New! Distance education
Do you live far away from one of our locations? Then our Distance Education program might be something for your children. Private or in a small group. Unique because DSSV regularly organizes physical meet-ups. This allows you to reap the benefits of the convenience of online education and the benefits of the social contact of traditional education.
Accredited Dutch-language primary education
The DSSV offers proven high-quality primary education and prepares students for the international world. We ensure that the Dutch language is maintained at the highest level in addition to the English language at the American school. The DSSV falls under the Inspectorate of Education of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture & Science.
Preservation of the native language
Maintaining the mother tongue has important positive cognitive effects on the development of multilingualism. Learning another language is easier for children with a well-developed mother tongue.
Experience shows that multilingual children have more conscious and unconscious knowledge of language. Moreover, skills such as problem solving, creativity and adaptability increase in multilingual children. These are valuable 21st century skills that come in handy in our modern society. A good command of the mother tongue makes an important contribution to the development of your child and leads to better school results.
If sufficient attention is paid to the Dutch language at home, this is usually enough for young children to maintain their mother tongue well. But as soon as your child enters an English-speaking school, that will change. The language spoken at school quickly gets priority, and the quality of Dutch deteriorates. This is also detrimental to the development of language and vocabulary in other subjects such as geography, biology and history.
Connection to secondary education
Our children keep their native language. As a result, when they return to the Netherlands, they can easily find a connection with Dutch (secondary) education and experience a great advantage due to their multilingualism.
Principles of the Dutch School Silicon Valley
The DSSV focuses on promoting the Dutch language among Dutch and Flemish children living in the San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding areas with a view to a possible return to the Netherlands or Belgium.
Our ambition is that our students can easily enroll in Dutch-language education anywhere in the world.
In addition to the Dutch language, the culture of the Low Countries is also part of our educational program to ensure that the transition to the Dutch or Belgian education system runs as smoothly as possible.
The school also includes children who no longer return to the Netherlands or Belgium, but do want to keep and pass on their Dutch-speaking background.
Students can master basic knowledge and skills at different levels. In doing so a distinction is made between a fundamental level (F) and a target level (S).
Everyone should have reached level 1F at the end of primary school.n Having attained level 1F, as a pupil, is described as having attained the basic knowledge and language skills for Group 8 in the Dutch school system.
In general, NTC education has a great diversity in age groups and language levels. That is why a distinction is made in three categories, called directions ("richtingen" in dutch):
The pupil has the level of peers in the Netherlands.
If the student continues to develop in this way, he will master at least reference level 1F by the age of 12.
The student is a maximum of two years behind peers in the Netherlands.
If the student continues to develop in this way, he will master the reference level 1F by the age of 14 at the latest.
The pupil is more than two years behind peers in the Netherlands.
Whether and when the student has mastered the 1F reference level differs per individual student.
Organization of the lessons
The DSSV teaches in primary education, secondary education and adults. The students are divided into 13 groups: combination groups of 2 / 3A, groups 3b, groups 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and group VO1-3.
At the DSSV, students attend 36 weeks of lessons, supplemented by 6 cultural events.
In group 2, the emphasis is on activities aimed at oral language development and early literacy.
The method used in Group 3A / B is 'Safe Learning to Read' and the 'for-chorus-through' method.
In Groups 4-8 we work with Staal Spelling, Staal Taal and New Concept
We use Nieuw Nederlands in secondary education and preparation for CNAVT certification for direction 1 and 2 students. A CNAVT certificate is required to study at a Dutch or Belgian university.
Culture and Events
During the lessons, Culture (the 'C' within 'NTC') is a regular part of our classes through the themes in the classroom and activities outside the classroom. In the classroom, the themes are important to strengthen the vocabulary of our students. Our cultural activities outside of the classroom are part of the official curriculum and are especially fun for students, parents and brothers and sisters.
The pleasure of reading is stimulated every year by our activities around the Children's Book Week.
4 / 5 May Celebration
Attention to the Dutch and Belgian perspective of the liberation
Not a year can go without a Sinterklaas party for all the sweet children in the area.
In collaboration with the consulate, this day is celebrated with Old Dutch games.
The Elfstedentocht of Silicon Valley, where families of the school gather to ice-skate while enjoying refreshments.
End of year party
To celebrate the end of the year we celebrate around a cultural theme.
Formal registration of new students takes place by completing the registration form. Introduction days are organized at the beginning and halfway through the school year. Parents and students can get to know the school and the teachers in person. After an intake interview, the education team will assess in which class a student can best be placed.
During the intake, an attempt is made to obtain the best possible picture of the student's Dutch language proficiency level and the parents' expectations. Based on this, it is determined in which direction and class the student will be placed. If available, it is advisable to bring a copy of the student file that was received upon departure from the previous school.
For a student who has followed education in the Netherlands, this includes:
Data from the student tracking system or other recent test data
Proof of deregistration from previous school
A possible action plan (IEP)
If a student has followed NTC education elsewhere, the data mentioned is usually also available and the DSSV would like to receive a copy of it.
When placed in the groups, the principles of Dutch education system are adhered to. Within their group, the students work together as much as possible with children of the same level and age. The skill level takes precedent over age.
The development of the student is central within the DSSV. The school offers tutoring to make it possible for students not to fall behind or to accelerate, for example when returning to the Netherlands.
Tuition Fee: USD 250 per month per student for 9 months
Do you not receive an employer's allowance? Then contact us for a scholarship (max. USD 100 per month per student). For the third student, there is a 50% discount on the parental contribution.
The tuition fee includes:
Introductory meeting and placement
Full regular school program from September to May.
36 weekly lessons of 2.5 hours in the afternoon or on Saturday with a permanent teacher or master
Regular Cito tests twice a year
Use the same teaching method as in the classroom in the Netherlands
Adapted to the American education system
Access to digital practice software
Access to physical and digital library
Thorough reporting twice a year
Extra help if necessary when returning to the Netherlands or Belgium
Accreditation and regular inspection by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
Access and preparation for annual CNaVT exams
Workbooks for Safe Learning to Read, Steel or New Dutch
Children's book week celebration with Dutch books and authors
Ice skating at the Winter Lodge
Play King's Day
Play weekly with Dutch-speaking friends
Extra Extra Lessons : USD 50 per hour
Private lessons: USD 75 per hour