Attending school when you recently arrived in The Netherlands. Your child recently came to the Netherlands, but does not speak (or hardly speaks) 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 who 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 intense language programme in the ISK class. When your child speaks and writes Dutch sufficiently, he or she will be transferred to a ‘regular’ class in primary or secondary education.
Primary education (children from the age of 6 to 12)
Rotterdam has 13 primary schools that offer a First Intake transition class. You can register your child with the primary school with a First Intake transition class closest to you. They will enter your child’s details and will check to see if they have an opening.
|Name of school||Address||Telephone number||Area|
|Notenkraker||Othelloweg 2 (3190 AE)||010 - 295 72 73||Hoogvliet|
|Over de Slinge||Krabbendijksestraat 243-254 (3086 LR)||010 - 480 35 52||Charlois|
|De Kameleon||Carnissedreef 2-4 (3083 ZG)||010 - 480 85 68||Charlois|
|Pniëlschool||Sandelingplein 25 (3075 AG)||010 - 484 46 88||Feijenoord|
|De Sleutel||Asterstraat 26 (3073 ED)||010 - 484 46 91||Feijenoord|
|Joh. Brandstraat 3-7 (3072 BD)||010 - 484 35 35||Feijenoord|
|De Catamaran||Catullusweg 298 (3076 KH)||010 - 291 67 70||IJsselmonde|
|Kasteel Spangen||Bilderdijkstraat 322 (3027 SN)||010 - 415 49 09||Delfshaven|
|Emmausschool||Tidemanstraat 59 (3022 SE)||010 - 425 83 12||Delfshaven|
|De Rozenhorst||Jan Tooropstraat 1-3-5 (3181 HE)||0181 - 212 565||Rozenburg|
|OBS Dakpark||Catharina Beersmanstraat 80 (3025 EJ)||
010 - 476 01 14
Vaandrigstraat 15 (3034 PX)
010 - 413 66 76
|Bertrand Russellplaats 7 (3069 CA)||010 - 420 56 29||Prins Alexander|
|Stephanus||Asserweg 360 (3052 AJ)||010 - 418 47 27||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 test 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 approach Koers-VO for information on secondary education and regional training centres (ROCs) and to register your child
Young people who are 18+
For young people between the age 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, located at 122 Westblaak. They can be reached on the Municipality of Rotterdam’s general phone number 010 - 267 67 88.