The International School Groningen aims to provide a top-quality individualised education through internationally recognised curricula to young people between the age of 11 and 18. The school stimulates academic success, supporting its students to become lifelong learners, building on the skills and qualities of the International Baccalaureate programmes.
Primary and secondary international schools in the Netherlands can be both publicly and privately funded.
They are subsidized by the Ministry of Education, and they offer education in English within the Dutch educational system. However, within this framework, primary international schools’ curricula may be based on any one of three programs:
- the British Curriculum for Primary Schools
- the International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
- the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP)
Private schools can follow curricula from the country of origin. In public secondary international schools, students are prepared either for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) or the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP).
Students who finish this stage can then start the two-year International Baccalaureate (IB). Students are qualified for the higher education programs upon obtaining their IB diploma,
International schools in the Northern Netherlands
For primary and secondary schools in other regions of the Netherlands (and a number of other countries), please visit International Schools Global.
ISK – International Transition Class
The ISK is a good option for internationals who are coming long-term to the Netherlands together with their families, and whose children do not speak Dutch. ISK can be translated as International Transition Class. The ISK offers education to students between the ages of 12 and 18 years old who have little or no knowledge of the Dutch language.
Their program is focused on learning the Dutch language and integrating into Dutch society, but students also follow mathematics, English, biology, care, physical development, visual arts, and drama courses.
Academic staff are trained in teaching students who have little or no knowledge of Dutch; they are also constantly schooled in aspects relating to the cultural background of the students.
The classes have an average of 15 students. Each class has a mentor who will keep track of the students’ progress and make recommendations accordingly.
Students from the ISK need an average of two years before transitioning into the regular Dutch education system. Based on the results of the program and the input of the ISK team, the latter (together with the dean) will give advice with regards to further educational possibilities (MBO, VMBO, HAVO, VWO) once the program has been concluded.
ISK schools in the Northern Netherlands:
ISK Heerenveen (from August 2023 onward)
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The GSV is a regional primary school with a Bilingual and an International Department. In our Bilingual Department we provide lessons in both English and Dutch, while in our International Department the children are taught in English. The GSV is a private, non-denominational school located in Groningen-South in the neighbourhood Helpman with the International department […]