American School of The Hague
Blend of International and American curriculums
Pre-K - 13
Bus, walk, bike
Excellent facilities, well-staffed, good range of extra-curriculars, especially strong in drama. Band, Jazz Band, Choir, Model UN, multiple sports in middle and high school, Odessey of The Mind competition, fine arts, scouts.
The school has developed a wonderful transitions program over the last 5 years to serve the students and parents, with a weaker link for the faculty. The program has been presented at many ECIS conferences. Families are contacted from pre-arrival and followed through leaving. There are student ambassadors in MS and HS.
Excellent PTA, strong parental imvolvement although primarily from the North American groups. This is one of the most active schools we've participted in.
If you want the availability of both American and International studies (AP and IB) with an American spirit of community and lots of extra-curriculars, this is the school for you. While there are some weaker teachers, the overall product is good. Americans who are coming from a very competitive suburban school district might find ASH a bit less rigorous and families from other countries might find the school challenging in some areas. Lots of team projects and public speaking are expected - more "American" in flavor. Graduates get into fine universities world-wide. The kids all have great self-esteem.