It all started in a modest, grey building in one of the districts of Warsaw where Joanna Zarańska launched one of the first schools in Poland to specialise in teaching English to children. After a few months, it turned out that the ordinary look of the building had nothing to do with what was happening within. The classes were enthralling, filled with happiness and colour. Joanna’s enthusiasm, combined with her own tailor-made teaching program, produced astounding results. The pupils spoke of their classes as adventures, filled with riddles, songs, rhymes and physical activities. They described those fun activities using more and more English words they had learned.
It was in 1993, the same year a supernova was discovered in the constellation of Ursa Nova, that this new school called Early Stage was established. It was a school born under a lucky star with innovative teaching methods opening children’s minds to the world of English.
Soon, it became apparent that the school needed new staff. Not regular English teachers but instructors with passion, creativity and joy, who loved working with children and facing ambitious challenges. That was how Joanna’s daughters joined the team: first Agnieszka, now known under her stage name Aga Zaryan, and a few years later Antonina, who is currently the director of Early Stage.
The school operated as a small, family-run company, gaining in popularity each and every year with increasing numbers of new students.
1997 rang in some changes. Persuaded by one of the students’ parents, Joanna opened a new branch in another district of Warsaw. Soon after, yet another new school was opened on the initiative of Agnieszka. Early Stage’s journey to new places in Warsaw had begun.
Original course books, several years of experience, enthusiasm and hundreds of ideas for exciting classes – these were the assets that created growth potential and propelled the school into the new millennium.
The New Year countdown set in motion the dynamic development of the company. Fresh, talented people joined our teaching staff, new projects were launched, and new branches opened. In 2005, for the first time, Early Stage was awarded the European Language Label for its innovative approach to foreign language teaching. From 2007 to 2011, the school expanded outside Warsaw, opening branches in the biggest Polish cities. It currently operates in 400 locations, providing courses for over 28,500 children.
Our educational success is very important to us. But what we are most proud of are our young graduates, who leave our school with an excellent knowledge of English. Their openness to the world and the huge opportunities for further development are the best motivation for our continued effort. Children have been the biggest inspiration for our work from day one ;-)