PRIMARY SCHOOL LOTTERY – AMSTERDAM
Was your child born between 1 January and 30 April 2020, and do you live in Amsterdam?
If so, then your school lottery deadline is on Thursday, June 1st.
You’ll have to hand in your application form at the first school of your preference, in person.
On this form you rank at least five schools in order of your preference.
You have equal priority for the eight central schools closest to your house. You may also list schools where you don’t have priority, but you should realize that your chances will be smaller there.
In this video I explain how the school lottery system in Amsterdam works. The video is a bit old, but still relevant.
Is it still confusing you? Book your 1-on-1 call through the Families page on the New2NL website, and I’ll guide you through it.
Good luck– I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you! I would appreciate if you could let me know at which school your child got a spot after the lottery.
Do you want to learn more about the Dutch education system?
- In this Doodly video I explain the educational philosophies, religions and concepts a lot of Dutch schools have been based on: https://youtu.be/CMP7Yv1UNlU. Do you prefer to read? The same info you’ll find in this article: https://new2nl.com/dutch-schools-based-on-an-educational-philosophy-or-religion/.
- I have contributed to this The Dutch Way of Learning video, a mini-documentary about the Dutch education system, www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyJ7GWyeBIY. This is a part of the ‘Feeling at Home in the Netherlands’ series produced by Global Business Academy for International Newcomers Amsterdam (IN Amsterdam) and the municipality of Amstelveen.
- In this recent article I wrote for Expatica you can learn more about the Dutch primary school system: www.expatica.com/nl/education/children-education/primary-schools-in-the-netherlands-150741/.
- I have written an article about the difficult choice between Dutch and international education: https://new2nl.com/international-school-or-go-dutch/. Maybe that helps you in taking the best decisions for your family. This is the Doodly video version of this story: https://youtu.be/iVrnZPuqO8Q.
Translation of the blank application form (central schools):
Personal details of child
Mijn kind is een jongen / meisje / anders / geen opgave: My child is a boy/girl/other/no answer
Voornaam kind: First name of child
Achternaam kind: Last name of child
Woonadres (straat + huisnummer): Current address of child (street name + house number)
Postcode: Postcode / ZIP code (you’ll get priority for the eight schools closest to your house)
Geboortedatum kind:……(date of birth of child, DD-MM-YYYY; in order to avoid confusion, please write the name of the month in letters)
Gegevens contactouder (wettelijk vertegenwoordiger) Personal details of first parent/guardian
De heer/mevrouw/familie: Mr./Ms/family (circle which one is applicable)
Achternaam: Last name
Voorletters: Initials (first letter of first name, and middle name(s) – if applicable) (Not of last name)
Telefoonnummer: Phone number
Emailadres: Email address
In case the parent lives at a different address than the child, s/he needs to fill out their address below. If the same, leave blank.
Tick the applicable boxes (This only applies to your #1 school):
1/ An older sibling is already at the same school -> add name of older sibling
2/ Your child has a VVE-indication, they attend the connected preschool, and this school is in your priority area (some more rules apply),
3/ Your child attends the preschool of an IKC/brede school, and this school is in your priority area
4/ A parent has a fixed contract at the school
Schoolvoorkeur: Choice of schools
Please list at least five schools in order of your preference (your favorite school comes at #1)
Aanvullende opmerkingen: Additional comments
When you sign this form, you declare to have answered the questions truthfully.
Datum: Today’s date
Naam ouder/verzorger: First + last name of parent/guardian
Handtekening ouder/verzorger: signature of parent/guardian