How do I apply for my children to ISH?

If accepted, you will receive a letter of confirmation with the start date and time. At a later time, you will receive information with more of the particulars about the first days of school, and the essentials about what you need to know and bring. 

You will receive your invoice the first week your children start school. 

What Do I Need to Know Before Applying


What priority level is my child and what does that mean? 

Admissions Statuses Explained

Placement in Primary

We offer a Pre-Early Years class for children reaching the age of four (4) after 1 October of any school year, once they have had their birthday. Children in this class will then move into Early Years in the following school year. Please note that the fee level for this class is higher than for other years in the school due to a difference in the government subsidy and financial costings.

Admission to the International School of The Hague is contingent upon our school programme being suitable to meet the applicant's needs. Knowledge of English as an academic language is not a requirement for admission. Primary School policy is to place children in age grouped classes, when possible.

Children entering Early Years must have reached their fourth (4th) birthday before 1 October of that school year. Class level assignment will be determined through past school records and personal interviews. Some programmes are available for children with learning disabilities.

Placement in Secondary

We have placement tests for all students applying for a place in Year 7 and above. These are internal tests designed to ensure that students are placed in classes suitable to their knowledge and ability, and also, in the case of Years 12 and 13, that they are capable of completing the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) at the level chosen.

For Years 7 – 11 the placement tests are for English and Mathematics, as well as language tests in French, German, or Spanish for basic to native proficiency levels.

For Year 12, the first IB year, placement tests include languages, Mathematics and Science.

Students who are not yet in the Netherlands can usually sit the placement tests in their current school, who will administer the test and forward them to us by arrangement.

For Year 12, the first IB Year, the testing sessions include Languages, Mathematics and Science.

Our goal at every level is to make applicants as comfortable as possible, so that they will do their best work.

More Information


Before officially applying you can submit an enquiry to find out if ISH is the place for your family without committing.

Admissions FAQ

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School Fees

A complete overview of the fees for  2021-2022. 

Admissions Policy

Official documentation

The complete policy for admissions to Primary and Secondary

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