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 Arbitration, Europol, 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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Read HSV International Primary School reviews
Since 1986, the HSV International Primary School has offered mainstream and special education to the international community in The Hague and surrounding areas.
The HSV International Primary School has four locations situated in different parts of The Hague. We offer The International Primary Curriculum, specialist physical education, music and handicraft lessons.
Our schools offer small learning environments providing international education for children from the age of 4 to 11 years old. We aim to foster in all our children a sense of international mindedness; an awe and wonder for other cultures while at the same time retaining a sense of belonging to and pride in their own country and culture.
The Three Little Ships is our International Pre-School for children from the age of 3 and 4 years old. It is an inclusive setting, providing a stimulating play-based learning environment for our children.
Our Lighthouse Special Education offers education in a safe and stimulating environment to children with special needs. We have highly qualified and experienced staff in special needs; including therapists working on-site. Individual programmes are developed for each child personally. Lighthouse offers early intervention and structural, regular integration with an international mainstream school.
Read International School Delft reviews
The International School Delft (ISD) offers children a unique opportunity to experience or continue learning within an international education environment. Our students come from a diverse range of nationalities, cultures and backgrounds and are united by the common goal that their time at ISD will inspire them to learn for bright futures. International School Delft is committed to developing young people who demonstrate integrity, responsibility and optimism in their daily lives.
We will help to develop ethical students who learn how to seek solutions, be innovative and make a difference.
Read International Waldorf School of The Hague reviews
‘ENGAGED TO CREATE A PEACEFUL WORLD’
The International Waldorf School of The Hague is a non-profit international primary school with a distinct educational vision. Our International Waldorf programme is shaped by the following elements; free play, imagination, empathy, engagement, responsibility, sustainability and well-being in our current society. These are combined with personal goals of enquiry, resilience, morality, communication, thoughtfulness, cooperation, respect and adaptability. Opportunities to develop and experience these elements are built into each unit of study.
A Balanced Foundation
The International Waldorf School of The Hague distinguishes itself through the integration of cognitive and artistic education. Children have a natural capacity to wonder and marvel at what they experience. The basis of our educational approach respects that curiosity in all fields. We consider physical education, handicrafts, art and respect for the natural world to be of equal importance to proficiency in mathematics and literacy. Our balanced educational approach addresses learning that occurs with the head, heart and hands.
Start small, stay small-scale
Our school, founded in 2018 has been growing every year with the addition of one to two grade levels per year. In 2023 we expect to have grown to a complete primary school with three Kindergartens and Classes 1-6. Even throughout our growth, the school has and will remain small, with class sizes of 15 children maximum. Due to our small groups we are able to provide sufficient time, space and attention for everyone.
The International Waldorf School of The Hague educates children to become positive, active and engaged global citizens. We do that by aiding each student in his or her development as an independent, free-thinking individual; ready to become an active member of society. We also offer parental support through education. In discussions and lectures, we cover topics specific to our community like how to provide consistency when raising children in constantly changing environments.
The International Waldorf School is affiliated with the Vrije School in The Hague, a collaboration that renders many advantages. Not only are we able to enjoy the wealth of 95 years of experience and expertise but their history enables us to offer our families an extensive social network in the Netherlands.
In addition, due in part to the Liberal Arts approach and the international curriculum, children can easily cross over to education programs provided by international schools in other parts of the world.
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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).
Read Sekola Indonesia Den Haag / Indonesian School of The Hague reviews
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.
Read The British School in The Netherlands reviews
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.
Read Lycée Français Vincent van Gogh reviews
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).
Read American School of The Hague reviews
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.
Read Elckerlyc International School reviews
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.
Read European School The Hague reviews
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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