Secondary Education

The education received at Optimist International School is designed to prepare children to continue an uninterrupted learning programme by meeting the educational level requirements of the British and the international education systems, regardless of the chosen secondary school.


Optimist International School cooperates with two secondary schools nearby:


  • Haarlemmermeer Lyceum in Hoofddorp (distance from Optimist International School approx. 1 km) offers a bilingual programme for students at different levels: mavo, havo and vwo. Haarlemmermeer Lyceum offers a special programme for non-Dutch speakers who have a certain level of English with extra daily Dutch lessons. Bilingual education integrates an international focus into the curriculum. The combined programme of the Dutch educational curriculum with an English language and international orientation programme recognised by Nuffic and IB (International Baccalaureate). Bilingual Students finish the Dutch exam program at the same level as students who will do the regular programme. The bilingual students also do an English IB-language exam which is recognised all over the world (CPE-level). More detailed information can be obtained by the Management Team or  or by contacting or


  • The International School of Haarlem (ISH) in Haarlem (distance from Optimist International School approx. 10 km) introduced and implemented a secondary curriculum for students in September 2018. The programme is initially open with the first three years of secondary schooling (ages 11-12-13-14, MYP1, 2 and 3). The programme offered at ISH will provide a recognised, international curriculum for secondary students in Haarlem and the surrounding municipalities. Subsequent years will see further developments and growth. It is the vision of the school to offer a full International Baccalaureate (IB) programme in the secondary department within its early years of operation. More detailed information can be obtained by the Management Team or

In spring we organize an information evening for parents about the possibilities of secondary education. Both schools present themselves during this evening.