We are an international public school offering education within an English speaking environment, embedded in a Dutch context. Our school offers two programmes which can be considered as two learning pathways: The International Programme running from group 1 – 7, which prepares for international secondary education starting at the age of 11. And the Dutch Enrichment Programme (DEP), an alternative additional programme for our upper primary running from group 6 – 8.

We collaborate with Haarlemmermeer Lyceum, a bilingual secondary school, along with other International Secondary schools in the area, to ensure a smooth transition for our students to secondary education.

We welcome applications from families from all over the world  who can demonstrate the need for their families to be educated in English thus ensuring continuity in their education.

We provide education in accordance with the framework of the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) whereas we use the British National Curriculum for language and mathematics.

Children qualify for a placement at Optimist International School when:

  • the Student is a non-Dutch passport holder and the parent/legal guardian is temporarily employed in the Netherlands.
  • the Student has a Dutch passport and has lived outside The Netherlands for at least two years.
  • the Student has a Dutch passport and one or more of their parents works within an international organisation where it is believed, in the foreseeable future one or more parents could experience relocation to another country, thereby it is of considerable benefit that the child’s primary education is in English. In these circumstances, the parent should be stationed abroad within two years of admission for at least two years. The date of relocation must be confirmed in writing by the parent’s employer.

Admissions to a Dutch International Schools is subject to one of the conditions above stipulated by Dutch legislations.

First Time Applying?

Existing account?

If you are interested, please send us the completed pre-application form through Open Apply (see above), our admissions portal. Completing the pre-application form is required before requesting a school visit.

Please make sure you familiarize yourself with the Admission Policy before submitting an application – this will include the step-by-step process for applying at OIS.

If you have any questions relating to the admission process, please contact us using the OpenApply portal.

We look forward to meeting your family and introducing you to our school.