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Welcome to the information site of the Dutch Language Program of 
the British International School of Houston.

The British International School of Houston offers Dutch Language and Culture (NTC) education to Dutch-speaking children. Education is supervised by the Dutch Ministry of Education and supported by the NOB Foundation (Dutch Education Abroad). The British School of Houston currently has approximately 50 NTC students. In the current setting, Dutch Language and Culture Education is offered to students aged 3 to 16, including support for students who have chosen Dutch as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

A Dutch language enrichment program is offered for our pre-schoolers (EY / Y1), in which the Dutch teacher works with the children twice a week during the regular class schedule.

The children from Y2 (groep 3) to Y9 (year 2 of secondary education) receive 3 hours of Dutch lessons per week from a qualified teacher before and after school. This means they do not have to be taken somewhere after school, which saves you and your child an extra burden after school.

For secondary school students in Y10 / Y11 (year 3 and 4 of secondary education), Dutch is an optional subject within the so-called enrichment program. They too are taught three hours a week. We are working towards a CNaVT (Certificate Dutch as a Foreign Language) exam at B1 or B2 level at the end of Y11. Successful completion of the B2 exam “Educatief Start Bekwaam” gives access to most Dutch and Belgian colleges and universities. Depending on the chosen field of study, the certificate is valid for 2-5 years.

During their IB study in Y12 / Y13 (year 5 and 6 of secondary education), the students can either prepare for the CNaVT exam (if this has not yet been taken at the end of the fourth year) or become more proficient in Dutch through distance learning and preparing for the IB exam Dutch Language A Literature SL self-taught. Upon successful completion of the exam, students obtain a bilingual IB diploma (English and Dutch). The student’s official IB diploma will then receive a special note that the student has been trained bilingual; a valuable mention!



If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email the board of NTC at the BISH via: NTCBritishSchoolHouston@gmail.com.

You can find more information about the BISH on the website: British International School of Houston

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