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Best schools in Amsterdam Netherlands

A snapshot overview of schools in Amsterdam that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.

If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.

Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names. "Pending" means that we are planning to review that school.

By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups 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 descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.

Schools in Amsterdam reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International

Amity International School   

PYP candidate/ Adapted curriculum; ages 3-13; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 185 students

A brand-new international school with students and staff from nearly 40 different countries. Grown rapidly from its foundation in 2018 (two pupils) and aiming to expand to include classes up to the age of 18. Run by the Amity Education Group a global non-profit organisation with over 150,000 students worldwide.

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

Amsterdam International Community School (AICS) 

IPC/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-19; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,030 students

International, primary and secondary school with classes taught in English. Now operating on three campuses; AICS South East is a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly campus, the Satellite campus is in a modern building and the Main school is due to move to a new purpose-built facility in 2020. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and Eco-Schools, an international organisation founded by the Foundation for Environmental Education.

Click here to read our full review of the Amsterdam International Community School

British School of Amsterdam

National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A-Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 930 students 

Founded in 1978 by British parents, aiming to keep their children in the English system whilst posted to the Netherlands. Offering an all-through British education from nursery to A-Levels. Planning to move into a new purpose-built facility, due to open in 2021. BSO inspected school (by Penta).Graduates almost always move on to  either local universities or to UK institutions, including Russell Group members.

Click here to read our full review of the British School of Amsterdam

International School of Amsterdam  (pending)

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,400 students

Established over 50 years ago and the first school in the world authorised to teach the complete IB curriculum (although they do not offer the Careers Programme). An international all-through school with students from over 50 countries with over 50 per cent Europeans and 20 per cent North Americans. Fantastic facilities and an average IB score in the mid-thirties out of 45. Graduates mainly head to university in the Netherlands, the UK and the US. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

School in Bergen 

European School Bergen

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

One of the thirteen European schools across the continent, located in Bergen 40 kms outside Amsterdam. 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.

School in Utrecht reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International

International School of 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 Continuum school. Only the first two cohorts have taken the IB Diploma, so it is still 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 accomodate 1,200 students.

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


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