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Dutch education system

The Netherlands is renowned for having a strong, well-balanced education system. From age three or four, children go to primary school for eight years and then transfer to secondary school. Find out more about the Dutch education system, branches of secondary education, what types of schools are in Amsterdam, plus tips on selecting a primary school for your child.


Education & schooling in Amsterdam

Find the right school

The School Finder is a website with information about every school in Amsterdam, at preschool, primary and secondary levels.

International schools

The Netherlands is renowned for having a strong, well-balanced education system. This is further bolstered by a host of options for international scho...

Primary school

In the Netherlands, children go to primary school (basisschool) from the age of three or four. It is important to register a child with the school of ...

Secondary School

After group 8, the final year of primary school, pupils leave primary school (basisschool) for secondary school (middelbare scholen) for secondary edu...

Higher education

Whether you have your heart set on a PhD, or prefer a more hands-on approach, you’re on your way to following in a long tradition of academic excellen...