The language of instruction is English, however, our students’ home languages play an important role in everyday life at school too. Dutch Language Acquisition is part of the curriculum in all Dutch International Schools with the aim to enable students to particpate in Dutch society. By teaching in English and offering an internationally recognised curriculum, students can continue their educational journey anywhere in the world.

Ownership of teaching and learning

In Dutch International Schools students have voice, choice and ownership of their learning. Teachers and students are partners in a learning journey that starts with the individual student. If students and teachers are autonomous, they are engaged and motivated to drive their teaching and learning. We provide our students with the skills to investigate, reflect, communicate and take care of themselves and others. For the partnership between teachers and students to work, teachers need agency and imagination. They are supported to (further) develop their skills and talents, enabling them to build a program that appropriately supports our students.

We start from this idea that the student owns the learning because they are the genesis of it and then the professionals build on that. And that requires a certain amount of teacher agency and imagination. That is something that’s baked into the core of the teachers, that they believe that this is the way that education should be run. But they also have the skills, the talents and the resources to be able to build a program that supports that student appropriately and they are properly networked and resourced. At DIS we foster lifelong learning.


The DIS are delivering one of the following recognised international curricula: