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Best schools in Amsterdam Netherlands

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

Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names.

(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 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.


International schools

Amity International School   

PYP/ candidate MYP, IB Diploma; 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 educating 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 moving to a new purpose-built facility. 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 (The)

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. Inspected by Penta for British Schools Overseas (BSO).Graduates almost always either move to 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 (ISA)  (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 all three original International Baccalaureate programmes. An international all-through school with students from over 50 countries who tend to be around 50 per cent European and 20 per cent North American. Fantastic facilities and an average International Baccalaureate Diploma score in the mid-thirties. 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).

These schools have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.

Lycée Francais Vincent van Gogh LaHaye - Amsterdam

French curriculum; ages 3-15; co-ed; day; state; 230 students

The other campus, attached since 1989, of the Lycée Vincent van Gogh, based in The Hague. Until recently, only a primary school but they are in the process of expanding to teach students up to the end of Collège. The teaching language is French but Dutch will be taught in Collège. Like its older sister, part of the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) and accredited by the French Ministry of Education.

Winford Bilingual Primary School

Adapted; ages 4-12; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 40 students

Opened in 2005 and one of eight schools in The Netherlands, owned and run by Winford Holding. Literally, just around the corner from the Van Gogh Museum and the Museumplein. The school follows a fully immersive, combined, Dutch, English and International Primary curriculum with one English and one Dutch teacher in each class. Recognised but not subsidised by the Dutch government.

Bergen 

European School Bergen

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

Located in Bergen 40 kms outside Amsterdam, as 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.

Utrecht 

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 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 of 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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