These are the schools that English-speaking expats consider in The Hague (but may not necessarily choose).
This is an overview of the main schools catering to English-speaking families in The Hague.
Out of all the schools concerned, we have already identified the really good ones, and put our banner by their names below (some of them still pending visits and confirmation).
We select these banner schools after conducting extensive parent interviews. Our Netherlands editor then personally researches each school, visits and meets the head, and writes the full review,
Remember, the paragraphs below are simply informational; this list include schools expats choose, and schools they don't. To read the full reviews of GSGI selected schools, click on the GSGI entry under each school's name (repeat: only the ones with the banner).
International Primary Department
Nassaulaan 26, 2514 JT Den Haag
Tel: +31 (0)70 363 8531
The International School of The Hague
Wijndaelerweg 1, 2554 BZ Den Haag
Tel: Primary Dept. +31 (0)70 338 4567
Secondary Dept. +31 (0)70 328 1450
Lighthouse Special Education
Amalia van Solmstraat 155, 2595 TA Den Haag
Tel: +31 (0)6 53146708
The American School of The Hague
Rijksstraatweg 200, 2241 BX Wassenaar
Tel: +31 (0)70 512 1060
The British School in the Netherlands
Tarwekamp 3, 2592 Den Haag
Tel: +31 (0)70 315 4040
Age range: 3-5
- Vlaskamp 19, 2592 AA Den Haag
- Diamanthorst 16, 2592 GH The Hague
Tel: +31 (0)70 333 8111
Age Range: 5-11
Jan van Hooflaan 3, 2252 BG Voorschoten
Tel: +31 (0)71 560 2222
Age range: 11-18
Although it promotes itself as one (very large) school, BSN is spread out over four (soon to be five) campuses, with each its own head of school. While the curriculum, policies, and standards are the same for all campuses, there do appear to be some differences between the locations, and there is not much contact between the families of different campuses.
With three junior campuses (Diamanthorst, Vlaskamp and Leidschenveen) and one senior campus (in the leafy town of Voorschoten in between The Hague and Leiden (for ages 11-18), currently catering for about 2400 students in total, BSN has become a massive school.
A second senior school is planned to open in 2019 next to the junior school in Leidschenveen, which is close to the motorway network and where children will be able to stay from ages 3 to 18…obviously a huge benefit for families with children of different ages.
The Diamanthorst (JSD - approximately 325 students) and Vlaskamp (JSV - about 610 children) junior campuses are located in the residential Mariahoeve area in the north-east of The Hague, 5 minutes from each other. The mid-sized Leidschenveen location (JSL) - with a student body of 450 - is on the western outskirts of The Hague, with easy access to the motorway network.
The senior school (SSV - over 1000 students) is a bit further out, in the leafy town of Voorschoten in between The Hague and Leiden.
Parents who prefer the Vlaskamp location like it because of its huge outdoor area and proximity to the city centre. Nearby Diamanthorst, on the contrary, although also near the city centre, has a smaller outside space and offers a bit more ‘homely' feel. The Leidschenveen location is housed in the newest building of the four, has lots of outdoor space, and has a larger number of Dutch children than the other campuses.
For full our review on the school as a whole, giant as it is, go to the overall GSGI review Of British School in the Netherlands in this section (The Netherlands The Hague).