International primary schools
Published: 11 February 2013 Modified: 11 March 2013
Primary education starts at the age of 4 and continues until the age of 11 or 12. Dutch international primary schools and the private international schools use either the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) or the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP). A list of international primary schools located in the area of The Hague can be found below.
American School of The Hague (ASH)
The American School of The Hague serves an international student base of 3-18 year olds from 65 countries. Some 40% of the students has U.S. citizenship. The curriculum is based on a U.S. educational philosophy; English as a Second Language classes are available at all levels. Children leave ASH with a diverse cultural experience.
British School in the Netherlands (BSN):
The British School in the Netherlands (BSN) is a top British international school with multiple sites based in and around The Hague. As the largest international school in the country it provides a high quality British style education in an international context for children from over 80 different nationalities. Specialist teachers provide support for English as an Additional Language and for students with Special Educational Needs.
There are three Junior School sites (for ages 3 – 11 years):
BSN Junior School Diamanthorst
2592 GH The Hague
BSN Junior School Vlaskamp
2592 AA The Hague
BSN Junior School Leidschenveen
Vrouw Avenweg 640
2493 WZ The Hague
BSN enquiries & admissions
Deutsche Internationale Schule (German International School)
The German International School of The Hague is is the leading German international school and the oldest international school in the Netherlands. The program spans from Kindergarten to graduation from secondary school. The school is recognised by the German government (Kultusministerkonferenz) and offers English, French, Dutch and Spanish as foreign languages.
European School of The Hague
The European School of The Hague Rijnlands Lyceum started up operations in 2012 with the first two years of nursery education (age 4 and 5) and the first two primary school grades (age 6 and 7). Other primary school grades will be added in subsequent years.
The school's secondary school programme will start in 2014. European schools were founded in 1953 for the children of members and officials of European institutions, bodies and agencies. The European School of The Hague will work with three language sections: Dutch, English and Spanish.
Haagsche Schoolvereniging (HSV), International Department
The International Department operates from three locations in The Hague: the Nassaulaan, Koningin Sophiestraat and Van Nijenrodestraat. In the Nassaulaan school, the International Department works alongside the Dutch Primary Department. International places are subsidised by the Netherlands Ministry of Education. The international department educates 400 pupils from more than 50 different countries across the three locations.
2514 JT The Hague
Telephone: (070) 318 49 65
Age range: 4-11 years
Curriculum: International Primary Curriculum (IPC), UK National Numeracy and Literacy Strategies
International School of The Hague (ISH)
The International School of The Hague is an international primary and secondary school with more than 1,000 students aged 4-18. The school is subsidised by the Dutch Ministry of Education, enabling it to offer high-quality education at competitive fees. Children aged 4 to 11 years follow the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).
Lighthouse Special Education
The Lighthouse Special Education was established in 1998 to serve members of the international community in the Netherlands whose children have special educational needs. Lighthouse Special Education is the International Department of the Instituut Voor Individueel Onderwijs (Institute for Individual Education), a Dutch school for Primary Special Education, member of the Haagsche Schoolvereniging. Using a special educational programme conducted in English, Lighthouse Special Education offers a new chance for children with complex behavioural and/or developmental problems to be part of the community.
Le Lycée Français Vincent van Gogh
Founded in 1947 by parents of French, Belgian and Swiss origin, the Lycée Vincent van Gogh de La Haye-Amsterdam is a primary and secondary school with students ages from 3 to 18 years old. The school has an official status within the French educational system and is part of the French educational network which is made of at least 470 schools all around the world (AEFE : Agence pour l'Enseignement Français à l'Etranger).
2584 AA The Hague
Telephone: (070) 306 69 20
Age range: 3-11 years
Curriculum: French educational system from 'maternelle' to 'lycée' (baccalauréat ES, L, S)
Sekolah Kedutaan Republik Indonesia di Wassenaar / Indonesian School in the Netherlands (SIN)
A private institution funded by the Representative of the Republic of Indonesia in the Netherlands.
Szkola Polska / Polish School in The Hague
The Ukrainian School in The Hague 'Veselka'
- Resources for international families
- Foundation for International Education in the Netherlands (SIO): Independent foundation promoting international schools throughout the Netherlands.
- European Council of International Schools: European-wide information.
- Educational advice: Advice on a wide range of subjects pertaining to international education in the Netherlands.
- Special Education: What is there in the Netherlands for children with special education needs?
- Specialized Autism Services: Helping families decide on the right treatment.