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The Dutch education system is very different to that of many other countries, and you may be struggling to find the right school. New2nl helps you or your employees navigate the system with confidence.


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Hi, my husband recently got a job in the Netherlands and has already left home to work there. We found a rental house in Breda because it is close to the International School and have signed a years lease. Upon enquiring to enrol the children in the school I'm told my son can go but the class for my daughter (MYP5) is full for the year! I have no idea what to do now as she does not speak Dutch and her whole education has been in English. We arrive in November and I am at a total loss. I don't know if I should try homeschooling (but I don't know if it's illegal in the Netherlands). Are there any online schools that she can attend from home? Any advice or guidance you can give would be tremendously appreciated. I'm not sure if any local Dutch schools will accept her based on the fact she can't speak Dutch yet.

by Angela on 14 Sep 2016 Read Answer

There is a possibility that our family, US Citizens, will move to the Netherlands. We have two children who are distance learners with an accredited school online and have student ID cards and school transcripts/records - Texas Tech University ISD, we do this currently as we live in the UK and are keeping our children on course with the state of Texas curriculum for when we eventually return to the states. My question is I am seeing that home education is illegal in the Netherlands but since they are distance learners with an accredited school with a curriculum to follow would this be allowed?
Thank you in advance,

by Jennifer on 26 Aug 2016 Read Answer

My name is Aleksandra Wyderka. I'm from Poland, and I'm looking for a job. In Poland I was a language teacher. I wanna ask about a work in this way. Teaching is for me very special. I really love it. Please, can you help me with getting perfect work?
Thank you for your reply.

by Aleksandra on 16 Aug 2016 Read Answer
Marlene Connelly

My family is moving to the Amsterdam area in September. We thought we would be able to enter our son, 17 going into 12th grade, into an International school, but are learning that the schools are not accepting applications for the coming school year. What are our options for my son's senior year of high school. He very much wanted to go to an International school and my husbands company is paying for the schooling.
Thank you,
Marlene Connelly

by Marlene Connelly on 30 Jun 2016 Read Answer


We are currently trying to move in Heemskerk Netherlands.
I have 2 children. They are currently 12 years and 10 years.
They used to live in UK for last 10 years. But they can not speak Dutch at all.
However we would like to apply local school. Where should we contact to get advice on enrollment to school?

by Eui on 13 Jun 2016 Read Answer

I'm 17 years old and we are moving to the Netherlands and I am supposed to attend a language class first then a local Dutch school. What are my opportunities in high school as the Dutch educational system is different. I am not sure what my options are. Can you help?

by Rowida on 09 Jun 2016 Read Answer


I have a 5-year-old daughter who I suspect has high functioning autism. She is highly intelligent but gets overwhelmed by noise and therefore it is difficult for her to participate in school. We were told in 2014 by her school they cater to special need children. For a year I was trying to get them to give my daughter extra help. Three months ago they finally allowed a helper to work one on one with her for an afternoon on Mondays. The teachers, the helper, and I have seen progress but according to the teachers and helper it's not enough. They believe a special education school will be better. I would like to know the laws on how mainstream schools are required to handle children with special needs. One of the reasons I chose this school was because without even asking we were told they cater to children with special needs. If she is showing progress in three months despite if she has good days and bad do they have a right to stop the help and say it's not enough? Is that considered doing the best they can by law?

by Melissa on 01 Jun 2016 Read Answer
Dr Deborah Eid

Dear Annebet,
I am a dentist (20 years practising) in Johannesburg, South Africa. I want to emigrate to NL.
I do not know how the schooling system in NL works.
I have a 16yr old son who is currently in grade 10 in a very good private school here, where he is doing academically very well.
What are the options to put him into an English-medium school, at the relevant grade? Approximately how much will the fees be, and how do school terms work?

Many thanks

by Dr Deborah Eid on 30 May 2016 Read Answer

We have twins that will be 3 this December and have just been advised that we will be relocated to Amsterdam at the end of the summer. Neither parents speak Dutch. We are deeply concerned at not totally disrupting their lives. As such, we wish to find a full time creche and primary school and chose our home on that basis. What options do we have available in terms of ensuring the easiest transition for them?

by DECA on 15 May 2016 Read Answer


My family may be moving to the Amsterdam in August, where my husband will be working. We are American and have 2 boys that will be coming with us. Ages 10 and 12. I'm a bit overwhelmed with the education options and we are not quite sure that the company will pay for school. Please help me understand what the options are for my non-Dutch speaking children and the general cost of each option. The younger is ADHD and I'm not sure how well he will adapt. We were told that choosing a place to live should be secondary to choosing a school for the boys. Any advice you can provide would be very helpful.

Thank you

by Mandi on 12 May 2016 Read Answer

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