The Amsterdam International Community School

The AICS is now 13 years old, and offers international education in English to over 1,200 students. The main location is based in Amsterdam Zuid at the World Trade Centre. To help take the pressure off their waiting lists, a second location has recently been opened a short distance away, in Buitenveldert.
The community school aspect is very much a part of AICS’ DNA. They believe in the power of education within the community and subscribe to values such as integrity, diversity and enquiry. These are all very powerful values. After three moves, and a fourth on its way, the AICS is maturing as a school. From the very beginning, it has been the AICS’ nature to break out of the typical international school cocoon and to connect with the world. Something that more and more international schools are aiming to do these days. The AICS feels that this allows them to not only have an impact on the expat community as well as the typical international school scene (schools that offer education to internationally-mobile children), but also on the regular Dutch school scene that is rapidly becoming more international as well. The internationalisation of education is another reason why they can be helpful to more students.