Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Some frequently poised questions by prospective families:

Q) Is the International School open to all applicants?      A)  We can enroll students with a non-Dutch passport, or Dutch students who have lived minimum of two years abroad with their parents, or whose parents can prove that they will soon move abroad.  

Q) Can International School Het Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest arrange visas and residence permits for foreign students?      A) No. Students must have the necessary paperwork before they may join the school. For information on how to obtain the required paperwork please contact your nearest Dutch consulate or embassy. 

Q) What are the average class sizes at Rijnlands?       A) At International School Het Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest we are proud of our small class sizes. In MP1 the upper limit is +/- 25 students, whilst in MP2-5 currently the average number of students per class is 26.   DP students are usually taught in groups of 20 maximum, although for many subjects the groups are considerably smaller. 

Q) How old should my child be to join the MP1 class?     A) In order to join the MP1 your child should be 11 years old by the end of August in the year in which he or she joins the school. Alternatively, your child should have completed ‘group 7’ in a Dutch primary school (basisschool).  More information is available on the page, which class should I apply for.

Q) Do you test students before offering a place?      A) Not necessarily. Every application must be accompanied by the last 3 years' of student’s school reports (translated into English is necessary).    In addition, the prospective student must also complete a student questionnaire.   If, after looking at all the documentation we have received we still have questions, we will, with the families permission, contact the current school and obtain a reference of suitability and/or invite the student for an interview and or request that the applicant sits entrance tests prior to offering a place.   


Q) When can we visit the school?    A) We have an annual Open Day in January, for 2020 this is Saturday 18 January, the entire family is welcome to tour our school, join in with mock lessons and talk about applications,.   For parents we also have an Information Evening, for 2020 this is on Monday 13 January, the evening begins with a brief overview of the entire school followed by a specific presentation regarding the international school.     We also appreciate that this isn't very convenient if you live in a different part of The World.   We welcome , and encourage visitors to our school, here on our application site you can Schedule a Tour to suit your orientation visit to The Netherlands or if you would just like to have more information.  

Q) Do you have waiting lists for classes?   A) Currently there are just a few waiting lists, however we recommend that applications are submitted before the end of February to guarantee a place for the next academic school year.

Q)  Will my son/daughter participate in an introduction programme?      A) Yes, for students joining at the beginning of the academic year, a full induction programme during the first week to give students an opportunity to make some new friends, join in team -building activities, meet tutors and teachers, orientate the school and begin to experience life as a Rijnlands student!    

For students who join throughout the year, we have a few fixed dates: beginning of Term 2, early November, beginning of Term 3, end January and beginning Term 4, mid April.   For these students we have a introduction programme with a member of the admissions team and a  'Buddy Programme'  where student ambassadors provide one-on-one support to our new students, a scaled down version of the induction programme.   

Every students experiences a "First day" and we all aware of the emotions student feel during those early day, we have fantastic students who make everyone welcome.

We have an open admissions policy and hope to work with the student and family to ensure that our school is the best possible fit.