New schools in Amsterdam improve access to international education
New schools and expansions provide additional international education
When the new school year begins in September 2017, three new schools will open their doors in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area and several more schools will have completed expansions to accommodate more international students. The City of Amsterdam has been working to increase access to international education to meet rising demand as more and more international newcomers settle in Amsterdam. The Delta Plan for International Education is the City’s strategy to alleviate pressure on waiting lists by creating new schools and expanding existing ones.
Since the plan was implemented in 2016, three new schools are set to open – two in Amstelveen and one in Haarlem – along with the expansion of several international schools in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.
New international schools in Amstelveen, Haarlem and Haarlemmermeer
When the new school year commences in September, Florencius primary school will open its international extension, Florencius International School, which has places available for 50 students. At the same time, Amity International School Amsterdam opens in Amstelveen. Initially formed as a primary school for 100 students, it intends to expand into a secondary school and provide education for 500 international students by 2021.
More developments are underway in Haarlem, where the International School Haarlem will open on 4 September. Some places are still available for group 6/7, and once a major renovation of the school’s historic building is completed in January 2018, a total of 120 places will be available.
Optimist International School in Hoofddorp is also preparing to take on 100 primary school students when it opens in January 2018.
Expanding existing international schools
Aside from developing these new schools, the Delta Plan has been instrumental in expanding the current international educational offering. In Almere, the International Primary School and International School Almere will offer 130 new places between them. This mean’s the city’s capacity for international primary school places will increase to 240, with 280 places for international secondary students.
Over the summer, The Amsterdam International Community School will complete an expansion to accommodate 300 extra students by the start of the new school year. The school is also in the process of moving to a larger site in 2020 to expand further. Expansions at International Primary School Hilversum and International School Hilversum will also be carried out during the summer, jointly providing an additional 150 places.