Some families stay for a couple of years and either move back home, or transfer to another foreign country; others stay longer, perhaps owning their own business in the Netherlands, or working on a local contract wishing to establish themselves in the Netherlands more permanently. Some of our students are Dutch passport holders, who either returned with their families to the Netherlands from living abroad, or children with one non-Dutch parent. Overall, our student population is widely diverse and it isn’t uncommon for a student population in a single school to have over 50 home languages.

Cultural Competence and International Mindedness

At Dutch International Schools, we pride ourselves in our awareness, understanding and acceptance of other cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. We also know that our own culture, background and beliefs play an important part in how we perceive others. We respect others, acknowledging that we are all equal yet can be very different. We respect each other’s opinions, even if we don’t share them and we embrace diversity, recognising that all perspectives are valuable and have something to offer.

Our Community

For families new to the Netherlands a Dutch International School serves as an anchor in their new country. That is why most schools have an active parent support group, ready to welcome new families into the school community. As everyone has been the new parent at some point in their journey, they are all experts in accepting new families, making them feel they belong. Parent groups enjoy activities and outings together and are encouraged by the schools to organise themselves, serving the school and wider community.

Connecting to the local community

Besides connecting with the other students within the schools, a connection to the Dutch community is of great importance. Integration is a priority for us. Unlike the more luxurious private international schools, we offer a more realistic arrangement. That is why you will find that Dutch International Schools quite often share sports and other facilities with local schools and that the school playground is open for local children to use after the school day has ended.

You will also find that sports competitions in the Netherlands aren’t arranged by schools. Students are therefore encouraged to join local sports clubs, scout troupes or an after school music club.