The International School Leiden (ISL) will open in September 2022 to cater to the children of a growing expatriate community in the Leiden region.
Starting in the city centre, our own diverse community of students, staff and faculty members from across the globe will grow to take up a new campus in the near future equipped with innovative learning facilities.
Leiden, birthplace of Rembrandt and known as the Sleutelstad (“the key city”) in reference to the keys in its coat of arms, is home to 120.000 people. Located at the confluence of the Old and New Rhine rivers in the province of South Holland, Leiden is a picturesque university town with many canals, almshouses and museums. The Spanish nearly conquered the city, but were successfully expelled on October 3, 1574. This day, known as Leidens Ontzet or the Relief of Leyden, continues to be commemorated each year, with a huge celebration whose fair, parade, fireworks, musical performances, and many parties attract hundreds of thousands of people to this small city. William I of Orange was so impressed with Leiden’s heroic resistance, he rewarded them with the foundation of the University of Leiden in 1575. Leiden remains a university city to this day attracting many international students. Well known across the globe for it’s education, it may sound as a surpise that Leiden never before hosted an International School. That now changes with the foundation of ISL.