The school is open for Dutch pupils and about 30% of our pupils have Dutch nationality. They may be Dutch children who grew up abroad, have one Dutch parent or they come from local Dutch families in the area. However an application for admission must be submitted to the Ministry of Education via the school. For Dutch pupils, the school is the equivalent of VWO.
The EB and our curriculum are recognised throughout the European Union as equivalent to the national system, and this makes it easy for pupils to transfer in and out at any stage of their education. The EB is a well recognised qualification which leads to entry to top universities in Europe and around the world. The EB is monitored by the national inspectors for the European Schools.
The EB is a qualification unique to the European Schools and it offers the examinations in different languages. There are similarities with the IB, but the IB is much more focused around subjects taught in the English language. IB does not offer the same variety of mother tongue tuition or subjects taught in other EU languages. At ESB, we offer a complete curriculum in English, French and Dutch. The EB is monitored by the national inspectors for the European Schools, and so it is a genuine European Union qualification.
There are places available in all sections and at all levels at our school in the Netherlands. We have a large building with many facilities. There are currently no waiting lists. If you are interested in providing your children with an international education, we encourage you to apply.
Category I: Pupils who have to be admitted to the European Schools because their parents work for a European Union institution. These pupils are exempt from school fees.
Category II: Pupils covered by individual agreements or decisions, each entailing specific rights and obligations for the pupils concerned, particularly as regards school fees.
Category III: Pupils who do not belong to categories I and II. These pupils are admitted to the European Schools in so far as places are available. The ordinary school fees, fixed by the Board of Governors, would be payable for these pupils.
In an international school, there is one working language, with other languages taught as foreign languages. In a European School like ours, the curriculum is delivered in different languages and it can meet the needs of children from many different backgrounds. ESB focuses on a truly international education, by offering a European experience and several languages.