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School Spotlight: American School of The Hague (ASH)

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Snapshot: American School of The Hague

Year founded: 1953
Public or private: Private
Profit/Not for profit: Not for profit
Day or boarding: Day
Segregation type: Co-Educational
Religious affiliation: None
Curriculum: Advanced Placement, IB DP, United States of America
Instructional language: English
Alternate instructional language: None
Start grade: PreK
End grade: 12


About: American School of The Hague (ASH)

American School of The Hague (ASH) offers a complete Early Childhood through to pre-university education, with Elementary, Middle and High School programs for students aged three to 18.

Graduates are accepted worldwide with a large acceptance rate at American, European and home country universities. The Elementary, Middle and High Schools all offer dedicated Special Education programs for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. This program has gained a worldwide reputation as a leader in the space and supports part of the school’s mission to be inclusive and provide a high-quality education to all types of learners.

ASH is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In May 2016, ASH was re-accredited with the official Green Flag Award (Green Level status) from the international group, Eco-Schools Nederland and continues to maintain its Green Flag status. Becoming an Eco-School allows the school to realise values and practices of sustainable action within the daily function of the school’s operations.

The School is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of parents of ASH students and external community members, who are not parents of ASH students.


Ethos: American School of The Hague (ASH)

Mission: We build a better world as we become better human beings, hear and value every voice, keep every promise, and celebrate every achievement.

Vision: We are determined to create a school where everyone is confident and able to take control of their own learning, and the world is our classroom.


  • We keep our minds and our doors open: We break down the silos and perception of hierarchy to try out fresh ideas.
  • We make learning that matters: We apply our learning now and in the future.
  • We are a real community: We make the most of our diversity in everything we do.
  • We trust people to do great work: We find ways to tap into our community’s talents and ingenuity.
  • We build sustainability into all we do: We prototype ideas and grow those that make the world a better place.


Facilities: American School of The Hague (ASH)

Green and functional, American School of The Hague (ASH)’s purpose-built campuses reflect the spirit of the school. The two locations are just a six-minute walk apart from each other and 72% of students ride their bikes to school along the safe bike paths in the community.

Facilities include a theatre; dedicated music room; design tech studio and learning kitchen; visual arts centre; sports hall; fitness centre; cafeterias; libraries, learning spaces; vegetable garden; gym; play spaces; bike shed; sports fields; and more.


Location: American School of The Hague (ASH)

American School of The Hague (ASH) is located in Wassenaar, a quiet village on the outskirts of Leiden and The Hague, and provides an ideal background for learning and raising a family. ASH’s proximity to quiet beaches, scenic dunes, and innumerable picturesque waterways provides ample chances for study, exploration, and adventure.

Within short bike rides, you can be in The Hague, the centre of government in the country and known as the International City of Peace and Justice, housing several international agencies, courts, and tribunals and a strong example of the inclusive crossroads of Europe that is the Netherlands.

Head in the other direction and the bustling university town of Leiden offers multiple cultural and educational activities, in letters and sciences alike.


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