We find it important to be able to offer education for international students who choose for our school.
Students from abroad mostly opt for our bilingual education. Their knowledge of English is often thorough and in junior school (year 1-3) the majority of subjects is offered in English. Bilingual education continues in senior school. Because students should ultimately finish secondary school with a Dutch diploma, the vast majority of subjects in senior school is offered in Dutch. Only three subjects in senior school are offered in English, i.e. subjects that are concluded with only school examinination.
The level of the Dutch language should be sufficient to participate in class. This aspect is taken into account when a student from abroad applies for our school, i.e. to what extent does the student master the Dutch language? The answer to this question determines whether it is best to enroll a student in bilingual or Dutch department.
Since a linguistically rich enviroment enables a student to acquire and develop a more thourough knowledge of a language, it might be the better choise to enroll to the Dutch department rather than te English.
Because of this we employ a different application procedure for students who have had no (or a few years at the most) education at a Dutch (primary) school.
This different application procedure results in ascerting the level of knowledge of the Dutch language. Students have to do some Dutch language tests, comprising reading, spelling and writing.
We also determine what support this student needs in order to succesfully complete his/her education at Visser ’t Hooft Lyceum. The main question is: What support could be given by school and what support should be organised at home?
We discuss with you and your son/daughter which class would fit him/her best. Support with Dutch for non-native speakers is called NT2 (Dutch as a second language).
For more information, please contact Mr Pijnappel MA (teamleader year 1)