International Schools in Amsterdam
There are around 16 international schools in Amsterdam and the surrounding area, 3 of these are British schools and 5 are International Baccalaureate schools.
Amsterdam, the capital city of The Netherlands, has a population of around 850,000 in the city and 2.4 million in the metropolitan area. Amsterdam is well known around the world for its long, fascinating history and cultural heritage. It is famous for its unique architecture, extensive canal network and comprehensive system of cycle routes. Cycling is a very popular and easy way to get around the city, in fact there are actually more bikes than people in Amsterdam. Public transport, via trains, trams, the metro, bus and ferry, is also straightforward and convenient. Amsterdam is a very family friendly city with hundreds of playgrounds and child friendly cafés around the city. The Dutch, and their children, have frequently featured highly in, or topped, a variety of world happiness ratings. Dutch families combine traditional family values with mutual respect and a desire to raise independent children. They also have a good work life balance and parents share their child-rearing responsibilities. One little known fact about Amsterdam is that it has beaches. Strand Zuid, Dok and Sloterplas, around the periphery of the city, all have beach restaurants, water and sand.
The south of the city, Oud Zuid, with its leafy, green neighbourhoods and wealth of cafés and shops, is considered to be the most chic and expensive part of Amsterdam. There are many residential neighbourhoods with carefully preserved older houses and well built, spacious apartments. It is bordered by Amsterdam’s largest city park, the Vondelpark and is home to Winford Bilingual Primary School, Lycée Francais Vincent Van Gough, The British School of Amsterdam and Amsterdam International Community School.
Further south is the area of Amstelveen, quieter, greener and yet still within 15 minutes of the city and the airport. Housing here is a little less expensive and there are more properties with their own garden. This area contains the enormous Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest) and is home to Amity International School, The International School of Amsterdam and Florencius International School.
Further out of the city to the west is the town of Hoofddorp, leafy and green with excellent shopping, plenty of suburban housing and new developments underway. It is becoming increasingly popular with international families and has excellent transport connections into Amsterdam, Den Haag and the airport. Frequent trains to the airport take only 4 minutes. Hoofddorp is home to the Optimist International School and Gifted Minds International School.
To the north of Hoofddorp is the beautiful, old city of Haarlem with its cobbled streets and traditional gabled houses. Haarlem has excellent shopping and a great selection of cafés and restaurants. The residential areas are within easy cycle access of both the city centre and the North Sea beaches and Amsterdam is only 15 minutes away by train. Haarlem is home to the International School Haarlem.
Often likened to a miniature version of Amsterdam, Haarlem has a similarly picturesque old-world charm, with cobbled streets, winding waterways and gabled houses. Though rich with historic architecture, it’s a lively city packed with culture, nightlife, dining hotspots and some of the best shopping streets in the country. All that vivid history inspires plenty of entrepreneurial vision too, with young digital businesses and agencies gravitating to Haarlem, while rejuvenation is a key characteristic (just look at the Jopenkerk, a former church in the centre, transformed into a thriving brewery, café and restaurant).
Another area that should be mentioned is Almere. Situated across the Ij (pronounced eye) to the north east of the city, Almere is one of the newest cities in the Amsterdam area. This area is built on reclaimed land and has a modern architectural aesthetic. Houses are modern and spacious with gardens and are located in small, safe neighbourhoods with plenty of good cafés, restaurants and shops. The area is very leafy and green with plenty of parks and playgrounds that many children cycle to on their own. Transport links are good and trains to Amsterdam take only 20 minutes. This area is home to the International School Almere and the International Primary School Almere.
Where Amsterdam international schools are distributed (view our List of International Schools in Amsterdam to see a live map):
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Read Optimist International School reviews
Optimist International School Amsterdam is a primary school for children 4 - 11 years old. Our wonderful new school building in Floriande, Hoofddorp (metropolitan region of Amsterdam) is well-equipped to offer a rigorous and inspiring international curriculum.
The beautiful Haarlemmermeerse bos and area around us provides our school with many opportunities for outdoor learning. We are a caring international community that guides children to become compassionate, committed global citizens.
We provide our pupils opportunities to discover and develop their unique talents.
Read Winford Bilingual Primary School reviews
Winford Bilingual Amsterdam provides a fully immersive, dual-language primary education in the heart of Amsterdam. Our goal is to provide the highest quality bilingual education that prepares your child for life beyond the primary classroom.
Our unique curriculum combines the Dutch and UK curricula with the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and Montessori ideals. Children are immersed in both Dutch and English throughout the entire school day.
Each classroom has a fully qualified English and Dutch speaking teacher. Each teacher speaks their native language to our students, and all subjects are taught in both languages. This helps Winford Bilingual Primary School children develop their communication and comprehension abilities in both Dutch and English.
Read Gifted Minds International School reviews
Gifted Minds International School (GMIS) is the first international school to be located at Hoofddrop that has approximately 2000 sq meters of a former office building with 4 levels ,has been converted to a school learning environment for international students.GMIS has raised the global bar for our students learning to golden international standards with our eclectic teaching approaches and pedagogical practices. Our current research based curriculum that caters to each individual child’s needs.
At GMIS,teachers and students invent,rethink,co-construct and innovate ideas for teaching and learning processes which are combined in excellence with equity for the paradigm of international education.All students and staff at GMIS have meaningful targets and measurable goals to achieve, for the pillar of primary school international education.
Read The British School of Amsterdam reviews
The British School of Amsterdam (BSA) is an international school, situated in Amsterdam, teaching children 3 to 18, from nursery through to Year 13 (Upper Sixth). The school follows the National Curriculum for England leading to IGCSEs and international AS and A Levels. The BSA is the first school in the Netherlands to be accredited by the UK Government as a British School Overseas. The School was re-accredited following an inspection in November 2017. The school has a roll of 930.
The British School of Amsterdam seeks to work with parents to develop inquiring, imaginative, fascinated, knowledgeable and caring young people with an eagerness for knowledge and a sense of value. Together we aim to provide young people with the skills they will need to make informed choices in a moral context throughout the rest of their lives. We are, proudly, a non-selective school with high expectations of all pupils and staff. Our staff are the school's greatest asset; they are professional, caring, committed and work together, whatever their role, to provide the best possible education for the children in our care.
Read Amity International School Amsterdam reviews
Amity International School Amsterdam is a young and vibrant school based in Amstelveen. The school opened in February 2018 and is continuing to grow and flourish.
We pride ourselves in supporting and challenging every student to achieve excellence in their behaviour, academic work, sport, the arts, culture, citizenship, spirituality and relationships. We place particular emphasis on providing the students with opportunities to develop leadership and collaborative skills, as well as finding ways for them all to serve others and contribute to the wider community.
Amity International School Amsterdam is a fully international school with students and staff from 39 different countries. Being such a diverse school allows us to learn from each other and helps your child to gain a better understanding of what it means to be a global citizen and internationally minded.
Read International School Haarlem reviews
The International School Haarlem (ISH), which offers an international curriculum, opened its doors in September 2017. At The International School Haarlem our vision is to develop a community of caring, compassionate, honest, open-minded global citizens who enjoy learning in critical and creative ways. We strive to develop a positive sense of self and engage with our world on a local and global scale.
At ISH our vision is to develop a community of caring, compassionate, honest, open-minded global citizens who enjoy learning in critical and creative ways. We strive to develop a positive sense of self and engage with our world on a local and global scale.
Read The International School of Amsterdam reviews
At The International School of Amsterdam (ISA), we challenge our students to discover themselves and the world around them, inspiring them to become life-long learners. ISA was the first school in the world authorised to teach a complete International Baccalaureate curriculum, which is taught at more than 3,900 schools in over 140 countries.
As an IB World School, ISA offers a curriculum that allows students to benefit from a continuum of education from preschool through high school.
Read The Japanese School of Amsterdam reviews
The Japanese School of Amsterdam (JSA) is a Japanese language school founded in 1969. It is a medium sized school with around 200 students situated in the western part of Amsterdam.
In order to improve communication skills, Dutch and English conversation classes are held from the first grade of elementary school. In addition, in order to enhance local understanding, education exchanges with local schools and off-campus learning are conducted. Through these activities, JSA will improve the international sense of students.
Read International School Almere reviews
International School Almere is a dynamic and growing IB World School located in a beautiful building on the edge of Cascade park in Almere Poort, 25 km east of Amsterdam. It was built using sustainable materials. We offer quality IB programmes in a safe and sustainable environment.
At the International School of Almere we inspire our students to reach their full potential and through them contribute to a better and more peaceful world by striving for academic excellence, intercultural awareness and mutual respect.
We believe in holistic learning, focusing on developing core values such as celebrating diversity, service learning, and a professional culture.
Read International Primary School Almere reviews
At International Primary School Almere (IPS) learning is our core business and International Mindedness is central to our school. Located centrally in The Netherlands, close to Amsterdam, we offer an opportunity for your child to learn and develop with a strong and balanced learning programme.
Within a 25 minute drive from Amsterdam, you will find International Primary School Almere. A diverse, international community of students, parents and educators, forging covenants in learning and teaching for the success of all learners. Our school fully believes and commits itself to integrate individual diversity and cultures.
In a safe and inspiring environment, our students discover the pleasure of learning and are challenged to become real-world citizens.
Other International Schools in Amsterdam
There are 6 other international schools in Amsterdam
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