Billingual program for students

Trial lesson in English

We offer a lesson in English to students of PYP year 7 (international schools) or group 8 (Dutch local schools) on the following dates:

28th of October from 16:00h - 17:00h (full)
1st of November from 16:00 - 17:00h (full)
4th of November from 16:00 - 17:00h (full)
8th of November from 16:00h - 17:00h (full)

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Bilingual bridges

Welcoming students from around the world to bilingual education (TTO)

International focus

Haarlemmermeer Lyceum is a bilingual secondary school, offering classes in English and Dutch. Our aim is to prepare our students for an international future by equipping them with the competences they need to succeed in a fast-changing and globalised world.

This includes developing strong language skills, stimulating tolerance and understanding in a diverse and multicultural environment, and providing extensive opportunities to communicate and collaborate across geographic, cultural and religious borders.

Ideally located

Haarlemmermeer is ideally situated for international families relocating to Amsterdam and surroundings. We are just 10 minutes from the Amsterdam airport, 15 minutes from Haarlem and 40 minutes from The Hague.

In the last two years we have welcomed more than 75 international students to our school.

Dutch as a Second Language (NT2)

Haarlemmermeer Lyceum introduced a new programme in August 2018 to help fast-track the Dutch skills of our students. Students are fully immersed in the language, receiving at least 15 hours per week of intensive Dutch lessons. Apart from Dutch all other subject lessons are taught in English. So, they get the best of both worlds!

Haarlemmermeer Lyceum offers a bilingual program for students at different levels: mavo, havo and vwo.

Explanation Dutch school system (mavo, havo, vwo):

In bilingual schools at least 50% of the subjects are taught in English. The children speak English during for instance geography or history lessons, or during physical education. The schools still follow the Dutch curriculum and the children need to take the Dutch school-leaving exams. Almost half of the curricular subjects are therefore still taught in Dutch.

Network of bilingual schools

All bilingual schools in the Netherlands are part of a network, that is coordinated by Nuffic. Nuffic monitors and regularly visits schools in the network to see if they comply with the standard for bilingual education. The standard specifies, for example, the recommended level of English proficiency of teachers, as well as guidelines for international orientation across the curriculum.

Collaboration with a Dutch bilingual school

The Global Citizenship programe of the bilingual schools includes cooperation and exchanges with schools abroad.

Children who attended school abroad

If you are relocating to Holland from abroad, you may be considering whether a Dutch bilingual secondary school is an option for your child. Keep in mind that throughout your child’s school career almost half of the lessons are taught in Dutch. The reason is that the school-leaving exams are also in Dutch. So if your child doesn’t speak Dutch, a bilingual school is an interesting option, and learning Dutch is part of the programme.


Come and visit our open days on the 26th or the 27th of January 2021. These evenings Haarlemmermeer Lyceum opens it’s doors to the public from 18:00h-21:00h.


For more information concerning our bilingual programme and admissions you can call us on

+31 23 56 31 644 or send an email to or