when after evaluation of the application it is confirmed that he or she meets the acceptance requirements. Admission is when a space is available and the student can be placed in the class or program.
Why has my child been placed on the waiting list?
ASW has maximum class sizes per grade level, as well as nationality capacity guidelines, and a limited number of spaces in selected programmes such as EAL (English as an Additional Language) and Learning Support. Waiting lists may be opened if capacity is reached for any of the above reasons. As enrollment is dynamic, spaces may open at any time during the school year. Please contact the Admissions Office if you would like to know more about the current situation.
How are spaces allocated?
Students are placed on the waiting list by priority group, as defined in the admissions policy. Within each group, students are placed by order of the date of their application (completed application form and payment of the application fee). Admission decisions for August enrolment are taken at set dates, starting from April each year. Please review the User Guide to online application and admissions process, where you will find the timeline for August 2018 enrolment.
The date of the application is the date when the application form has been submitted and the application fee paid. The application cannot be reviewed, however, until the supporting documentation has been submitted as well.
My child has not been admitted for the new school year. Do I have to re-apply?
Once an application has been submitted, you do not need to re-apply nor pay the application fee again. We may ask you for updated information on your child’s academic progress. Your child will remain on the waiting list and we will periodically provide you with an update on his or her admissions status. Should you decide to withdraw your child from the waiting list, please let us know in writing.
As you are aware students enrolled at ASW come from many different countries and school systems, and families often ask what grade their child will be eligible for at ASW.
Candidates for Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 1 will be placed strictly by age. Placement in Grades 2-12 is determined by evaluating the student’s age, development, and previous school experience. The final decision will be made by the School Principal after review and evaluation of the child’s application.
It is important that students have completed a full grade level (American system equivalent) before advancing to the next grade level. If a student has not completed a grade level when enrolling at ASW, he/she will be placed in the same grade level to ensure completion of that grade level.
Any student’s course of study must be completed before he/she reaches his/her 21st birthday.
Only complete applications can be evaluated for admission. A complete application consists of application forms, supporting documentation and payment of the USD$ 750 application fee. Please download and follow the User Guide to online application and admissions process for detailed instructions.
Students applying for Grades 6-12 whose mother tongue is not English or who have not been using English as their primary academic language, will be asked to complete an English language test. Tests in math and foreign language may also be administered to determine appropriate placement in these courses.
- Does ASW accept students with special learning needs?
- Is the application fee refundable?
- How long is the school day?
- Are hot meals provided?
- Is bus transportation provided?
- Do you have a school uniform?
- Do you provide boarding for students?
ASW has a Student Support program in the three divisions, Elementary, Middle and High School. The program is designed to provide assistance to students who have a mild to mild-moderate learning disability or learning difference that requires educational support. ASW currently does not have the personnel capacity to support children with moderate to severe learning disabilities. Students with significant social-emotional difficulties who need a special learning environment may not be eligible for admission.
Each admission is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. For the Admissions team, in conjunction with the Student Support team, to determine whether we can offer an appropriate program or support services, it is essential that parents share information with us about their child’s learning profile and/or any known learning disabilities. Without this information, there is a risk that a child may not receive the specific support they need. Please submit copies of any previous Individual Education Plans, psycho-educational assessments and any other relevant records describing past educational plans and services.
Please contact us if your child has special learning needs and you have questions or concerns about the feasibility of an application.
The application fee is a non-refundable administrative fee, charged to cover the costs of processing your child’s application, including testing and interviewing if required.
The application fee is only valid for the school year in which you are applying. The application fee will be charged for former students re-applying to ASW who are submitting an application for a second time.
Applications will not be processed until the full application fee has been paid.
Payment may be made in cash at the school’s cashier office or by bank transfer. Please contact the Admissions Office for ASW’s bank details.
School starts at 8:30 and ends at 15:30. For grades 11 and 12, the school day starts at 8.20 and finishes at 15.20.
On Wednesdays, all students start school at 9:30 and end at 15:30.
There are a variety of after-school activities at the end of the school day.
A door-to-door bus service is available for a fee for students living in the wider Warsaw area. At the end of the school day buses depart right after school and again at the end of after-school activities.
ASW does not offer boarding. Students enrolled at ASW must reside with their parents or a legal guardian.
If you are absent from home for a short period of time, an adult guardian must take responsibility for your child’s welfare. You should also submit written notice of such temporary guardianship to the Principal’s office.