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 closely with two secondary schools nearby:


  • Haarlemmermeer Lyceum in Hoofddorp "A Window to the World" (distance from Optimist International School approx. 1 km) offers a bilingual programme at three different levels: mavo (*preparatory secondary vocational education), havo (*senior general secondary education) and vwo (*university preparatory education). The school has a separate programme for non-Dutch speakers. Students who don't speak Dutch (or just a little), will enroll in a Dutch as a second language programme (NT2)Bilingual education integrates an international focus into the curriculum. The school offers a combined educational programme of the Dutch national curriculum and an English language and International Orientation programme (CLIL/EIO) which is recognized by the Dutch ministry of Education, Nuffic and IB (International Baccalaureate). Bilingual Students finish the Dutch exam program at the same level as students who do their education solely in Dutch (regular stream). The bilingual students also do an English IB-language exam which is recognised all over the world (CPE-level). All students are able to acquire various language certificates: Cambridge (English), DELF (French), Goethe (German) and HSK (Chinese).


In the academic year 2018/2019 the school welcomed 47 international students into their Dutch as a Second Language Programme (NT2).


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  • 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

Monday evening 25 November we organize an information evening for parents about the possibilities of secondary education. Both schools present themselves during this evening.