Welcome to American School of The Hague, or “ASH” as it has been known for over fifty years. ASH offers a learner-centered, American curriculum modified for the needs of our international student and parent population.
Our mission speaks for itself: “American School of The Hague nurtures and inspires character, commitment, creativity, and learning.” These are not just platitudes; they represent the filter through which all of us connected with the school, from the Trustees on down, process every decision we make.
Our student body is approximately 26% US and 12% Dutch, with the remaining 62% coming from 74 other nationalities, mirroring the diversity of cultures that make The Hague such a rich environment. Our students come mainly from the international business and diplomatic community, but our many Dutch families add a host country flavor to our multicultural mix.
Our School is comprised of 3 divisions – Elementary School (from Preschool through Grade 4), Middle School (Grades 5-8), and High School (Grades 9-12).
Our instructional approach focuses on the close but respectful student-teacher relationships that characterize American education. Our curriculum includes Advanced Placement courses and the International Baccalaureate Diploma, and is broad enough to suit the needs of our diverse population. ASH believes in service to the community, and we recognize that The Hague’s image as the “World’s City of Justice” is a standard ASH should rightly emulate.
ASH believes in self-renewal and searching out best practices so that our students may participate in a rich, educational experience. Our students, in turn, are active, intelligent and creative learners. These positive attitudes unite us across all levels at ASH.
Our parents are our partners in the education of their children. Parents volunteer in classrooms, are active in the Parent Teacher Organization, are on the School’s Board of Trustees, and are on education advisory committees to lend their voices to our students’ education. We invite and encourage parents to use our website to stay well informed about the activities and learning experiences at ASH.
Enjoy learning more about ASH through this website, and then feel free to contact us with any queries you may have. Better still, come by for a visit. When you see for yourself our excellent campus and experience the family atmosphere for which ASH is well known, you will understand that we take seriously our vision: "American School of The Hague will lead its international learning community through excellent teachers and a range of academic and extra-curricular choices. In a safe and welcoming environment, our educationally and culturally diverse students and staff will strive for excellence and achieve their potential." Join us in that quest.
With warm regards,
Dr. Rick Spradling, Director