What Makes The Hague School Unique?

Harkness Discussions

With no rows of desks, our students are engaged  in daily Harkness discussions in every class, every day.  These discussions build critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills in a respectful atmosphere.  Students develop confidence as they learn to substantiate their ideas and find their voice at the table.

International Baccalaureate Curriculum*

Beginning in the 9th grade, students integrate the IB’s learner profile attributes in each class to prepare them for the Diploma Programme* in the 11th and 12th grades.  This curriculum pairs nicely with Harkness learning by emphasizing the “how” and “why” as students develop a positive worldview.

Cross-Curricular Learning

By design, we are a small school with a focused mission, personalized instruction, and unique student opportunities.  We integrate innovative technology and experiential learning to help students connect theory and practice as they take an active role in their own educational experience.

The Hague School is a Candidate School* for the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that The Hague School believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP).  Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org

This unique combination translates into increased engagement, better learning and retention, higher standardized test scores**, greater confidence, and enhanced interpersonal skills.

**  All of our 9th graders increased their PSAT scores from 2019 to 2020, with an average increase of 160 points.

Focus Areas

Scientific and Creative Arts

Cross-curricular approaches offer project centered and experiential coursework in conjunction with local professionals and businesses, giving students real world experience.


Creative and Performing Arts

Engaging electives permit students to practice and refine their skills in music, dance, art, theater, and film on our stage under the guidance of master performers.

Service Projects

It is expected that every student will, at a minimum, complete a one week service project each year.  Eleventh and twelfth grade students will be encouraged to design a service project that involves exposure to a foreign culture and language as they complete their 100 hour IB Creativity, Activity, & Service projects.
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