Register your child at DENISE


Enrolling at DENISE is possible for all students aged 4 to 18 years. Children under 4 years old go through the Central Enrollment Policy (Stedelijk Toelatingsbeleid). You can find all the information through the links below.

Good to know:

  • Many parents are interested in enrolling their child at DENISE, so we only process requests via email. Your message will then be directed to the right place quickly.
  • Visits to our school or phone contact are possible by appointment only.
  • Read about our admission policy in our admission policy document.
  • Many of our classes are already at full capacity (maximum of 24 students per class). We offer you the option to put your child on the waiting list.

Information sessions

We warmly welcome you to one of the information sessions.


Information session at the school. Our primary school team leader(s) will tell you about DENISE's primary school. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and explore our primary school. The sessions are from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM.

  • Thursday, October 19, 2023 - you can sign up via this LINK
  • Thursday, December 14, 2023 - you can sign up via this LINK
  • Thursday, March 14, 2024 - you can sign up via this LINK
  • Thursday, June 13, 2024 - you can sign up via this LINK


ONLINE information session for parents and students abroad. During the session, there will be a presentation about DENISE and the programs to be followed, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. The information session is from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on the following dates:

< 4 years

4-12 years

12-18 years

Students under 4 years old

Enrolling at DENISE for students under 4 years old is done through the Central Enrollment Policy (Stedelijk Toelatingsbeleid). When a child turns four years old, they can attend primary school. The registration and allocation process for spots in most Amsterdam primary schools work the same way. Around your child's third birthday, you will receive a preference form (voorkeursformulier) and an explanatory brochure about the admission policy from the Municipality of Amsterdam.

You can find more information about the admission policy on the Municipality of Amsterdam's website.

Submitting the Preferred School Form from the City Admission Policy:

  • Children born before May 1, 2020: The application period has passed, but you can send an email to
  • Children born between May 1 and August 31, 2020: Deadline is November 2, 2023.
  • Children born after August 31, 2020: Dates will be announced later.

You can email the preferred school form to

Following the submission deadline, in March, June, and November, under the responsibility of the school boards, placement for all registered children is automated. Every child has an equal chance of placement under equal conditions. The goal is to offer children a spot at their highest preferred school. If there are enough spots available at a school, all children who applied to that school are placed. When there are more applications for DENISE than available spots, a lottery is conducted. Your child will participate in the lottery based on the order of schools you provided. Priority placement is given first, followed by other applications. If your child is not placed in DENISE through the lottery, they will be considered for the next preferred school/schools you listed. The following priority rules are applied during placement:

  1. If a younger sibling attends the first-choice school when the enrolled child turns 4.
  2. Children with DENISE as their first choice outside the postal code area have priority over students within the postal code area who listed DENISE as their 2nd or lower choice.

Since DENISE is a highly sought-after school, we advise you to list at least 5 schools on the form.

Students aged between 4 and 12 years old

In our primary school, we provide bilingual instruction - three days in Dutch and two days in English. It's beneficial if your child speaks one of the languages.

To enroll your child in our primary education, please send an email to

Include the following information in the email:

  • Your child's name and birthdate.
  • Which school and grade your child is currently attending, or when your child will arrive in the Netherlands.
  • A brief motivation.

We will then assess if there's a spot available in the appropriate group for your child and may offer you a place on the waiting list if necessary.

Students aged between 12 and 18 years old

  • DENISE offers a three-year bridge class (grades 9, 10, and 11).
  • We provide diploma programs for VMBO-TL, HAVO, and IB (International Baccalaureate) diplomas.
  • Dutch is a mandatory subject; if your child doesn't fully master the Dutch language, they first join one of our language classes.
  • Our IB diploma program is entirely in English, and Dutch is a mandatory subject.
  • We pay special attention to newcomers or students with language challenges.


Newcomers start in our newcomers program with a temporary curriculum. Their age upon arrival in the Netherlands should be between 12 years and 17 years and 10 months. During this period, they learn the basics of the Dutch language, and their learning level and potential are assessed. Based on these outcomes, they are then placed at either Mundus College (VMBO-B/K and practical education) or DENISE (from VMBO-TL to IB). The newcomers group is located at Van Hallstraat 621 in Amsterdam.

If a student is eligible to come to DENISE (based on their educational level), they will start in a language class. There, they mainly study Dutch as a Second Language to reach B1 level (European reference level). Once their Dutch language skills are sufficient, they can transition as soon as possible to our regular bilingual classes or English-language IB education (with Dutch as a mandatory subject).

To enroll, once your child has arrived in the Netherlands, you should schedule an appointment with the newcomers student administration at Mundus College using the phone number +31 20 585 4854.


Students who are already attending school in the Netherlands or have a good command of the Dutch language (but not well enough for mainstream Dutch secondary education) fall under "zij-instroom" admissions. Spots are limited, as our classes are generally full (maximum of 24 students).

Firstly, we refer you to our admission policy, which outlines the conditions for acceptance. To register (for the waiting list) for our secondary education, send an email to

Provide the following information in the email:

- Your child's name and birthdate.
- The current school, education, and level your child is attending.
- A brief motivation.

We will then assess if there are possibilities/spots available and inform you about any further steps.

If you have a question that is not answered on our website, send an email to Your question will be answered as soon as possible. School visits and phone contact are by appointment only.

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