Amsterdam’s community school for international pupils

The Amsterdam International Community School (AICS) is getting a new home in Zuidoost. The City of Amsterdam has purchased 18,000 square metres of what currently is the ING headquarters in Zuidoost. The City’s part of the building, affectionately known as the ‘Sand Castle’, will be used for the school, which will be called AICS South East, as well as for 340 new apartments.

Two moves

AICS currently has around 100 students in primary and secondary school but is expected to grow to a primary and secondary school with two classes in each year within the coming two years. January 2019 will see the start of the construction of a new school building in Darlingstraat – also in the south-eastern part of town – where the school is expected to move in autumn 2019. Completion of the ‘Sand Castle’ renovation is expected between late 2022 and 2023.

International, Dutch and bilingual curricula

Meanwhile, the International School Wassenaar – Rijnlands Lyceum (thus the new school’s official name) will be closely connected to the existing Dutch school, meaning international pupils can follow an international curriculum, yet study in the context of a regular Dutch secondary school, which, it is hoped, will encourage integration. The new school will offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP). Rijnlands Lyceum Wassenaar is a Dutch secondary school that is part of the Rijnlands Lyceum group of schools – the biggest provider of international education in the Netherlands. The school has provided bilingual education for many years. The school opens in September 2019 and an open morning takes place on Saturday, 26 January 2019.