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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   (pending)

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

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.

Amsterdam International Community School (AICS) 

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 4-19; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,100 pupils

International, IB World, 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 by 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/IGCSEs/A-Levels; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 930 pupils

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 in 2020. Accredited by the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). Graduates almost always either move to local universities or to UK institutions, including Russell Group.

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 pupils

Established over 50 years ago and the first school in the world authorised to teach the complete IB curriculum. An international all-through school with students from over 50 countries with over 50 per cent European and 20 per cent North American. Fantastic facilities and an average IB score of 34 points. 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).


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