Hermann Wesselink College is preparing the new International Crossover Class (ICC) for international children aged 11 and 12. We will start in August 2021. You are welcome to join!

What is the International Crossover Class?


The International Crossover Class (ICC) offers high-quality education for international students wanting to start or continue international curriculum schooling. Children aged 10, 11 or 12 who are new to the Netherlands and have not decided whether they will continue in Dutch, bilingual or international education can opt for the ICC as it provides a crossover year for students in this unique situation.

In the Dutch education system, secondary schooling starts a year later than in the international system. Students that have finished international primary schooling and wish to enrol in Dutch secondary education therefore need a bridging year. During the ICC year, students complete Middle Years 1 (MY1) of the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC). Pearson Maths and Cambridge International Lower Secondary English are used alongside the IMYC program of study. All lessons are taught in English. Students wishing to go on to Dutch bilingual education must be reasonably proficient in Dutch to do so. During the ICC year, we provide supplementary Dutch lessons. It is however the family's responsibility to ensure that the child reaches the level of Dutch required for the bilingual stream.

The ICC has a maximum class size of 20 to 22 students. The annual school fee is € 2,250 per student.

The International Crossover Class is part of the Hermann Wesselink College, in Amstelveen, which offers secondary education in both Dutch and bilingual streams. We are enthusiastic and proud to be launching our new International Crossover Class in collaboration with the Amstelland International Primary School. Click here to download our ICC Information Leaflet.

Our motto:

The HWC school motto is: Everybody is equal; nobody is the same.

Our vision:

  • Through the International Middle Years Curriculum, we aim to deliver an internationally researched, learner-focused curriculum with engaging units of learning that serve to develop both internationally-minded and globally competent citizens.
  • Central to the philosophy of the IMYC is how learning occurs in the adolescent brain and the importance of making connections in learning. This is done using ‘The Big Idea’, which provides a central theme that overarches all the Subject, Personal and International Learning Goals in each unit (e.g., ‘Balance’ or ‘Adaptability’).

Our mission:

  • We promote curiosity, connectedness, and compassion
  • We encourage students to constantly seek to broaden their minds and horizons
  • Through their learning, students will be able to rise to the challenges of the modern world
  •  We encourage our students to be responsible and engaged
  • We have respect for ourselves and each other
  • We inspire each other to achieve excellence
  • We believe that learning and growth shape confident individuals
  • We are compassionate, welcoming and caring

ICC Valued Attributes:

As an ICC student, I aim to be:
  • adaptable
  • a communicator
  • a collaborator
  • empathetic
  • ethical
  • resilient
  • respectful
  • a thinker
  • open-minded