Study Information

Compulsory education applies in the Netherlands until the age of 18. A student has to attend school every day. The necessary study information for ISK is stated below and provides insight in the following topics:

Admission standards

The following admission standards apply to follow classes at ISK:

  • The student insufficiently masters the Dutch language in order to be able to directly follow classes in the regular secondary (special) education mbo.
  • The student is between the age of 12 and 18.
  • No requirements are set to the prior educational status of the student. The ISK is therefore fully accessible (no-thresholds).

Group allocation

The students of the ISK differ significantly in terms of age, pre-education, capacity and cultural background. We therefore work with level groups. Tests are administrated twice a year. Based upon these tests is determined whether students are possibly transferred to another group. The group contains approximately 18 students. Each group has a mentor who provides intensive guidance. The starting groups are mainly educated in the Dutch language. In addition, attention is paid to computer education. In the outflow groups, the students are educated in the subjects biology, English and practical subjects such as technique, care and subjects such as digital skills and sports.

Progress

The duration of the education for students at the ISK depends on the individual situation. An education takes, on average, one and a half to two years.

Approach

As of the first day, Dutch is the main language spoken within all classes. ISK uses specially developed Dutch language programmes for foreign-language students. In addition to Dutch, a lot of attention is paid to:

  • Visualisation
  • Dramatisation, showing and imitating
  • Difference in pace and subject matter
  • Regular assessment of the progress of the education process
  • Development of self-governing abilities
  • Learn to work independently
  • Cooperation
  • Homework

Advice

All teachers render their advice in April regarding the most suitable form of secondary education for every student in the end groups. The recommendation is based on test results, capacities and a careful consideration of pre-education, proficiency level of the Dutch language and age. In addition, commitment, learning behaviour and progress play an important role. The advice is discussed with students, parents/caregivers or contact persons.

Outflow

The ISK has six pathways towards outflow, namely:

  • Pathway 1: Practical education (12-17 years of age)
  • Pathway 1: Guidance toward work (17-18 years of age)
  • Pathway 2: Vmbo basic/staff (12-16 years of age)
  • Pathway 2: Mbo entry / Mbo 2 (16+ years of age)
  • Pathway 3: Vmbo staff / tl, havo / vwo (12-16 years of age)
  • Pathway 3: Mbo 3-4, hbo, vavo (16+ years of age)

Application

New students can be registered by completing and sending the application form. The application form can be downloaded here but it is obviously also possible to apply for the form through email or telephone at the administration of the school. Following the receipt of the application form, you will be invited for an intake-interview at the school. After that, an intake procedure follows which will be further explained during the interview.

Study costs

A large part of the costs for following an education will be paid by the government. However, there are some costs the student has to pay himself, such as the voluntary parental contribution.

School contribution

We also have a parental contribution of € 50,- for the students. This parental contribution is used to pay for all the extracurricular activities. These activities consist of:

  • Celebration of Sinterklaas and Christmas
  • Sports day
  • Ice skating
  • Trip to the Efteling
  • Activity at the end of the school year

School absenteeism

We, as a school, are obliged to report school absenteeism but also being late to the Bureau for Compulsory Educational Matters. When a student regularly fails to attend or when a student is often late, it may lead to a referral to the Bureau HALT!

School agreements and rules

Everyone has to be able to feel and be safe within our school. We have made a number of school agreements and rules within ISK for this purpose, namely:

These four letters stand for:

Safe

  • We believe that everyone must be able to feel safe within the school.
  • Alcohol, drugs and weapons do not belong in our school.
  • It is dangerous to ride your bicycle or moped at the school yard. You get off at the gate.
  • Running and screaming in hallways and classrooms makes other people feel unsafe.

Responsible

  • We respectfully handle matters of the school and of others.
  • We make sure the school yard remains clean.
  • You are allowed to snack, eat and drink during breaks. We only eat and drink in the auditorium or at the school yard.
  • You go to the auditorium or outside during breaks.
  • You are solely responsible for all your schoolwork.
  • I leave the site of the school 15 minutes after my last lesson. If I want to wait for someone, I do so calmly outside on a bench or in the auditorium.

Friendly

  • We interact with each other respectfully, in a normal way.
  • We do not discriminate and bully.
  • I hang my jacket on the coat rack upon arrival and I place my valuable stuff in my locker.
  • You have to be approachable within the building. You only listen to music outside or in the auditorium using earplugs.
  • You always follow the instructions of the people working at the school.

Sensible

  • You arrive in class on time. You have the matters needed during class with you and these are immediately placed on your table when the lesson starts.
  • You have made or learned the homework given.
  • You make sure the teacher is able to teach undisrupted.
  • You carefully put away your telephone upon entry. The telephone is switched off unless the teacher asks you to use it in class.
  • You only listen to music and read messages in the auditorium or outside at the yard.
  • You only make phone calls outside the building, during breaks or after school.

ISK is never responsible for loss and theft of property of students and teachers. You can always be reached through the administration of the school in the event of urgent matters.

All rights and obligations applicable to you as a student of the school are included in the student charter.

Reliability in the event of damage

The board of directors, daily management and the employees of the school are not liable for the students losing or breaking any property. We therefore recommend not to bring large amounts of money or valuable goods to school. When a student causes damage to the school, furniture, learning resources, teachers, other students or properties of others, the parents/caregivers are responsible for the damage caused. It is therefore advisable for the parents/caregivers to take out a liability insurance for private persons (statutory liability insurance).