The European Schools were established in 1957 to educate the children of employees of European Union institutions. Children of these employees are entitled to a place in a European School where they are provided with a multilingual and multicultural education at Early Years, Primary and Secondary levels.
Our school was primarily founded to meet the educational needs of children of employees of Eurojust, Europol, EPO and ESA-ESTECA. Limited places are also available for pupils who qualify for an international education according to the Dutch regulations.
There are 14 traditional European Schools, in six EU countries, which are administered by the European Schools’ Board of Governors in Brussels. There are also 11 accredited European Schools across Europe with more planned in the future. These are national schools that offer the European Schools curriculum. The European School The Hague is an officially Accredited European School, partly administered and financed by the Dutch national education system, and is accredited by the Board of Governors of the European Schools since December 2012. It is also part of the Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation.
As with all European Schools, The European School The Hague is subject to Pedagogical Inspections and Audits by European School inspectors mandated by the General Secretary every three years. ESH has the same structure as other European Schools and the curriculum and evaluation processes are identical, including the final European Baccalaureate examinations.
We are a young school with a European heritage. Currently we provide education to more than 1100 pupils from the Early Years to the Secondary school (Year 6) with an education that can take them further to higher education anywhere in Europe or beyond.
From the moment of enrolment at ESH, we take care to ensure that all children are placed in the most suitable language section for their situation. Besides this we offer mother tongue classes for certain languages and can offer dedicated learning and language support if needed.
The European Schools’ curriculum encapsulates the European nature of our community.
The enthusiastic spirit of our students is apparent in their participation in events and inter-school collaboration; whether it is as a member of a sports team or as a delegate for the Model United Nations or a member in one of the school bands; ESH students are internationally aware, sociable, engaged and openminded.
Located in the international heart of The Hague, our school is conveniently situated in between the city centre and the beach of Scheveningen. Many of our pupils arrive at school by bike or bus and enjoy after-school activities located on site.
We hope that our website gives you a complete impression of the school and our community. Additionally you are most welcome to come and visit us and take a look around.