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
3086LR Rotterdam
010 4803552 Charlois
De Kameleon 2-4 Carnissedreef
3083ZG Rotterdam
0104808568 Charlois
Pniëlschool 5 Sandelingenplein
3075AG Rotterdam
010 4844688 Feijenoord
De Sleutel 26 Asterstraat
3073ED Rotterdam
010 4844691 Feijenoord
De Catamaran 298 Catullusweg
3076KH Rotterdam
0102916770 IJsselmonde
Duo 2002 322 Bilderdijkstraat
3027SN Rotterdam
010 4154909 Delfshaven
Emmausschool 59 Tidemanstraat
3022SE Rotterdam
010 4258312 Delfshaven
De Boog 80 Catharina Beersmanstraat
3025EJ Rotterdam
010 4760114 Delfshaven
Talmaschool1 15 Vaandrigsstraat
3034PX Rotterdam
010 41366760 Kralingen/ Crooswijk
Talmaschool2 3-11 Ben Websterstraat
3069XJ Rotterdam
010 4552940 Prins Alexander
Talmaschool3 34 Cornelis Dankerstraat
3067XG Rotterdam
010 4205293 Prins Alexander
Stephanus Asserweg 360 3052AJ Rotterdam 010 4184727 Hillegersberg - Schiebroek


Secondary education
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 leerplicht@rotterdam.nl. If you need help you can contact the Youth Support Desk, by calling 010-2676788.