Best International Schools in Amsterdam

Here are some of the international schools that make learning in Amsterdam worthwhile.

Amsterdam is well known for its beautiful houses, canals and waterways, cycling, and fine coffee shops. It is also the capital of the Netherlands, with a population of 2.4 million in the metropolitan area and 850,000 on the outskirts.

Cycling is huge while in Amsterdam, no wonder the fun fact, “there are more bikes than people.” Public transport is very convenient and comprises trains, trams, buses, metro, and the ferry.

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The city provides a welcoming and family-friendly environment given the hundreds of playgrounds and children friendly cafes. The Dutch are known for their top position in world happiness index rankings, and their culture embraces traditional family values, shared respect, and good child upbringings.

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Not many are aware of the beaches Sloterplas, Strand Zuid, and Dok surrounding the periphery. Here are some of the international schools that make learning in Amsterdam worthwhile.

1. Amsterdam International Community School

AICS is a Dutch subsidized international school offering primary and secondary learning in English.

The school is spread across 3 campuses Main, Satellite, and Southeast which offer similar teaching experiences. AICS runs on a philosophy of community-based international learning and is part of the Esprit Scholengroep group of schools.

AICS is a member of the Dutch International Primary and Secondary Schools (DIPS and DISS) which looks out for the wellbeing of foreign nationalities temporarily studying in the Netherlands, as well as Dutch students who want to be educated in an international school.

As an IB World School, and relies on its membership with the European Council of International Schools and the Council of International Schools to maintain the highest quality standards. To create an all-rounded students AICS offers students options on performing arts, physical and health education, swimming, music, ice skating, and much more.


2. The British School of Amsterdam

The British School of Amsterdam is a UK-accredited co-ed offering the National Curriculum of England - GCSE and A levels. The school boasts a strong teacher to pupil ratio and places emphasis on literacy and numeracy.

BSA admission policy is non-selective and is spread across Early Years school, Infant school, Junior & senior schools. Students have an opportunity to learn Spanish, French, Dutch, and German.

3. International School of Amsterdam 

ISA is a leading private international school in Amsterdam that was the first school to offer an International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum which covers its Primary Years (3-11), the Middle Years (11-16) and the Diploma Years programmes (16-18). Children can benefit from academically oriented extracurricular activities, extracurricular activities, and athletics.

The school offers internationally accredited programmes from ages two to eighteen with diverse learning styles and a student-centric curriculum. ISA forms part of the history of Amsterdam, from the post-war world to its late 20th-century history.


4. Amity International School

Amity International School is a leading learning institution in Amsterdam. Amity is the only school authorized by International Baccalaureate (IB) to run Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), Diploma Programme (DP) and a Career-related Programme (CP).

Amity is located in Amstelveen and surrounded by excellent green spaces. Amity is part of the Amity Education Group hosting over 150,000 students worldwide on campuses spread across London, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, New York, California, Singapore, India, China, Romania, etc. Amity stresses on science & technology and exceptional school infrastructure.

Children aged 4-12 can participate in the Summer camp in an engaging and stimulating environment. The institution provides a wide range of co-curricular activities from sports, dance, arts, baking, education, and music.

 5. Winford Billingual Primary School

 Winford offers a dual-language, fully immersive primary education curriculum in the heart of Amsterdam.

The school provides high-quality learning expertise that extends beyond the classroom. Winford combines both Dutch and UK curricula in accordance with the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and Montessori principles.

Each classroom has a dutch and English speaker guaranteeing firm comprehension in Dutch and English.

6. Florencius International School (FIS) Amsterdam

Florencius International School sprang from the Dutch Florencius School located in Amstelveen.

FIS teaches age groups between 4 and 12 while maintaining a 1:8 ratio between teacher and student. Students learn in a villa-like campus South of Amsterdam surrounded by a serene environment.

7. International School Utrecht  

International School Utrecht is located West of the Utrecht city center, in Transwijk.

The main campus is at Van Bijnkershoeklaan 8. As an IB World school, it offers a comprehensive IB programme curriculum for students between the ages of 4 to 18 coming from different backgrounds. Utrecht offers international education in English and aspires to nurture global citizens.

As a member of Dutch International Schools, the institution remains in close network with other Dutch International schools in the Netherlands.

8. The Japanese School of Amsterdam 

The Japanese school of Amsterdam is located in West Amsterdam surrounded by Rembrandt Park to the East and Slaughterplus Lake on the West.

The school dates back to 1969 when it began as a Japanese language school. Other languages offered are English and Dutch conversational classes. The institution welcomes students aged 6 to 16 years.

9. International Primary School Almere

Almere is a 25-minute drive from Amsterdam at Almere which forms a stretch o the North Sea Coast. The place is ideal for increased housing options, international schools, and accessible transport. IPSAlmere offers the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Video

10. De Nieuwe Internationale School van Esprit

De Nieuwe Internationale School van Esprit (DENISE) offers international education of high standards to its citizens. DENISE offers students both Dutch and English language programs in line with the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). DENISE began with its primary school program in 2014 and now welcomes ages 4 to 18. The school works closely with its fellow Espirit schools, Europaschool network, and the Amsterdam International Community Schools.

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