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The International Parents and Students Support Group
of subsidised international schools in the Netherlands




Dutch schools are divided into public, non-denominational schools , where your child can enroll if you live in the same postal code, schools with a religious orientation and/or schools with a different curriculum such as e.g. Montessori or Dalton, and independant schools. With the exception of a few, all schools are government-funded and are thus paid for via taxes. However, parents will be requested to pay a set fee per year for "extras" such as e.g. outings or special projects. This fee varies from school to school. As you will notice from the above chart, children have to make a choice on the type of secondary education at the age of 12. If children don’t master the Dutch language at this point, there is a risk they end up at a level that doesn’t match their abilities.