In 1983, Het Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest was issued a licence by the Dutch government, allowing it to provide international education alongside the Dutch curriculum. The choice was made then – and 25 years later this is still the case – to organise Dutch and international streams alongside each other, in which students share the same campus, classrooms and facilities.
At Het Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest International School, this ‘two schools-one building’ formula has given students from outside the Netherlands the opportunity to follow an international curriculum in English (International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programmes) in a Dutch setting. Often, international schools are communities tucked away on their own campuses, which makes it harder for students to integrate into, and develop, an understanding of Dutch culture and society. At Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest this happens naturally.