Public primary and secondary education
Your child recently came to the Netherlands, but does not or barely speak any Dutch (yet). Despite this your child must attend school.
That is not a problem: in Rotterdam, a few classes at ‘regular’ schools are equipped to take in children have not been in the Netherlands for long, like your child. These classes are called International Transition Classes (Internationale Schakelklassen, ISK) in secondary education. In primary education these transition classes are called First Intake Classes (Eerste Opvang). Your child will follow an intensive language programme in the ISK class. Once your child speaks and writes Dutch sufficiently, he or she will be transferred to a ‘regular’ class in primary or secondary education.
Primary education (ages 6 to 12)
Rotterdam has 13 primary schools that offer a First Intake transition class. You can register your child with the school closest to you. They will enter your child’s details and check whether they have an opening.
|Name of School||Adress||Telephone Number||Area|
|Notenkraker||Othelloweg 2 3290AE Rotterdam||010 2957273||Hoogvliet|
|Over de Slinge||Krabbendijksestraat 243-254
|De Kameleon||2-4 Carnissedreef
|De Sleutel||26 Asterstraat
|De Catamaran||298 Catullusweg
|Duo 2002||322 Bilderdijkstraat
|De Boog||80 Catharina Beersmanstraat
|010 41366760||Kralingen/ Crooswijk|
|Talmaschool2||3-11 Ben Websterstraat
|010 4552940||Prins Alexander|
|Talmaschool3||34 Cornelis Dankerstraat
|010 4205293||Prins Alexander|
|Stephanus||Asserweg 360 3052AJ Rotterdam||010 4184727||Hillegersberg - Schiebroek|
Secondary education in the Netherlands differentiates between various levels of education. Your child will be tested to establish the level at which he or she can start. Employees of Koers-VO will test your child, in collaboration with the secondary education system in Rotterdam. The test will include an intelligence- and a match test. You will then be issued with a recommendation for your child. After testing, you will be referred to one of the five schools with an International Transition Class. You can go to this website for more information on secondary education, regional training centres (ROCs) and to register your child. Or contact them directly by calling the following number: 010-4842576
These two websites (only in Dutch) provide an overview of primary and secondary schools in Rotterdam.
Young people who are 18+
For young people between the ages of 18 and 23 who don’t have a Dutch diploma, we would like to know what their level of education is and what they will potentially study. You can provide us with this information by sending an email to email@example.com. If you need help you can contact the Youth Support Desk, by calling 010-2676788.