Lighthouse Special Education

Admission Procedures

Application Information

Thank you for your interest in the Lighthouse Special Education school. On this page you can find essential information about our admission process.

The Lighthouse Special Education school admits children aged 5 to 12  years of age. Children may be admitted at any time during the school year subject to the availability of places.

There is also a Lighthouse Early Intervention program based in the inclusive pre-school Three Little Ships for children with developmental delays or other special needs that may affect their further development. Priority is given to children who, at the start of the academic year, are 3 years old before the 1st October in that year. In some very exceptional situations, a child may be considered for entry to the Early Intervention program before their third birthday. To find out more about the Three Little Ships pre-school, click here

Please note, the Admissions department of the Lighthouse Special Education does not handle applications for the  HSV International Department. If you wish to enrol your child into the International Department, click here

Entrance Criteria

Admission requirements stipulate that children admitted to Lighthouse Special Education must be:

  • either of non-Dutch nationality with parents working temporarily in the Netherlands ;
  • of Dutch nationality, returning to the Netherlands having already received international education in English for at least two years and need to continue their education in English;
  • or of Dutch nationality, expecting to leave the country within two years, and thatthe child will attend an international or English speaking establishment in their new country of residence.

Children are admitted to Lighthouse Special Education in accordance with Dutch law, including the law for Tailored Education (Passend Onderwijs) and in consultation with The Hague’s Schools Co-operative SPPOH. All children have to receive a Statement of Eligibility (Toelatingsverklaring) from the local Dutch Education Board of the district in which they live. The Lighthouse  school staff will assist in the application for this Statement.

Application Form and Necessary Documentation
For both the Early Intervention program and the Lighthouse Special Education school, please complete and submit an Application Form for Lighthouse and Three Little Ships together with a copy of the child’s passport and recent school reports (if applicable). Please provide as much detail as possible about your child’s learning needs and include copies of assessments from the last two years, including assessments by psychologists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and other professionals. These reports should be translated into English. Proof of eligibility in the form of a letter from the employer or copy of the temporary contract are also required to complete a child’s application.


Once the application form has been received, the Director will contact you for a meeting to discuss the application. following the meeting and after discussion with the Pupil Monitoring Co-ordinator, a decision will be made as to whether Lighthouse Special Education is a viable option for your child. Sometimes it is necessary for the Lighthouse school staff to speak to your child’s current school or therapists before making a final decision. You will be asked to sign a form agreeing to the exchange of information with other professionals and schools before contact is made. Additional assessments are also sometimes required. and these may be completed by Lighthouse Assessment Team. The fees for assessment are listed on the page called  Financial Matters

Admissions Contact Information
If you have a query relating to your child’s application, do not hesitate to contact us either by telephone or email:
Telephone: +31(0)70-33 55 698

Completed applications can either be emailed or, alternatively, posted to:
Lighthouse Special Education
Van Heutszstraat 12
2593 PJ Den Haag
The Netherlands