Public and private schooling in Amsterdam
There are two types of international school: independent international schools (private schools) and those partially funded by the government or municipality (public/private schools). The latter, called community schools, place a lot of emphasis on connecting with Dutch society. This includes Dutch language lessons and activities to promote integration. Many international schools that focus on education in English follow the standardised International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes, meaning students can receive an internationally recognised education and easily transfer to other international schools around the world.
All schools listed below are happy to explain their education options in person, by phone or online – they recommend visiting where possible so that you can get a complete sense of their facilities and offerings. Also be sure to read their entry requirements carefully. Entry to some schools requires that at least one parent holds a foreign passport.
International schools in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (alphabetical)
Amsterdam International Community School
The Amsterdam International Community School (AICS) is a member of the group of Dutch International Primary and Secondary Schools. The AICS caters for students with foreign nationalities who will only be spending a few years in the Netherlands, as well as Dutch students who need to be educated in an international school to ensure continuity of education. The main language of instruction at AICS is English. (public/private)
Languages: English & Dutch (primary school); English, Dutch, Spanish & French (secondary school)
Address: Prinses Irenestraat 59, 1077 WV Amsterdam
This school offers a bilingual education with a major focus on multicultural integration and international outlook. As such, half of the classes are taught in English, the other half in Dutch. Lessons are supplemented with international travel.
Address: Pieter Lodewijk Takstraat 33-34, 1073 KJ Amsterdam
Website: www.berlage.espritscholen.nl (website only in Dutch)
British School of Amsterdam
The British School of Amsterdam is an independent co-educational non-profit day school, providing world class learning for children from 3 to 18 years. There are opportunities for leadership, a varied sports programme, a wide range of extra curricular clubs and European field trips are used as opportunities to enrich all the students' lives. (private)
Languages: English, Dutch, Spanish & German – Mandarin and Japanese as extracurricular activities.
Address: Anthonie van Dijkstraat 1a, 1077 ME Amsterdam
European School Bergen
The European School Bergen seeks to promote high academic standards in an atmosphere of mutual respect and tolerance, giving pupils confidence in their own cultural identity as a basis for their development as European citizens. With this in mind, the school offers multi-language education for nursery, primary and secondary school by native speakers in English, French and Dutch. Their EU curriculum equivalence makes it easy for students to transfer to national schools in other EU member states. Languages: Beyond the 3 base languages, children can typically be taught in their native language for many of the official languages of the European Union.
Address: Molenweidtje 5, 1862 BC Bergen
Florencius International School
In September 2017, Florencius International (Primary) School will open its doors on the premises of the Dutch Florencius School in Amstelveen. Children aged 5–12 with an international background are welcome to follow an international education. The new school works in small groups, with one professional assigned to eight children at most, paying close attention to each pupil individually by focusing on their personal identity and talents. Florencius International School offers the International Primary Curriculum to help pupils develop into self-confident global citizens. Languages: English and Dutch (as a second language).
Address: De Savornin Lohmanlaan 2, 1181 XM Amstelveen
Gifted Minds International School
This international school located in Hoofddorp, close to Schiphol airport, celebrates the individual talents and gifts of its students. The inquiry-based approach to education teaches students to think creatively, invent, rethink and co-construct while developing their skills. Languages: English with Dutch and/or French taught as a second language.
Address: Opaallaan 1190-1196, 2132 LN Hoofddorp
iDealFuture Chinese International Community School
This non-profit organisation is dedicated to providing an inspiring learning environment for students in the local community to learn the Chinese language (and about Chinese culture). It caters for the needs of native Chinese speaking students who temporarily live in the Netherlands, ensuring the continuity of their Chinese education. Non-Chinese students can also attend their Chinese language courses.
Address: Prinses Irenestraat 21, 1077 WM Amsterdam
International School Almere
The International School Almere was founded on 10 July 2002. The school is an official IB World School with an authorised IB Middle Years and IB Diploma Programme. It is a small school that attracts expats and internationally mobile students in the wider Almere region.
Languages: English, Spanish, Latin, French & Dutch (other languages may be possible)
Address: Heliumweg 61, 1362 JA Almere
International School Amsterdam (ISA)
The International School of Amsterdam is an established leader in education for international understanding. Its programme is designed for today’s global student and is firmly grounded on the International Baccalaureate’s three programmes – the Primary Years, the Middle Years and the Diploma Years programmes.
Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Japanese & Spanish. ISA facilitates native and second language instruction on a private tuition basis in a variety of other languages
Address: Sportlaan 45, 1185 TB Amstelveen
International School Hilversum
The International School Hilversum 'Alberdingk Thijm' is a long standing, highly experienced IB World School. It offers three programmes and caters for all ages from 4 to 19 years.
Address: Emmastraat 56, 1213 AL Hilversum
International Primary School Almere
IPS is an international (English-speaking) department within a Dutch Public School, creating a diverse international community of students, parents and educators. The school is fully committed to integration and celebrates diversity and different cultures.
Languages: English & Dutch (as a second language)
Address: A. Roland Holststraat 58, 1321 RX Almere
The Japanese School of Amsterdam
This Japanese school is supported by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Japanese government. Its focus is on the elementary and junior high school levels, providing a comprehensive Japanese education that is supplemented by English and Dutch lessons. (private)
Languages: Japanese (English & Dutch lessons during primary school)
Address: Karel Klinkenbergstraat 137, 1061 AL Amsterdam
Lycée Français Vincent van Gogh
The Lycée Français Vincent van Gogh's curriculum is based on the official French programme, as defined by the French Ministry of National Education. Pre-school begins at the age of 3, while children aged 6 to 11 years transition into five levels of elementary education.
Languages: French is the primary language in the school, with lessons in Dutch and English.
Address: Rustenburgerstraat 246, 1073 GK Amsterdam
Foundation for International Education in the Netherlands
(Stichting Internationaal Onderwijs)
Offers a listing of all international departments in Dutch schools, as well as all independent international schools in the Netherlands.
Website: Stichting Internationaal Onderwijs