Ten years ago, a growing number of international students at the Berlage Lyceum in Amsterdam were following the bilingual education programme even though they only spoke English. Sylvia Visser, principal of the Berlage Lyceum, realised these students needed a more international learning programme in English and applied for a licence to set up such a school.
The AICS grew, and in 2004 they merged with the Europaschool and acquired a licence for a Dutch international primary school. Most of their growth has been organic yet carefully planned with just a few classes being added each year.
The AICS offers the international primary curriculum (IPC), a middle years programme (IB MYP) and a diploma programme (IB DP) of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO). They are accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and evaluated by the Dutch Inspectorate. They have an international orientation but a "local heart", and work to actively participate in and with the surrounding community. Being partly sponsored by the Dutch government, they provide an affordable international education with a Dutch flavour that is open to all internationally mobile students.
The anniversary festivities will include a commemorative exhibition and the unveiling of a ''larger-than-life" I amsterdam bench in the school grounds. AICS has their sights set on further expansion with plans to move to a brand new purpose-built location in Amsterdam's Zuidas within the next three to four years.
If you have any questions or would like more information on the AICS 10th anniversary celebrations, please contact Mrs Jenni Iyoyo by email or telephone at +31 (0)20 577 1241.