Students are educated from age 4-19 in the European Schools at Nursery (2 years), Primary (5 years) and Secondary level (7 years). Each school has a number of language sections. The European School The Hague currently has three. All students are enrolled in a language section which is usually that of their mother tongue/dominant language or if they have a mother tongue for which there is no language section in the particular school, they are in the language section of their first foreign language (L2).
They start lessons in a second language from Primary 1 (either English, French or German) and must continue with their second language until they complete the Baccalaureate. In the years 4 to 7 of the Secondary cycle, students must also study history and geography and social sciences, if chosen, in their second language.
The students of a European School are obliged to use the foreign language(s) they learn in their everyday life and in communication with fellow students and other members of the school community. This contributes in a significant way to an excellent working knowledge of languages.
As a result, the European Schools, including The European School The Hague, foster a unique multicultural outlook in students which is a great advantage in both Higher Education and in subsequent employment.
Another feature of the schools is that students are required to attain a certain level of academic achievement each year before they can be promoted to the next year.