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Welcome to American School of The Hague (ASH). Enjoy browsing our site and contact our Admissions team to schedule a campus tour and visit our vibrant community, at the heart of which are the students we serve. We promise to do our utmost to provide challenges and opportunities to help your student grow in knowledge and ability, and also in respect, responsibility, integrity, empathy, and as strong communicators - our core values that support all we do at the school.

At ASH, we pride ourselves on offering a varied, comprehensive educational program that challenges students to excel in their learning and grow as creative, committed people of character. Our programs in athletics, performing arts, speech and debate, and our service clubs help students of all ages engage with the world outside of school as well. Here, we have something for everyone to get involved in, and we offer a comprehensive transition program to foster that involvement among newly arrived students and their parents.

Our school's home in Wassenaar, a quiet village on the outskirts of Leiden and The Hague, provides an ideal background for learning and raising a family. Our proximity to quiet beaches, scenic dunes, and innumerable picturesque waterways provides ample chances for study, exploration, and adventure. Within short bike rides, you can be in The Hague, the center of government in the country and known as the International City of Peace and Justice, housing several international agencies, courts, and tribunals and a strong example of the inclusive crossroads of Europe that is the Netherlands. Head in the other direction and the bustling university town of Leiden offers multiple cultural and educational activities, in letters and sciences alike. You would be hard-pressed to find a better location if you find yourself moving to the Netherlands.

We look forward to welcoming you to our learning community.

With warm regards,
Dr. Courtney Lowe, Ed.D.
Director

 

"How Am I Doing?"

It is always important for us to check in with ourselves regularly and ask “How am I doing?” This is even more important when we are out of our normal routine, and now we know, as students and as workers, that this will go on for even longer. So… how are we doing? And what should we be doing?

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Virtual Learning: Strengthening Good Habits in Extraordinary Circumstances

How incredible that it has so quickly become almost cliche to say “What interesting times we are living in!” These times are unique. UNICEF now estimates that roughly 95 percent of the world’s students are experiencing a change in education as a result of the current coronavirus. The lucky ones can benefit from distance learning, as opposed to those experiencing an interruption in education.

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Resilience and Adversity

The recent rapid evolution of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation around the world, and especially its surprisingly sudden arrival in the midst of Europe, provides us a timely opportunity to reflect on one of the most important of our psychological capacities: resilience.

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Comparison as a World View

I have alluded earlier to the notion that education (and indeed many other areas in life) are subject to a long unchallenged bias--that comparisons to an average are an effective basis for determining success or lack thereof. We looked at this in the light of standardized testing and also briefly in the way A, B, C, D, F grades developed about 120 years ago. Let's explore this latter example further.

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Self Determination

Over the last week, I attended a conference in New York for heads of international schools. There were several workshop and conversation sessions on offer, including sessions about change in schools, inclusion, diversity, crisis management, and many others. Several of us commented on the fact that one of the most heavily attended sessions was entitled, “No, The Kids Are Not Alright”and was offered by a clinical psychologist, formerly a fellow at the Yale University School of Medicine and, interestingly, himself a student at international schools before university.

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The World Is Our Classroom: Say What?

Part of our vision statement is that we see the world as our classroom. What does this really mean for modern schooling, and what does it mean for ASH? There are at least two ways in which we will strive to make this true: through existing and expanding opportunities for learners to engage in learning abroad, and in more subtle but deliberate ways we can extend learning into our everyday lives.

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Our Mission, Vision, and Beyond

By now, you have read about our new mission and vision statements. These form the “widest angle” focus for our work going forward. The mission is descriptive - why we are here, and the vision expresses our desire for where we want to be as a school. It is important to point out that “we” in these statements refers to all of us: students, staff, families, and our wider community. This is not about what the school does to or even for students, but what we all do together.

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Why is Mission Important, and What is Vision?

What is your mission in life? What is your vision for yourself in the future? These are not questions you may ask yourself regularly. Independent schools usually go to great lengths to establish mission and vision statements. One might wonder why, given the basic understanding that a school is really about kids learning. It came through clearly from our Project Nest work that people at ASH see us as more than just a school. So what does that mean for us when it comes to mission and vision?

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On Standardized Testing

In this blog, we have been scratching the surface of a discussion on mass education and exploring what has gotten us where we are today with schooling. We saw that standardization (of environments, goals, methods) is one effect of the fact education became such a huge and ever-growing institution. A striking example of this development is the standardized test, which has become such an important part of education.

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  THE ASH MISSION

We build a better world as we become better human beings, hear and value every voice, keep every promise, and celebrate every achievement. 

THE ASH VISION

We are determined to create a school where everyone is confident and able to take control of their own learning, and the world is our classroom.