About

The European School The Hague is a unique school. We were established in 2012 to educate the children of employees of European Union institutions. We provide a multilingual and multicultural education to Early Years, Primary and Secondary school children culminating in the European Baccalaureate. We are an officially Accredited European School, partly administered and financed by the Dutch national education system, and accredited by the Board of Governors of the European Schools since December 2012. We are part of the Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation.

Our Vision

is to inspire students to be responsible, future focused, and proactive citizens of Europe and the world.

Our Mission

is to provide a positive, open-minded community that fosters ambition through rich cultural and academic opportunities, inspiring lifelong learning.

Our Community

is enriched by our multicultural and multilingual staff, students and parents as we connect, collaborate and celebrate a culture of learning.

Our Core Values

provide the foundation of how the ESH community, staff, students and families achieve our mission.

AMBITION

We strive to reach our full potential. We accept challenges and have a passion for finding solutions.

POSITIVITY

We focus on the positive aspects in all situations. We build a constructive and positive environment from which everyone benefits.

RESPECT

We show respect for people, possessions, our planet, protocols and ourselves. We accept the differences, strengths and weaknesses of others.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Key Competences

Our ESH pupils are future citizens of Europe and the world. As such, they need a range of competences to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. In 2006 the European Council and European Parliament adopted a European Framework for Key Competences for Lifelong Learning. These competences are incorporated and embedded in the European Schools curriculum. The eight key competences, which all individuals need for personal fulfillment and development, active citizenship, social inclusion and employment are what we aim for our students to achieve.

Language Sections

The rich diversity of European languages and cultures is one of the main features of a European school. To promote multicultural development, the focus is on consolidating and strengthening the mother tongue and learning and using foreign languages.

Language sections at ESH

Primary School

Secondary School

Dutch

English

French

German

Spanish

Dutch

English

French

German (from September 2020)

Mother Tongue /L1 lessons

Primary School

(Mother Tongue lessons)

Secondary School

(L1 lessons)

Greek

Finnish

Italian

Slovenian

Polish

Romanian

Portugese

Italian

Spanish

German

Romanian

Finnish

Greek

Slovenian

Croatian

Polish

Portuguese (from September 2020). 

A key element of the European curriculum in the Secondary school is the multilingual teaching and learning across all the cycles, which provides the students with the opportunity to become fluent in at least three languages.

Due to a high level of proficiency in three languages and the high standard of the European Baccalaureate programme our students are given the greatest chance of success on the widest possible stage.

The European Schools Network

The European Schools were established in 1957 to educate the children of employees of European Union institutions (such as the European Commission, European Patent Office and European Central Bank). The Europese School Den Haag/ European School The Hague was primarily founded for Eurojust, Europol, EPO and ESA-ESTEC families, whose children are entitled to a place at our school. Additional places are also available for pupils who qualify for an international education according to the Dutch regulations, as below;

  • A non-Dutch family staying in the Netherlands for a limited period of time with an expatriate status.
  •  An internationally mobile Dutch family, whose children have been largely educated abroad, and for whom an international education will be more advisable to ensure continuity.
  • A Dutch family bound for an international assignment, whose children will be switching from education in Dutch to English. This transition is limited to a period of one year.

There are 14 traditional European Schools, in six EU countries, which are administered by the European Schools’ Board of Governors in Brussels. There are also 11 accredited European Schools across Europe with more planned in the future. These are national schools that offer the European Schools curriculum. ESH is an officially Accredited European School, partly administered and financed by the Dutch national education system, and is accredited by the Board of Governors of the European Schools since December 2012. It is also part of the Foundation Rijnlands Lyceum.

Map of the European Schools

The ESH, in common with all European Schools follows the same structure and is subject to Pedagogical Inspections and Audits by European School inspectors mandated by the General Secretary every three years. Programmes and evaluation processes are identical, including the final European Baccalaureate examinations.

 

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