What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?
In general, expats prefer private international schools over Dutch public schools. British expats tend to choose a British School, French-speaking expats send their kids to a French school, Japanese expats tend to choose a Japanese school and so on.
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What are some examples of these schools?
British School of Amsterdam - British nursery, primary and first year of middle school for children ages 2 to 12.

  • International School of Amsterdam - International Baccalaureate (IB) for children ages 3 to 18.
  • The Japanese School of Amsterdam - Primary and secondary education for children ages 6 to 15.
  • Annexe du Lycee Français Vincent van Gogh - Enseignement Français (maternelles et élémentaire) for children ages 3 to 11.

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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 a lot of these pre-schools also have waiting lists. Most of them are affiliated with the international schools mentioned above.
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How are most kids transported to and from school?
Most schools have school bus transportation. Public transport or travel by bike provide other possibilities.
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When does the typical school year start and end?
September to June.
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Is there anything else I should know about local schools?
Some local schools have an international department. Please contact Crown Amsterdam to learn more.
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