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Admissions

FAQs

As you apply to ASH you will have many questions. We are here to help you get all the information you need! Below are some of the common questions prospective parents and students ask us.
Q. Is ASH accredited?
A. Yes!  ASH is Fully accredited by the Council of International Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Q. Is the student body mainly American?
A. No, not at all. Although Americans do make up the largest single percentage, 28%, 75 nationalities are currently represented at ASH. View the full breakdown of ASH Nationalities 2015 - 2016.

Q. What are your tuition fees?
A. Our enrolment and tuition fees are set each year in February and are posted online at www.ash.nl/tuition.

Q. My children do not speak English.  Are they eligible to apply?
A. This depends.  There is no English pre-requisite for children entering grades PS-6.  Students in grades 7-8 should have had some exposure to English, although it is not necessary to be fluent.  Students in grades 9-10 should be approaching grade level fluency.  Students entering grades 11-12 must be able to manage the curriculum in place without support.  Language support is limited at the high school level, so students entering grades 9-12 will need to take an English assessment before we are able to determine eligibility for admission.  Please refer to the support services sections of the Elementary and MIddle School.

Q. What are the school hours?
A. Grades 2-12 operate on an 8:30-3:30 schedule with a 2:45 early dismissal on Wednesday.  Children at the Early Childhood Center (Preschool-Grade 1) operate on an 8:15-3:15 schedule with a 2:30 early dismissal on Wednesday.  For parents who require after-school care, please contact CrocoClub.

Q. What is your school year?
A. There are 180 instructional days in the school calendar, which runs from mid-August to mid-June.  New student orientation generally occurs the 2nd week of August.  Refer to the school calendar for more specific dates. 

Q. Do you have after school care?
A. Yes, The Croco Club offers English-speaking After School Care and Holiday Care for children from the American School of The Hague, ages 3 - 14. Learn more about the Croco Club.

Q. Are the students required to wear uniforms?
A. No, although we do enforce a dress code that requires that students dress reasonably and in good taste.  Further information concerning the dress codes can be found in the student handbooks.

Q. Can the students purchase a hot lunch?
A. A full hot lunch program for purchase is available for all students.  Our cafeteria services are provided by Eurest, who in conjunction with the ASH Nutrition Committee are committed to providing our students with access to healthy food and beverage choices.  Students are, of course, also welcome to bring a sack lunch from home.

Q. Where do most of your students live?
A. Because the school is located in Wassenaar, the majority of school families choose this village as their residence.  However, we also have a number of students who live in The Hague and surrounding environs.

Q. Do you have a transportation program?
A. Absolutely.  We contract with Brouwer's, which operates several routes exclusively for our ASH students using full-size motorcoaches and mini-buses depending on the route and/or demand.  There's no need to worry about choosing a house near an ASH bus route.  We wait until all of our families have requested transportation services and then establish our routes to accommodate those requests.

Bike riding is a way of life in the Netherlands and a great number of ASH students utilize this form of transportation.  Bike sheds are available on campus. 

Q. What foreign languages do you offer?
A. Dutch is a compulsory language in Elementary School.  Don't worry if this is your first experience with Dutch!  Various levels are offered, from beginning to advanced.  Middle School students may choose Dutch, French or Spanish.  High School has the addition of German.

Refer to our FAQ page regarding languages.

Q. Is it possible to talk to parent from my home country, to help me understand ASH and life in the Netherlands from my cultural point of view?
A. Each year parents volunteer to be International Parent Ambassadors, a contact point for new and prospective parents from their home country. They will answer your questions, and you can arrange to meet them when you arrive at ASH. If you would like to make contact with an International Parent Ambassador, please email the Coordinator, who will put you in touch with the appropriate parent.

Q. Do you have a scheduled Open Day when I can visit the school?
A. Believing that every parent has specific questions unique to their individual situation, we prefer to conduct personal appointments.  The admissions office takes appointments on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  In order to see the school fully in session, we host he first appointment at 9:00 and the last appointment at 2:00.

Q. How early should I apply?
A. We accept applications two years in advance of the entry date.  There is no application fee and therefore no obligation or risk if you submit an application and your plans change.

Q. How easy is it to integrate into the student body?
A. The one thing we all have in common in international schools is that we're all from somewhere else.  In fact, many of us have never lived in the country whose passport we carry.  Our students are eager to reach out to new friends, and you'll feel at home in no time at all!  ASH has a strong and established program to assist with the transition needs of parents, students, and teachers.