The European Schools were created in 1953 to facilitate the mobility of European civil servants. The schools offer an education to children during their time abroad, which enables them to continue their studies in their home country or in another European country. For this reason such schools can normally be found close to European institutions. The European School The Hague was primarily founded for the children whose parents work at the European institutions and agencies in The Hague: Eurojust, Europol, the European Patent Office and ESA-ESTEC in Noordwijk.
The European schools offer a broad multilingual education. There is a great deal of emphasis on the children’s own language and culture, in combination with knowledge of and respect for the languages and cultures of other European countries. The education programme at the European School the Hague is based on the curriculum of the European schools. In addition, pupils must also meet the core objectives laid down by the Dutch government as this European School is also a Dutch school. This way, the children meet the best of both worlds!
All non-Dutch pupils will take compulsory Dutch lessons, in order to facilitate the contact with the environment in which they live. During the first schoolyears, the pupils are made familiar with some Dutch basic concepts. From the third class of the primary school onwards, Dutch is taught as a third (second foreign) language. These lessons are compulsory for all non-Dutch speaking pupils, up to the first class of the secondary school. During these Dutch lessons other activities will be offered to the Dutch-speaking pupils.