Wassenaar, The Netherlands

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Wassenaar, Netherlands: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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"The school is a good fit for families that prioritize a quick integration into the community for their children and families. The staff is well trained in ensuring kids' needs are identified and recognized early for a successful transition. ASH is trying to find a balance between its American education mission and its large number of northern European families that prefer a gentler educational approach in early education years - thus, families coming from rigorous suburban public or private schools may find the curriculum less challenging at the elementary and middle school levels. The majority of teachers are very strong and have extensive experience in international schools. However, the school has a difficult time parting with less effective teachers. For families that prioritize the education of the student as a whole individual and a successful transition to a new country, this is a welcoming environment. For those that prioritize strong educational quality above all else, it is not," commented one expat when asked about American School of the Hague in Wassenaar.

"If your child has high IQ you should discuss it with the admissions and teachers in advance," remarked another expat living in Wassenaar with children attending American School of The Hague in Wassenaar.

"The elementary school has a new principal (Tim Messick) who has really taken the division to the "next level." Small class sizes, teacher assistants, and purposeful curriculum. New "Writer's Workshop" curriculum has been wonderful. I've been very happy. Middle School (5-8) is very interactive and their annual "Project Trips" are a real highlight for the kids. My children have really enjoyed their middle school year. High School (9-12) has a variety of different programs: full IB, a number of AP courses, or general. My children combined IB certificates with AP and general courses so that a program could be tailored to their specific needs and desires," said another expat in Wassenaar with children at American School of The Hague.

"Individuals considering ASH need to understand that they are really enrolling in an international school, not an American school as the name implies. Most (not all) elementary school teachers are excellent. The Middle School has a wonderful learning environment but tends to run wait-lists so plan early. The High School is adequate though a bit disappointing for the price. Limited class offerings, some teachers lack teaching talent; additionally, priority is given to IB students so non-IB students may have serious scheduling conflicts," remarked another parent with kids at American School of the Hague in Wassenaar.

"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," explained one expat living in Wassenaar, Netherlands.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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