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Dear Annebet,

My 10 years old girl and I are moving to Amsterdam in about two months. We are Portuguese and she currently has a Basic/Intermediate English level.
I was wondering what would be the best school option for her since the international schools are either too expensive or have impossible waiting lists.

Regarding the Dutch school system, I read that there's a newcomers group possibility. Do you know in what their program consists on? Is it only plain Dutch? I'm afraid she'll be falling one year behind. When she's reintroduced to the "normal" Dutch system, she'll be one year behind, won't she?
Will she need to take the CITO exams? I've read that kids that have been on Dutch system for less than 4 years don't need to take them.

I'd appreciate some guidance.

Thank you for your attention.
Best regards,

by Rita on 25 Mar 2017
Annebet van Mameren

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Dear Rita,

Thank you for your questions.
If you would choose for the newcomer class, your daughter will not lose a year. After her Dutch program she will be able to join the class of children her age.

Indeed children who have lived less than 4 years in the Netherlands won't need to take part in the end test (Cito or other). The teacher of group 8 will give a recommendation, based on which she can go to a secondary school. If her level of Dutch isn't very good by then, but the other subjects are, she could go to a 'kopklas' to prepare for a higher level of secondary education.

If you decide for a subsidised international school, then you would have to look for schools outside of Amsterdam: Utrecht, Haarlem (new), Hoofddorp (new), Hilversum, Almere. They all have subsidised international schools that usually do have availability.

Good luck and best wishes,
Annebet van Mameren

by Annebet van Mameren on 27 Mar 2017

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