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School Spotlight: The International School of The Hague (ISH)

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Snapshot: The International School of The Hague (ISH)

Year founded: 1991
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Profit/Not for profit:
Not for profit
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Religious affiliation:  
International, IB MYP, IB DP, IPC
Instructional language: English
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About: The International School of The Hague (ISH)

The International School of The Hague (ISH) is a highly successful, innovative and dynamic school located in a state-of-the-art building in an area of natural beauty in the city of The Hague in The Netherlands.

The school is made up of a Primary School and a Secondary school, each receiving government funding as well as private fees as Dutch International Schools. The two schools work together as one school with a shared vision and mission as part of the Rijnlands Lyceum foundation. The whole school currently has around 2,000 students (1400 in Secondary) with over 100 nationalities taught by teachers from around the world.

Teachers at ISH achieve these high standards by recognising that, like their students, they are lifelong learners who must continually reflect upon their own professional practice, as well as striving to be excellent role models for the ISH Community Profile.


Ethos: The International School of The Hague (ISH)

Mission: Curious, connected and compassionate. Inspiring personal excellence in our strong and diverse community.

Vision: To shape a better future for all. Inspiring students to become compassionate and proactive global citizens.

The International School of The Hague (ISH) inspires personal excellence by encouraging students to be curious, connected and compassionate. ISH uses student-led inquiry to develop curiosity in authentic and challenging contexts. Students learn to apply their knowledge and skills to deepen conceptual, disciplinary and interdisciplinary understanding by making effective connections with other people and their ideas.

A focus on intercultural learning challenges students to learn from different cultures and to deepen their understanding, acceptance and respect for diverse groups of people. An emphasis on global citizenship is about understanding the ongoing and inevitable global opportunities and challenges we face.


Facilities: The International School of The Hague (ISH)

The International School of The Hague (ISH) is situated in the beautiful area of Kijkduin, nestled in the dunes which are characteristic for the Dutch western coastline. Originally built in 2007, additional classrooms and wings have been added as the school has grown. Facilities include:

  • 350-seat theatre, The Malcolm Davies Auditorium, which can be used for lectures, assemblies and performances.
  • Two full sized gyms, with the option to divide them by means of acoustic curtains to provide four separate teaching spaces. The floor markings allow for a variety of sports to be played. There is a supporters area to be able to view any sports played from above.
  • Science labs, equipped with everything students need to do the experiments in the curricula.
  • Art studios, rehearsal, exhibition, and performance spaces, adaptable to various needs.


Location: The International School of The Hague (ISH)

Kijkduin is a picturesque seaside resort town located in The Hague, Netherlands. Situated along the sandy shores of the North Sea, Kijkduin boasts breathtaking panoramic views and pristine beaches, making it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and beach lovers alike.

The town’s serene atmosphere and laid-back vibe provide a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Despite its peaceful setting, Kijkduin is well-connected to The Hague and other major cities in the Netherlands, offering easy access to employment opportunities, cultural events, and amenities.

The town itself features charming cafes, restaurants serving fresh seafood delicacies, and boutique shops. Additionally, Kijkduin’s proximity to expansive dunes and nature reserves provides endless opportunities for hiking, cycling, birdwatching, and other outdoor activities, allowing residents to connect with nature and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.


Benefits: The International School of The Hague (ISH)

Taxes: Dutch Tax application Support (reimbursed by Rijnlands for 1st year expat staff). Rijnlands has an agreement with a tax consultancy that will help with the tax refund for all new staff hired from abroad.

Flights/Transport: An OV Chip card with €20 credit to travel within the Netherlands by public transportation.

Moving Allowance: Compensation (tax free) for expenses incurred for the transportation of luggage and household effects of the employee and the members of his/her family to the new house with a maximum of €2.500, for Secondary education (based on receipts).

Dependent Opportunities: Free education for up to two dependents for staff hired from abroad. Please note, staff must meet certain tax criteria and the arrangement is for a maximum period of 5 years as of 2019.

Medical: In The Netherlands, it is compulsory to buy basic medical insurance. This costs around €100 per month per adult – children are free. Additional insurance can be purchased according to individual needs and requirements, but whatever is purchased for adults, the same cover is provided for children free of charge.

Other: Excellent professional development opportunities and working environment


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