New 2021/2022 school year!
The Juliusz Słowacki Polish School is located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood in the historic Polish Home building. Our students are children from Polish and “mixed” families, as well as English-speaking adults. Under the guidance of dedicated, experienced teachers they learn to read, write and speak Polish. They also learn about Polish history, traditions and culture. The classes are taught in a pleasant atmosphere, but with a serious approach to the material.
We welcome everyone who wishes to learn Polish in Seattle.
Dates: for adult classes academic year starts 09.20.2021 and ends 06.07.2022;
for children classes academic year starts 09.25.2021 and ends 06.11.2022
Tuition rates for the 2021/2022 year are
$370.00 for general public
$340.00* for PHA members. (For information how to become PHA member please visit polishhome.org)
(*) proof of membership will be verified
In case multiple family members sign up the tuition fee for each additional family member is discounted by $100.00.
6 pm – 8:30 pm Mondays, Tusedays – adult classes – online
10 am – 12 noon Saturdays – children classes – in-person and online
Mondays – intermediate and advanced levels
Tuesdays – beginners’ level
Size of group: minimum 5, maximum 10 students
** If needed additional days might be added for online learning to accommodate the class size.
To register go to:
or print and fill out:
Milena Dickens, M.Ed.
Payment by check:
made out to Szkola Polska
Mailing address to School Treasurer
15052 25th Ave. NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
The Polish School in Seattle has a reimbursement policy for students who have officially withdrawn from the program. The tuition reimbursement schedule is determined according to the following schedule:
After the first class ………………………………100%
By the end of October ……………………………80%
By the end of November ………………………..70%
By the end of December ………………………..50%
From the end of December ……………No refund
For 2021/2022 school year children’s classes are held at the Polish Home and online, Adults classes are held online.
Saturday classes meet from 10:00 am to 12 noon. Monday and Tuesday classes for adults meet from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. * Additional days might be added for online learning if the class size exceeds the recommended by school size.
Calendarium for 2021/2022 school year
|September 20 and 21, 2021||First day of school for adult’s classes|
|September 25, 2021||First day of school for children’s classes|
|November 27, 2021||Thanksgiving weekend (no school)|
|December 25, 27,28, 2021||Winter break (no school)|
|January 1, 2022||New Year (no school)|
|January 3, 2022||School resumes|
|January 17, 2022||MLK Day (no school)|
|February 21, 2022||President’s Day (no school)|
|April 16, 18, 19, 2022||Spring break (no school)|
|May 30, 2022||Memorial Day weekend (no school)|
|June 6-7, 2022||End of school celebration for adult’s classes|
|June 11, 2022||End of school celebration for children’s classes|
Milena Dickens, M.Ed
Christina Manetti, Ph.D.
Katarzyna (Kasia) Pietrzyk
Milena Dickens, M.Ed.
JULIUSZ SŁOWACKI POLISH SCHOOL IN SEATTLE
The idea of starting a Polish School was initiated by Jan Cieslar, a teacher by profession who taught at Polish refugee camps in Germany. As soon as he arrived in Seattle in 1951, he embarked on his mission of providing Polish education, at first by offering private tutoring. After a while he gained the support and trust of the Polish community and opened the Polish School at the Polish Home in Seattle. At that time the school was attended by around forty students – both children and adults. The most recognized teachers of that time were Jan Cieslar, Jozefina Misztoft, Jozef Lopatto, Martha Golubiec, and Barbara Strutynski. The school thrived for three decades, but closed for six years after Jan Cieslar’s death.
“The idea of once again organizing the Polish School to teach Polish language skills and Polish history was born in 1989,” recalls Ireneusz Predki. In 1990 he did the administrative work required to start the school up again: he set forth the school’s statute, completed its registration, and on September 4th of that year classes began with thirty-five students in attendance. The school offered education to preschoolers, children from kindergarten through middle school, and adults, and used a strong academic curriculum adapted from the Polish Teachers’ Association in Chicago.
As the result of a 2001 vote, the school was named after the great Polish poet Juliusz Słowacki. The vote also introduced the title of “principal” to replace the existing title of “caretaker.” The principals of the school have been Ireneusz Predki, Irena Kulik, Anna Cholewinska, Gerard Adler, Krystyna Swietlicka, Anna Babcock, Paul Griffin, Michael Cozzy, and presently Maria Grabowska. The role of treasurer has been held by Ireneusz Predki, Wlodzimierz Bachowski, Anna Burnatowski, Paul Griffin, and Ewa Roszkowski. The Polish School offers classes for children and adults which take place every Monday and Saturday at the Polish Home. The curriculum includes Polish language, history, geography, culture, and traditions. Our students participate in ceremonies celebrating many historic and cultural events, such as the Anniversary of the Polish Constitution of May Third and Poland’s Independence Day. At Christmastime and at the end of the school year, each class presents a cultural program.
In addition, the school has a booth at the Polish Home bazaars and the Polish Festival Seattle at the Seattle Center, offering Polish books for children, albums, and CDs.
During summer vacations of 2006 and 2007, thirty students and parents participated in a Polish language camp organized by Krystyna Swietlicka at the Cascades Camp and Conference Center in Yelm; the 2008 camp was organized by Anna Babcock. Over the years our students have participated in competitions about the legacy of Jόzef Piłsudski, Independence Day, Polish poets, and an art contest among Polish schools across the country. For two years, during her work at our school, Anna Cholewinska published the school’s monthly paper, Kleks (Ink Blot). Also, at the initiative of Maria Grabowska, for the past fifteen years the school has hosted an annual party for all children and adults in the Seattle Polish community. In 2017, in addition to fun and games, there was a performance by the puppet theater Jester from Vancouver, BC.
Starting in 2008 educators from our school have participated in biannual conferences for Polish teachers in the United States. The organizers invite guest speakers from the Polish National Ministry of Education, noted linguists from Polish universities, authors of children’s books, as well as publishers of school books. The conference attendees participate in numerous teaching workshops and share their knowledge and experiences with other instructors. Thanks to their many years of experience, our teachers select school materials – some imported from Poland – which best help the school to carry out its mission.
At the end of each school year, students receive report cards and book awards. As of 2017 the school has thirty-eight students, many of whom are the children and grandchildren of our Polish community members.
It is difficult to find words to thank our teachers – both current and past – for their professionalism and dedication. Our special thanks go to Barbara and Marian Strutynski for their many years of commitment and hard work, as well as to Marzena Makuta, Katarzyna Adler, Anna Babcock, and Janina Sugier for their great passion and contributions to the success of the school.
As in the past, the Polish School in Seattle is a wonderful place, where students of various ages get together to study Polish language, history, songs, and traditions. What could be more important than that?