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Best schools in The Netherlands

A snapshot: schools in The Netherlands considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats.

Schools with a full GSGI review are noted with  next to their names and  (pending) means that the school is on our list to review.

By full GSGI review, we mean school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final reviews take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details and descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. We are aware of the other schools on this page and we continually add or remove schools, as deemed appropriate.


Arnhem

Rivers Arnhem International School, Primary  

EYFS/ adapted National Curriculum for England; ages 4-12; co-ed; day; state; 175 students

International department of the Dutch state primary school, teaching a British curriculum to mainly expat children, coming from a wide range of nationalities. Also teaching programmes in Dutch language and culture.

Click here to read our full review of Rivers Arnhem International School, Primary Department.

Rivers Arnhem International School, Secondary  

MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 12-19; co-ed; day; state; 125 students

International department of Dutch state secondary school catering (as in the primary school) to a wide range of nationalities, offering the International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programmes. Small school with small classes (average 15 students).

Click here to read our full review of Arnhem International School, Secondary Department.

Bergen 

European School Bergen  

Adapted curriculum/ European Baccalaureate; ages 4-19; co-ed; day; state; 540 students

Located in Bergen 40 kms outside Amsterdam, one of the thirteen European schools across the continent,. The international curriculum, recognised as equivalent to the national systems, delivered in English, French or Dutch. Students come from across the Netherlands with a bus service from Amsterdam and a public bus service from Alkmaar.

Click here to read our full review of European School Bergen

Breda

International School of Breda

International Primary Curriculum/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; state; 350 students

Opened in 2011, they describe themselves as ‘a mini United Nations’ with over 40 nationalities enrolled in the school. A member of the Dutch International Schools. Inspected as well as partly funded by the Dutch government and working in collaboration with two local Dutch schools.

Delft

International School of Delft

PYP/ candidate MYP; ages 4-14; co-ed; day; state

The school started life as a tiny primary in 2014 but expanded upwards into a secondary in 2019. The two schools are on separate campuses, at present, but there are plans for a new building in the same area which will be able to accommodate 450 students. Partly state-funded and a member of Dutch International Schools.

Haarlem

International School of Haarlem

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ International Primary Curriculum/ MYP/ candidate IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; state; 240 students

Another recent addition (2017 primary and 2018 secondary) to the international schools in The Netherlands. Founded by two Dutch school boards in a re-developed building in the historic centre of Haarlem and currently based on two sites with the secondary school due to move in late 2021.

Hilversum

International School Hilversum (ISH)

PYP/ MYP / IB Diploma; ages 4-19; co-ed; day; state; 790 students

Offers the three stages of the IB programme and also a bilingual programme (TTO) (with an international content), for Dutch passport holders who have finished the Dutch primary system. Qualifications for entry include a family with a non-Dutch passport, re-patriating Dutch who are unable to find a place in the Dutch education system or children of families about to move abroad. Roughly one third of students are Dutch with the remainder international. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

IPS Hilversum

PYP; ages 4-12; co-ed; day; state

An international primary school, partly state-funded on three campuses in Hilversum. Frans Hals campus for students aged 4-8, Rembrandt campus aged 7-12 and Mondrian campus all-through 4-12. Teaching both Dutch and expat children. The school belongs to the local education board, Stip Hilversum.

Violenschool International Primary School

Part of IPS Hilversum, offering the same Dutch curriculum but 30-50 per cent of the time is reserved for English classes for which parents are required to pay a top-up fee.

Maastricht

United World College

Adapted curriculum/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 4-19; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 915 students

One of 18 global UWC schools and colleges, stating that their aim is to highlight diversity and intercultural understanding, for instance, this school is attended by pupils from over 100 nationalities. Offering a boarding option for International Baccalaureate Diploma students. A member of Eco-Schools and Dutch International Schools and accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Rotterdam

Harbour International School

International Primary Curriculum; ages 4-12; co-ed; day; state; 255 students

A primary school, teaching entirely in English, with Dutch as an option. Founded in 1988, when it was called Blijberg International. The school changed its name to Harbour International in 2019 and is subsidised by the Dutch government. A member of Dutch International Schools.

Nord Anglia International School Rotterdam

International Primary Curriculum/ International Middle Years Curriculum/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; privately owned; 260 students

Originally, the American International School of Rotterdam but acquired by the international group, Nord Anglia Education in 2018. Dually, externally accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the North Eastern Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and one of the top IB Diploma schools in The Netherlands, ranked on results.

Rotterdam International Secondary School

Adapted curriculum/ IB Diploma; ages 11-18; co-ed; day; state; 380 students

Founded in 1987 as a department within the Wolfert Bilingual school and now one of the individual schools in the Wolfert School Group, which are subsidised partly by the state and partly privately. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and a member of Dutch International Schools.

Utrecht 

International School Utrecht   

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; state; 930 students

A relatively young school opened in 2012. One of the network of subsidised Dutch International schools and an all-through IB World school. Only the first two cohorts have taken the IB Diploma so too early to know where it will sit in IB world rankings. The school is growing fast and will move in 2020 to a new location, which aims to accommodate 1,200 students.

Click here to read our full review of the International School Utrecht

For more information on the schools above, please go to each school's individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.

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