Frequently Asked Questions


Is the school open to all students?

Admission to Dutch International Schools is subject to conditions set in Dutch legislation.  Our school is required to adhere to the following eligibility criteria:

A. The student has a non-Dutch nationality/is a foreign passport holder and one of the parents/legal guardians is temporarily employed in the Netherlands.
B. The student has a Dutch nationality and has lived and attended school abroad for at least two years because one of the parents/legal guardians was stationed abroad.
C. The student has a Dutch nationality and has a parent/legal guardian (with whom the student will be living) who will be stationed abroad within two years and for at least two years. This is to be proved by a written statement of intent by parent or employer.

Is there a waiting list?

For certain groups in our PYP program, there is indeed a waiting list. Those groups that are full will be indicated to you when you are making an application on OpenApply. [If you have multiple children that you would like to enroll, but the group for one of your children is full, please contact us directly].

At the start of 2023-2024, we have a waiting list for MYP 1, 2, 4 and 5 in our secondary school. There is space in MYP 3 and DP 1.

How should I apply?

Our school makes use of OpenApply, which is an online application which takes you step by step through the application process. [You can find the link to begin the application process on our admissions page.]

Is the registration fee refundable?

The registration fee is non-refundable, even if the student is not admitted or if you withdraw from the application process.

Do you accept children who do not speak English?

While the main language of instruction at our school is English, we do accept children who do not speak it, or who are still learning to speak. [We offer extra in school support to these students; however, this may come at an additional cost to parents.]

What are the tuition fees?

All registration, tuition, and any addition fees are stated in our Standard Terms and Conditions

Which Year should I apply to?

At ISD, we have age requirements per year group. Of course, there could be exceptions, when a child has doubled a year or comes from the Southern Hemisphere. If you are unsure of the year group for your child, please contact the Admissions Team directly and they will be happy to assist you.

Age at 30 Sept

ISD year Group

Dutch Equivalent

UK Equivalent

USA Equivalent

Indian Equivalent



Groep 1






Groep 2

Year 1





Groep 3

Year 2

Grade 1

Standard 1



Groep 4

Year 3

Grade 2

Standard 2



Groep 5

Year 4

Grade 3

Standard 3



Groep 6

Year 5

Grade 4

Standard 4



Groep 7

Year 6

Grade 5

Standard 5



Groep 8

Year 7

Grade 6

Standard 6



Klas 1

Year 8

Grade 7

Standard 7



Klas 2

Year 9

Grade 8

Standard 8



Klas 3

Year 10

Grade 9

Standard 9



Klas 4

Year 11

Grade 10

Standard 10


DP 1*

Klas 5

Year 12

Grade 11

Standard 11


DP 2*

Klas 6

Year 13

Grade 12

Standard 12







DP 1 will start in 2023-2024. DP 2 will start in 2024-2025.

DP 1 will start in 2023-2024. DP 2 will start in 2024-2025.

Practical Information

Do you have a transportation program?

No. It is the responsibility of parents and students to ensure that students arrive on time to school each morning.

Do you offer preschool?

Our primary school is proud to work closely with True Colors. True Colors Delft is fully integrated into the primary school facilities and is committed to using the IB Primary Years programme for 3-year old’s. True Colors Delft offers onsite, after school childcare for children 4-11 years, and pre-school daycare for children 0-4 years.

Are students able to purchase lunch at school?

No. Students are expected to bring their own, healthy lunch. Also, we are a nut free environment.

Does the school have boarding facilities?

No. Students may only be enrolled in our schools if at least one of the parents/legal guardians are, or soon will be, employed in the Netherlands.

Is there a PTA?

Yes. ISD primary has a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to enhance the role parents can play in organising social and community-oriented events. At Secondary we have a community builder who works with parents to organise events.

When will you offer MYP 5/Diploma Programme?

In the school year 2022-2023 we offer the full Middle Years Programme: MYP 1-5. As of September 2023, we will expand with the Diploma Programme. In 2023-24 we will offer DP1 and the year after, DP2. 

About the school

How diverse is the student body?

Due to Dutch legislation requiring that our students meet specific criteria (mentioned above), we have a very diverse student body that is composed mainly of students with international backgrounds.

What other languages are taught?

The language of instruction at our primary school is English. However, parents are encouraged to practice the students’ home language at home. Primary students have 2 lessons of Dutch per week throughout the whole school. Our secondary school language of instruction is also English. Further, the secondary offers students the opportunity to acquire language skills in both Dutch, French and Spanish.

Are the students required to wear uniforms?

No. Neither our primary or secondary students are required to wear a uniform.

Do you accommodate students with special needs?

Yes. Students with specific educational, physical, emotional or social needs will always be considered for our school. The school collaborates with specialist therapists to meet a range of specific needs. However, these services could be at additional costs to parents. Find more information on this here.

Are there facilities for students with disabilities

Our Primary school has facilities for disabled students, we have a lift and a disabled toilet. Unfortunately, ISD Secondary is at the moment not wheelchair accessible.