International Schools in The Hague

The Hague is the city with the highest concentration of international schools in the Netherlands. You’ll also find an excellent selection of English-speaking playschools (peuterspeelzalen), day care facilities (kinderdagverblijven), and after school care (buitenschoolse opvang) options. Below we have outlined the main primary and secondary schools for expat children in The Hague.

Are you about to move to the Netherlands and are you still trying to get to grips with the Dutch school system? In this blog you’ll find a broad strokes overview of education in the Netherlands.

Primary Schools

Primary school education in the Netherlands begins at age four. However, it is not until the age of five that it becomes compulsory. Primary school then continues until children are 11 or 12 years old. Private international schools mainly deliver their curriculum in English, while so-called Foreign National Schools, such as the French and German schools, use their native tongue. Now it is time to mention some of the schools that we think expats might be interested in knowing more about. As mentioned before all these schools are based in and around The Hague and are easily accessible by car or public transportation:

Secondary Schools

(International) secondary school education in the Netherlands runs from age 12 until age 18. The first four years typically work to prepare students for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP). After that paths can vary depending on the school and school type. Below you’ll find some highly recommended secondary schools in The Hague: