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Schooling & education

Select the right school for your child with information on international primary and secondary schools for English-speaking and bilingual students.

Schools and education in Amsterdam

The Netherlands has a strong, well-balanced education system. Day care is available for very young children, typically from 0 to 4 years old. Some may begin preschool from the age of 2, although this is optional. Children then attend primary school from the age of four, before transferring to secondary school after eight years. The choice of secondary school and type of education will affect the path children take into further and higher education, for example, to attend a university of applied science or research university.

There are international schools throughout the Netherlands, typically promoting an international curriculum taught completely in English. However, an increasing number of newcomers’ classes and international classes (bridge classes) help international arrivals to learn Dutch and settle into the local education system, while some schools are even moving towards bilingual education.

Information about schools

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...