Top 10 Best International Schools in The Hague, Netherlands

Top 10 Best International Schools in The Hague, Netherlands

International Schools in The Hague

There are 14 international schools in The Hague with a variety of curricula including 2 British schools, 1 American school and 5 IB schools.

The Hague, often referred to as The International City of Peace and Justice, is a multicultural city with four centuries of international integration resulting in less than half of its population, of around 540,000, being Dutch nationals.  In spite of Amsterdam being the official capital of The Netherlands, The Hague is the official seat of the Dutch government and home to the Dutch Royal Family, parliament and supreme court.  Most of the foreign embassies in the Netherlands are located here, in addition to some large international companies, the main judicial arm of the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, the Permanent Court of ArbitrationEuropol, and approximately 200 other international governmental organisations.  The Hague is rich in art, history and culture including unique museums and impressive architecture.  It is also home to a huge variety of excellent restaurants and cafés with food from all over the world.  Indonesian food and seafood are particularly popular.  The Hague is a great place for families with 11km of coastline and one third of the city being green space.  There are plenty of wide, sandy beaches, parks, woodlands, playgrounds and places to visit for children of all ages.  The Hague is also a relatively small city and easy to get around using public transport or by bike. There are cycle paths everywhere so most destinations can be reached within 20 minutes.  Cycling from one end of the city to the other takes around 45 minutes. 

The adjoining areas of Archipelbuurt and Willemspark are green, leafy and affluent area located to the north of the Centrum district and bordering the Scheveningse Bosjes.  The housing here is a mixture of 19th-century villas, many of which are used by embassies and offices, and newer apartments.  It is home to the HSV International and Dutch Primary School - NSL Location.

Haagse Hout is the area around the Haagse Bos situated to the northeast of the city centre.  On the northern side of the Haagse Bos is the area of Benoordenhout.  This is a luxurious and expensive neighborhood with large family homes convenient for the HSV International Primary School - VNS Location.  On the southern side and just behind the main train station is the area of Bezuidenhout, a popular family area with lovely playgrounds, quiet side streets and plenty of family housing.  This area is home to the Lighthouse Special Education School and the HSV International Primary Schools - VHS and KSS Locations.

To the north of the city is the coastal town of Scheveningen, the most popular seaside town in Holland.  To the north of this district is the leafy, green neighbourhood of Belgisch Park.  Surrounded by beaches, parkland and forest and with plenty of housing suitable for families, this popular area is home to the International Waldorf School of The Hague.  To the south of the district is the neighbourhood of Statenkwartier, a smart, international area that is very popular with families.  There are plenty of excellent shops, restaurants and cafés here and it is close to the beach and bordering onto the Scheveninose bosjes but still only a 15-20 minute journey into the city by bike or public transport.  This area is convenient for the German International School of The Hague and Lycée Français Vincent van Gogh.

Just to the south of Statenkwartier is the neighbourhood of Duinoord, belonging to the district of Segbroek.  This attractive neighbourhood is characterised by it large, well preserved, townhouses dating back to the turn of the 20th Century and is less than 20 minutes by bike or public transport to the beach or the city centre.  This area is convenient for the European School  The Hague.

The southern seaside resorts of Kijkduin and Ockenburgh, part of the Loosduinen district, are quieter than Scheviningen, surrounded by parks and green spaces and very popular with families.  This area is home to the International School The Hague.

Around 20-30 minutes to the northeast of city by public transport, car or bike, is the affluent town of Wassenaar, home to the King of the Netherlands and his family.  This picturesque little town has a wealth of excellent shops, cafés and restaurants and is close to the sea and surrounded by countryside interspersed with a few amusement parks and golfs clubs.  This area is convenient for the International School Wassenaar, the Indonesian School of The Hague, The British School in The Netherlands and the American School of The Hague.

Another 20-30 minutes further northeast is the well preserved, historic university town of Leiden.  Leiden is a creative, lively town with a rich, intellectual and artistic history and plenty to see and do only 25-30 minutes from The Hague by train.  Lieden is convenient for Elckerlyc International School and International School Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest.

In between Rotterdam and The Hague is the beautiful, historic town of Delft, only 10 minutes to Rotterdam or 15 to The Hague by train.  This town is particularly popular with young families who are looking for more spacious housing and a safer, quieter area surrounded by nature yet within easy access of the cities.  Delft is sometimes described as Amsterdam in miniature because of its architecture, canals and abundance of restaurants, bars and café.  It is also home to the highly regarded Delft University of Technology.


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HSV Den Haag 

5.0 from 7 reviews
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Curriculum:International, Dutch Primary Language:English
Age Range:4 to 11 Max Class Size:20

The Haagsche Schoolvereeniging (HSV) International Primary School operates four locations situated in different areas of The Hague. Across the different locations, HSV educates more than 500 pupils from more than 50 different countries. At HSV we believe that we have to do the best we can to promote global citizenship and skills for our students that they will need for lifelong learning. Primary education through our schools intends to give students a firm base and growth of competencies that allows them to develop the skills that they will need throughout their lives. Everybody has the right to become an independent thinker and problem solver on his or her own level, in order to meet the challenges faced within broader society. We aim to create safe environments where our pupils are able to learn as much as they can.

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International School The Hague 

5.0 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:International, IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:4 to 16

At The International School of The Hague (ISH), we are very proud of the quality of education that we provide for the students of all ages and nationalities. ISH can proudly say that it is a true International School with 1900 students on roll from over 85 nationalities. Our mission statement reflects this; Curious, Connected and Compassionate and we aim to inspire personal excellence in our strong and diverse community. ISH has been serving the community of The Hague for many years. We joined the Primary and Secondary schools together when we moved to our current Kijkduin campus in the south of the city. The Primary School prides itself on being the first school in the world to be awarded ‘Mastering’ in the accreditation of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) in 2009. In 2013, we were also awarded ‘Re-mastering’, another wonderful achievement. The Secondary School follows the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-Related Programme (CP) and our results at both MYP and DP are above the world average. For CP our first students will graduate in 2019. The Secondary School is also accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS). The International School of The Hague is also a member of the Rijnlands Lyceum group of schools, a non-profit educational foundation that has schools in the local and surrounding area in Sassenheim, Oegstgeest and Wassenaar. In The Hague we have also the Eerste Nederlands Montessori School (ENMS) and The European School (ESH).

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Elckerlyc International School 

4.4 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:International Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 12

Elckerlyc International School is a member of The Dutch International Primary Schools (DIPS). This means that our school offers international education embedded in a Dutch context; as such we operate within the framework of the Dutch educational system, unlike private international and foreign educational facilities. As we are partly funded by the Dutch government, we can ensure that education at our school remains affordable for expat families. At Elckerlyc, we believe education is much more than numeracy and literacy. It is also about responsibility, dealing with your own and other peoples’ emotions, respect and  communication. 

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Sekola Indonesia Den Haag / Indonesian School of The Hague  

4.2 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:Indonesian Primary Language:English
Age Range:6 to 17

The Indonesian School of The Hague / Sekola Indonesia Den Haag (SIDH) in Wassenaar is designed to provide education services that bring together the various human intelligences: intellectual, emotional and spiritual; that’s why we positively expect that our graduates  will be intellectually as well as emotionally and spiritually smart. The services are aimed at Indonesian children at the age of 6 to 17 living in The Netherlands and Europe. There is a dormitory designated for students coming from outside The Netherlands or living far away from Wassenaar. SIDH Wassenaar also caters for distance learning programme for Primary Education for those who live farther than 250 km or more from Sekola Indonesia Den Haag. Due to the international nature of our environment, the main languages used are English and Indonesian, added with excellent Dutch, French and German language lessons.

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The British School in The Netherlands 

4.2 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:English,IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18

The British School in The Netherlands (BSN) is n international school for girls and boys aged 3-18 and is a thriving community of 80+ nationalities. We encourage high aspirations and challenge our students – supporting them as they learn and grow into confident individuals. We offer a British and international curriculum, with General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examinations and four pathways from the age of 16 - A Levels, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, the International Baccalaureate Career Programme and BTEC qualifications. Our students go on to study at universities all over the world.

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European School The Hague 

4.2 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:European Baccalaureate Primary Language:English
Age Range:4 to 18

The European School in The Hague (ESH) was primarily founded to meet the educational needs of children of employees of Eurojust, Europol, EPO and ESA-ESTECA. Limited places are also available for pupils who qualify for an international education according to the Dutch regulations. ESH is an officially Accredited European School providing an education to more than 1100 pupils from the Early Years to the Secondary school (Year 6) with an education that can take them further to higher education anywhere in Europe or beyond. From the moment of enrolment at European School in The Hague, we take care to ensure that all children are placed in the most suitable language section for their situation. Besides this we offer mother tongue classes for certain languages and can offer dedicated learning and language support if needed.

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American School of The Hague 

3.8 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:American Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18

American School of The Hague (ASH) is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and offers both the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate(IB) programs. Our school is a truly diverse and international learning environment with over 1,200 students aged 3 - 18, from nearly 80 different nationalities, including 28% American and 14% Dutch. From our campuses in Wassenaar, a family friendly community between The Hague and Leiden, American School of The Hague is the area’s flagship school for a learner-centered, American curriculum modified for the needs of the school's international student and parent population. As an inclusive school, ASH offers enrichment and learning support programs for students with learning differences, as well as a special education program for students with special needs. Learn more about the #ASHexperience on our website.

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German International School of The Hague 

3.4 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:German, German IB (DIAP) Primary Language:German
Age Range:3 to 18

The German International School The Hague (DiSDH) is an independent private school, which belongs to the worldwide network of 140 German schools abroad. Internationality is a natural part of our everyday school life and therefore the learning world of children from the beginning. DiSDH offers a demanding, varied curriculum, state-of-the-art teaching methods and an individual support program for each student. In addition to high quality teaching, we foster an environment in which our students can develop optimally.  It is essential to have family-like relationships with each other and within our strong school community, which is jointly designed by students, teachers and parents.

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Lycée Français Vincent van Gogh 

3.2 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:French Primary Language:French
Age Range:3 to 17

The Lycée Français Vincent van Gogh High School in The Hague is a school that is part of the network of the AEFE (direct management). The lessons are in accordance with the schedules, instructions and official programs of the French Ministry of National Education.  It prepares students for French secondary school exams (brevet, baccalauréat).

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International School Wassenaar 

2.4 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:IB Primary Language:English, Dutch
Age Range:11 to 16

The International School Wassenaar is part of Rijnlands Lyceum Wassenaar (RLW). Established in 1936, RLW prepares students for university and higher vocational education. RLW is one of the founding bilingual education schools in The Netherlands. Nestled in a picturesque setting in the heart of leafy Wassenaar, within touching distance of The Hague and Leiden, RLW delivers a first class secondary education through high standards and excellence in teaching. Our school of 800 students is small enough to ensure that each child is well-known and appreciated for who they are in a warm, safe and supportive environment. Our size allows us to get to know each child’s unique background and personality including their individual goals.

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