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Rotterdam - The Hague
Special Educational Needs curriculum
Ages 3 to 13

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CurriculumSpecial Educational Needs
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 13
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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 6 students / class
Maximum 8 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: €19,800
to: €24,200
Address: Van Heutszstraat 12 2593 PJ The Hague The Netherlands
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Number of students

Maximum 21

Number of nationalities represented in the school

Potentially 21

Most common nationality

We don't have a common nationality

Ratio of local students to international students


Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

English language support is included in the child's individual education program.

Additional language classes offered by the school

We offer support for children who transfer to Dutch Education.

Use of technology in the classroom

Ipads, Chrome book, Prowise board for teaching and learning

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes, we are very successful at this

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Sometimes, to support projects the children are working on at school

Approximate hours of homework given

Every child has their own Individual Educational Plan. This is reviewed regularly

Uniform required


Waiting list


Entry evaluation for students

Yes, we talk with parents and review assessments that have been carried out in the previous school setting. We do not have entrance exams

Brief description of entry evaluation required

See above. Where possible we try to visit the child and carry out observations in the currents school setting. We also invite the child and the family to school for a trial morning/week.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline

Students can join after academic year begins

Children may be admitted at any time during the school year subject to the availability of places.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


External examinations or assessments available


Results in these examinations


Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No. We are non-denominational

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

Children and families are encouraged to share aspects of their culture with our school as part of our international curriculum

School bus service available

Special bus or taxi service can be requested via the local authority.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Lighthouse is a special education school.
Lighthouse offers individualised education to children aged 3-13 who are unable to access mainstream international education. There are currently two classes: the younger class is for children aged 5 to 8 years old and the older class is for children aged 8 to 13 years old. Each class has a maximum of 8 children in it and is staffed by a teacher and a teaching assistant.
In addition to the school classes, there is an inclusive preschool class called Three Little Ships which offers an early intervention programme for children aged 2.5 to 5 years old.

Learning support offered

The staff of the Lighthouse school all have extensive experience of working with children with complex learning challenges and most also have specialist qualifications. In addition to the classroom staff, children are also supported by external staff depending on the child's individual needs.

Many of the children require additional therapies from other specialists. Speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, sensory integration therapy and occupational therapy are given to students during the school day by English-speaking internationally qualified therapists.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

All children have an individual education program to address their needs.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes we work closely with an educational psychologist who is based in our building.

School start time


School finish time

15:00 (Wednesdays 12:15)

Supervised care before/after school


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Children join clubs and follow special interests in the local community.

School provided lunches

No, children bring their own lunch and are supervised by volunteers.

Sports activities included

The children follow physical education program led by a specialist teacher and supported by the class teacher.

Sports facilities at the school

We have a well equipped gym and outdoor apparatus.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The Lighthouse Special Education (LSE) school is the only international special school in The Netherlands. LSE offers individualised education to children aged 3-13 who are unable to access international mainstream education. The school provides a safe and structured learning environment for children with complex learning needs.

Teaching approach of the school

Students at the LSE follow an individualised curriculum that provides a variety of learning opportunities specially planned for that student. A strong emphasis is placed on learning communication and social skills. Many of the students also need to learn how to participate in a school environment and how to learn in a school setting. We focus on (life) skills such as maintaining attention, listening to instructions in a group, completing tasks, working independently and coping with changes. The teacher gives individual instructions or instructions in small groups and also works with the whole group during circle time, in social studies and arts.

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