The International School of Aruba offers two levels of Dutch within the World Language program. The most challenging Dutch classes are offered for native speakers, with a curriculum that reflects what is taught in Dutch schools. If students return to the Netherlands, they can continue their education without difficulty. In addition, ISA offers Dutch for non-native speakers, allowing children of many other nationalities, including Venezuelan and American, to study Dutch as a foreign language. The curriculum for these classes uses a variety of teaching materials, resources, and techniques to meet the developmental level of each student.
ISA initiated its Dutch program at the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels in the school year 1998-1999 (primair and voortgezet onderwijs). Dutch classes in Middle and High School work toward ‘Landsexamen’ Mavo, Havo, or VWO, held at the ‘Examenbureau’ in Oranjestad. ISA is accredited by the Stichting NOB (Nederlands Onderwijs in het Buitenland / Dutch Education Abroad) and successfully passed an inspection visit in December 2015. The school qualifies for and receives some financial support from the Netherlands. ISA follows the general core goals for Dutch Language Teaching as established by the Minister of Education.
ISA’s Dutch teachers are qualified educators who include Dutch culture in their curriculum. Students discuss current events in the Netherlands, receive practical opportunities to use and develop Dutch language skills, make oral presentations, and read Dutch literature throughout all levels of the program.