De Ceder is different from other schools. Therefore, a few answers to questions that may arise.
De Ceder is all about translating the Christian faith, with its values and norms, into everyday life. Love and discipline, forgiveness and justice, honesty and respect, responsibility and perseverance, are among our core values. The day starts with a day-start; prayer and personal attention are highly valued. The Bible is the basis of all our work.
De Ceder is not tied to any particular denomination; students come from a variety of churches and Christian congregations.
It is our desire that the family and the school work together on the basis of shared principles in order to serve the best interests of the child.
Small, safe and responsible; educational and fun. There are student regulations to provide clarity about school rules. We value openness and respectful interaction between school administration, teachers, students and parents.
In accordance with our English school system, we promote a healthy school climate by maintaining a common but casual dress code in the form of a school uniform. In this, the boys wear neat pants, the girls a skirt or dress. This is purchased by the school and paid for by parents.
Yes, De Ceder is an international school recognized by the Dutch government. The English ICCE, accredited for this purpose by the British and Dutch governments, monitors quality. Parents of students enrolled at De Ceder thus comply with the Compulsory Education Act.
De Ceder is open to interested students if both the students and their parents subscribe to our foundation and regulations. The admission procedure includes an introductory visit, an interview between school management, parents and child. The board decides on final admission.
The school has a very diverse school population. Some of the parents come from abroad and work (temporarily) in the Netherlands. Their children may have followed the same school system in another country. But the school also has a large number of children of Dutch-speaking parents.
The reasons parents choose a school like ICS De Ceder are multifaceted. For some it is the English-language education, for others the small-scale character. The overarching — and often decisive — factor for all parents is the emphatically Christian character of the school and the way it teaches.
De Ceder currently has students as young as 4 years old and has grown into a school that offers education up to 18-19 years old. Because of its proprietary curriculum and English classes, we strongly urge parents not to enroll their child only halfway (after primary education, from the age of 12), but to place them at De Ceder at the earliest possible age. This prevents delays and makes things much easier for the child and the school.
De Ceder’s educational system is very specific. The younger a child becomes familiar with it, the better off they will be. In our experience, transferring around age 12, on average, causes a 1.5 to 2 year delay in high school graduation and we do not encourage this. We are very reluctant to accept children over the age of 8. Please see the school administration for more information.
The main stream of education is in English. Gradually children will learn more and more English, starting in a simple way with the “pre-schoolers” (from the age of 4). Also because of English, it is recommended that children start at De Ceder early in their school years. For children who enter later in life, an extension of school time of 1 or 2 years should be taken into account.
The subject Dutch is compulsory for children who are Dutch-speaking. This Dutch is taught by qualified teachers and is supervised by the Dutch Education Inspectorate.
De Ceder values good and open contact between teachers and parents. The school offers Parent Meetings several times a year. Your participation in these shows your commitment to your child’s progress and to the school.
De Ceder is not funded by the government, so parents bear the cost of their child’s education. In addition to the monthly cost of tuition, a parental contribution may be required for extra school activities. Please check with the school administration for current costs.
Teachers do their work literally and figuratively “pro bono”. Unpaid and out of vocation. Thanks to them, this private education is feasible for you. The costs are mainly in teaching materials and housing.
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