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Best schools in Hilversum, The Netherlands

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

Schools with a 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 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.

International schools

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 School 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.

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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