Welcome to Optimist International School




Welcome to Optimist International School, a public primary school for children in the age of 4 - 11 years old. Secondary education can be found nearby in Hoofddorp and Haarlem. At the moment we have availability in all groups.


Our wonderful new school building in Floriande, Hoofddorp (metropolitan region of Amsterdam) is well-equipped to offer a rigorous and inspiring international curriculum. The beautiful Haarlemmermeerse bos and area around us provides our school with many opportunities for outdoor learning. 


We find ourselves to be a caring international community that guides children to become compassionate committed global citizens. We provide our pupils opportunities to discover and develop their unique talents. We make learning visible, so children are experiencing their growth. This inspires fun in learning and develops self-determination, self-regulation, ownership and empowerment in the learning process. We feel it’s exciting to grow by learning, which is at the core of everything we do, reflected in our motto ‘Bringing out your inner magic’.


Our experienced international teaching team at Optimist International School provide inquiry-based education. Our language of instruction is English. Besides we teach the Dutch language and there is a connection with the Dutch sister school, OBS de Optimist. Our core programme is based on the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the British National Curriculum for language and mathematics. Furthermore, we offer English Additional Language (EAL) support.


Are you curious about our school? We invite you to make an appointment for an acquaintance meeting, including a tour of the school. We are happy to discuss the possibilities of international education with you. When a visit to the school is not possible, we can schedule a Skype call.



We are easily accessible by public transport, bike and car. Public transport to both Haarlem and Amsterdam area is on walking distance: bus 341 in front of the school and bus 300 from Spaarne Hospital Hoofddorp.


To give you an impression of our school, Jenoah, Akshit, Anushka, Lara and Lorelei made a small movie with the help of Renencia, one of our trainees.



Noord Holland TV made a movie of our opening ceremony on the 11th of April 2018, which gives an impression of Optimist International School in our former building at Deltaweg 109 in Hoofddorp, where we were situated together with our Dutch sister school, OBS de Optimist.

                                "Bringing out your inner magic!"



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