About Optimist International School

We are a public international primary school in the Netherlands offering a happy, safe and encouraging learning environment where everyone feels welcome and valued. Surrounded by nature, our location in Hoofddorp (Haarlemmermeer) is 15 minutes from Schiphol Airport and the city of Haarlem, and only 20 minutes from Amsterdam.

Learning is fun, engaging and inspiring!

We make learning visible by providing inquiry-based education and giving children the opportunity to discover and develop their unique talents and learning skills. We embrace each child’s continuous learning journey; ‘Bringing out your child’s inner magic’.

Our language of instruction is English, and our core programme is based on the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Learning guidance is taken from the British National Curriculum (NC) for language and mathematics.

Along with our class teachers and learning support assistants, we also have specialist teachers for additional support in English, Dutch as an additional language (DAL) and physical education (PE). We also offer sport, art, music and dance based extra-curricular activities, and more!

New children welcome

We have availability in all groups for children aged 4 – 11 years. New children are welcomed throughout the academic year. Secondary education can be found nearby.

Curious about our school?

To learn more about Optimist International School, please contact us to make an appointment or arrange a skype call. You can also visit the school during one of our open mornings.