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The International School of Amsterdam

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Language of instructionEnglish
Age Range-
International Baccalaureate Yes
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 21 students / class
Maximum 23 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus

This school does not make their fees public.

Address: Sportlaan 45, 1185 TB Amstelveen Amsterdam Netherlands

All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school

More than 50

Most common nationality

Roughly 37% are from continental Europe, 18% of school's student body is from North America, 14% are from the United Kingdom, 8% are Japanese and 23% are from various other countries around the world.

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class

The average number of students varies depending on the grades. Preschool has 18 students in average. Grades 1 to 5 have 20 students. Higher grades have around 23.

Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Language support for students not fluent in English

Although English is the language of instruction at ISA, the school offers considerable assistance for students who do not speak English or are learning to speak English as an additional language.

Students who require this language-learning support in Upper School take English as an Additional Language (EAL) classes, taught by specialists while simultaneously following grade-level appropriate Adapted English classes.

In the Lower School, an EAL support teacher is assigned to each grade level (grade 1-5). The language specialist delivers a combination of withdrawal classes and in-class support in the homeroom class. Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten students receive EAL support as an alternative to Dutch classes, if they need it. The EAL specialists also work closely with teachers in other disciplines to make sure these students have the necessary accommodations and support to ensure their learning in all subject areas.

For students entering grade 10 or higher, we require an intermediate or higher level of English proficiency.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Dutch, French, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin

Additional mother tongue language classes are offered on an extra-curricular, private tuition basis.

Use of technology in the classroom

In August 2014, ISA introduced a bring your-own laptop programme for Upper
School students.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Homework expectations:
- Kindergarten: Daily individualised reading programme.
- G1: Daily individualised reading programme + one 15 minute homework activity each week.
- G2: Daily Individualised reading programme + 15 minutes per day maximum of an additional homework activity.
- G3: Daily Individualised reading programme + 20 minutes per day maximum of an additional homework activity.
- G4: Daily Individualised independent reading programme + 30 minutes per day maximum of an additional homework activity.
- G5: Daily Individualised independent reading programme + 30 minutes per day maximum of an additional homework activity.

Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 should expect no more than 40 – 60 minutes per subject per week. It would be reasonable to expect that students could spend between 60–120 minutes completing homework each evening. Students in grades 9 and 10 should expect no more than 60–90 minutes per subject per week. It would be reasonable to expect that students will spend between 90–150 minutes completing homework each evening.

Uniform required


Waiting list

Occasionally there is a waiting list for specific grades.

Entry evaluation for students

Intake interview and language placement test.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline.

Students can join after academic year begins


External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma

School bus service available


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Student Support Department

Learning support offered

While ISA has limited facilities and resources available to students with special needs, admission may be offered to students with mild to moderate learning challenges or physical disabilities, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. Initial screening, in-class, and group support may be provided through the Student Support Department.

School start time


School finish time


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

The school offers an extensive extracurricular programme that includes creative arts, athletics, student government, Model United Nations, debate, grade-level challenge trips, music, yearbook, publication, choir, language clubs, chess, the Duke of Edinburgh International Awards and theatre productions.

School provided lunches

George’s Place, main school cafeteria, is open daily from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. George’s Jr., a small canteen for Upper School students, is open for the morning break (all upper school) and for lunch (grade 12 only). Students may bring food from home or purchase from the canteen. Beverages and snacks are served all day. Lunch is served between 12:00 and 2:00 pm. Lunch and milk cards can be purchased on location or online, where the daily menus can also be viewed.

Sports activities included

Basketball, cross country running, rugby, soccer, swimming, tennis, golf, track and field, softball, volleyball

Sports facilities at the school

2 gymnasiums, playgrounds, playing fields.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

ISA offers a full range of competitive athletics for students in grade 5 and higher. Team sports include basketball, cross country running, rugby, soccer, swimming, tennis, golf, track and field, softball and volleyball.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The International School of Amsterdam is a globally-recognised leader in education for international understanding. Founded in 1964, ISA was the first authorised IB World School, offering International Baccalaureate programmes from pre-school through grade 12.

Teaching approach of the school

ISA offers an internationally accredited programme that provides students from ages two to eighteen with a student-centered curriculum which recognises diverse learning styles, preferences and individual needs. By integrating traditional academic subjects with the latest methodologies and technologies, ISA is able to move beyond conventional classroom teaching to ensure its students meet their full potential on the path to lifelong learning.

ISA curriculum is firmly grounded on the principles of the International Baccalaureate’s (IB) three programmes—the Primary Years (ages 3-11), the Middle Years (ages 11-16) and the Diploma Years programmes (16-18), allowing its students to benefit from a continuum of education from pre-school through high school, while also offering flexibility to best reflect the particular needs of the school's internationally-mobile students.