International or Dutch education The Hague region

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The Hague region offers a large variety of options for your child to attend school: both international and Dutch education on international or local schools. Below you will find an overview with the different options and their advantages and disadvantages. Some schools might have a waiting list for admission. Please contact the admissions desk of the school to find out if your preferred school has a waiting list.

Government-funded Dutch international schools

The school curriculum is often taught in English. Depending on the school, they follow Dutch rules but do not offer Dutch curriculum nor do they take Dutch exams. As the schools are partly funded by the Dutch government, the school fees remain affordable for international families.

Government-funded international schools in the region are:

Foreign schools

Foreign schools are funded by their associated country, fall under their educational authority and have a focus on the country’s curriculum. There is a French School and a German school. Both schools have a considerable yearly fee.

Foreign schools in the region are:

Independent international schools (private schools)

These schools are not funded by the Dutch government and are supervised by an international accreditation organisation. Private international schools generally follow the curriculum and award the diplomas of the country of association. These private schools have a considerable yearly fee. Independent international schools in the region are:

Dutch schools

If you are planning to stay for a longer period in the Netherlands regular Dutch education for your children is an option. The integration and Dutch language skills of your children will benefit from regular education. Dutch education is free, but schools may charge a small fee for additional costs and services.

Local Dutch schools offer different options for international pupils who do not speak Dutch yet.

  • An Internationale schakelklas (ISK) is a special program in secondary education in which pupils get additional lessons in Dutch for one or two years before moving on to regular (Dutch) classes.
  • Tweetalig onderwijs (bilingual education) is available on several secondary schools and some primary schools. A part of the classes will be taught in English, the final exams will however be in Dutch.

Some schools offer a Kopklas. This is a class for primary school pupils whose Dutch is not yet sufficient to express their full potential. They can follow a kopklas after the 7th or 8th grade (of primary school) at a secondary education facility. Here they will get lessons in Dutch, English, debating, presenting, study skills and physical education.

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