What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?
International families living in The Netherlands can choose to send their children to either a Dutch or international school. The different international options available are as follows:

  • Specific nationality-based international schools (for example, the British or American schools)
  • International schools (for children of many different nationalities)
  • Dutch school with an international stream (a separate international curriculum at a Dutch school)
  • Dual-language schools (education at a Dutch school in both English and Dutch; only an option for children who already speak Dutch)

Many schools popular with international families do have waiting lists. Schools in the Netherlands offer high-quality education. The philosophy behind Dutch education reflects Dutch society and aims to encourage students to be open-minded and able to think and learn in a creative manner. Children attend school from age 5 to age 16 in the following levels:

  • Pre-Primary Education
  • Primary Education (Basisschool)
  • Secondary Education (VMBO, HAVO, VWO)
  • Tertiary Education (Vocational Education (MBO and company schools), University of Applied

Sciences (HBO), Research University (Universiteit))
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What are some examples of these schools?
International schools are fee-paying, but are an alternative option for families with children who do not speak Dutch. The following international schools are located in The Hague:

  • The British School
  • The Haagsche School Vereeniging
  • The International School of the Hague

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Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?
Many schools have waiting lists. Please contact Crown Amsterdam for current information on the schools you are interested in.
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Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?
Yes, but many pre-schools also have waiting lists. Most of the international pre-schools are affiliated with the international schools mentioned above.
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How are most kids transported to and from school?
Most international schools have school bus transportation. Public transport or travel by bike provides other possibilities.
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When does the typical school year start and end?
August to June
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Is there anything else I should know about local schools?
Some local schools may have an international department. Please contact Crown Amsterdam to learn more.
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