Admissions

Admission Conditions

European Schools were founded to meet the educational needs of the children of European Civil Servants. For the European School The Hague, these are the children of employees of Eurojust, Europol, EPO, ESA-ESTEC, GSA, EMA and the European Commission. These children have a reserved place in our school and are referred to as Category I pupils.  For children of employees of other European Agencies/Institutions, Admissions will be able to provide information about whether your child(ren) also qualifies as a Category I applicant. 

All other pupils are referred to as Category III pupils, and can be placed depending on availability and whether the admission criteria below is met. This criteria is based on the Dutch Regulations for International Education (IGBO-Wet): 

Conditions for eligibility of Category III pupils

  • 1.1 He/she has another nationality than the Dutch nationality and the pupils' parents, guardians or carers work in the Netherlands or the border area of the Netherlands on a temporary basis, or;
  • 1.2 He/she has the Dutch nationality and was educated abroad for a period of two years or more, because at least one parent, guardians or carers worked abroad for a limited period of time, or;
  • 1.3 He/she has the Dutch nationality and at least one of the parents, guardians or carers, as confirmed in writing by the employer, will be working abroad for at least two years and within two years of admission into the school. The pupil will live with this parent, guardian or carer.
 

Admissions Procedure

Before applying, families are invited to attend an information morning for prospective parents at one or both campuses– Primary or Secondary.

For those who are not able to attend one of these sessions, parents should submit a Registration of Interest (including school report copies for pupils applying to Primary 1 - Secondary 6) and then contact the Admissions Officer via admissions@eshthehague.nl  with a request to visit the school.  

How to apply?

A formal application to ESH is done through an external portal OpenApply. Parents are required to create an account through which you can follow the status of your child’s application. You will also be asked to submit the following documents in a checklist:

Category I (children of European Agency/Institute staff members)

  • Copy of Passport
  • School reports from past two school years
  • Any additional documents related to special educational needs and/or medical related issues
  • Statement from European Institution confirming pupil’s Category I status (issued by your HR)
  • Pupil Information Request Form - to be downloaded through the portal and sent to the current (pre) school to be completed

Category III (all other pupils)

  • Copy of Passport
  • School reports from past two school years
  • Any additional documents related to special educational needs and/or medical related issues
  • Proof of Payment of the €300 registration fees (bank transfer). Please note that this fee is non-refundable.
  • Pupil Information Request Form - to be downloaded through the portal and sent to the current (pre) school to be completed
  • In most cases parents of Category III pupils are required to provide proof of their eligibility for international education in The Netherlands, as described above in the admissions conditions above.

When to apply?

  • Early Years applications are accepted for children from the age of 2, but are processed at a later stage.
  • Applications for pupils to join at the start of the new school year should be submitted by 1 April, prior to the start of the new school year. Any applications received after this date, run the risk of delayed placement, meaning that the pupils may not be able to start at the beginning of the new school year.
  • Applications for pupils to join during the course of the school year should be submitted as soon as possible.

Next steps

  • When you have created your parent accounts in OpenApply, you will receive an automatic confirmation email. This way, you know that we have received the application(s) and documents.
  • Once the application is complete (form and checklist items), the application is discussed and assessed by the directorate.
  • Via OpenApply, you will receive an update after the initial assessment. This may include a request for additional information, a meeting request, a confirmation of the placement offer or placement on the waiting list (Category III pupils). For Secondary School Applications, it is common practise to schedule language and mathematics tests for those children who are not transferring from a European School.
  • With the approval of the director, confirmation of enrolment letters are sent to parents, to sign and return in acceptance of the offer.
  • The further arrangements such as class allocation, timetables and introduction days (Early Years) will be communicated at a later stage.

How long does it take?

When the required documents have been submitted, it can take up to two weeks to process an application, when applying for the current school year. If you are applying for the next school year, this can sometimes take longer. In the event that more information is necessary or tests need to be planned, the process can also take longer, depending on what needs to be discussed/assessed. In cases where there is a discrepancy between the decision made by the director and parents’ request, the process can be extended for further evaluation. It is therefore very important to apply on time, in order to avoid delayed placement.

Additional information for Category III applications

Category III pupils can be placed upon availability. If a place is/becomes available, parents will be contacted by our admissions officers. For category III pupils, the time between submitting the full application and a placement offer depends on the availability and how far in advance parents are applying. If you are applying more than 1 year in advance, the application will only be processed at a later stage.

 

 

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