Introducing the Amsterdam Liberal Art & Sciences Academy (ALASCA)

Introducing the Amsterdam Liberal Art & Sciences Academy (ALASCA)


ALASCA is an innovative and ambitious school providing pre-academic education at havo and vwo+ level in the Dutch educational system and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP). Their progressive approach to learning and teaching at ALASCA has resulted in their high standard, which can also be seen in the safe yet cognitively challenging environment for learning.

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In addition, ALASCA focuses on Digital Skills, Philosophy, Conceptual Thinking & Problem Solving, Research Methodology, and Languages alongside a wide general education based on the concept of Liberal Arts and Sciences. They are a digital school where their students develop in a 21st-century skills environment.

Location and building

The school is located on Zeeburgereiland, a relatively new island situated in the east of Amsterdam, which provided the founders with a unique possibility to design a modern and spacious campus which takes advantage of natural light. This enhances the optimum learning environment as well as the instruction which the students receive in the classrooms.

Moreover, ALASCA has a campus where much of the learning will take place in provided specialised workplaces for music, design tech, and art as well as an extensive library.

ALASCA interior 1

International Community

ALASCA has a unique position as it provides an interdisciplinary curriculum within the Dutch secondary school (US high school) as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for international and Dutch students. They provide internationally recognised education for everyone. Therefore, asking for a smaller than usual fee for international schooling, which amounts to 1.250 euros per year.

As a Dutch havo / vwo+ school with an international department, it is their vision that DP students can learn more about Dutch culture by following their Dutch Ab Initio class (Dutch for beginners). To further promote integration, extra-curricular activities will also most often be with students from outside of the DP groups.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP)

As a young and innovative secondary school in Amsterdam, ALASCA has not only been attracting a noticeable group of students with at least one expat parent, but also students who are interested in the global community with an education given in the English language. Being part of Esprit Scholen, together with IB schools the AICS and DENISE, ALASCA was given the opportunity to start a Liberal Arts and Sciences based Diploma Programme curriculum for the 2021-2022 school year.

Because of the interest in an English Gamma curriculum, with an internationally recognised diploma providing entrance to relevant universities, ALASCA is expanding the placing availability for DP1 coming school year 2022-2023. Admission is open until all spots are filled. 

ALASCA Interior 2


ALASCA has an annual schedule consisting of four terms, where each term is eight to 10 weeks long. The DP students have classes five days a week. A school day has three parts, the first class will start at 9.00 and end at 12.00, the second class will start at 12.30 and end at 15.00 and the third class will start at 15.00 and end at 16.30. Most days are from 9.00 until 15.00, after which students have the possibility to work on assignments at school until 16.30.


Year 1, Term 1






Morning: 9.00-12.00

Psychology HL

Language and Literature English

Supervised Study Time (SST)

Dutch B SL


Afternoon: 12.30-15.00

Theory of Knowledge


Design Technology SL

Language and Literature English

Visual Arts

Extra period: 15.00-16.30






Contact ALASCA

For more information, please visit the English section of the ALASCA website for more general information and if you are interested in enrolling please visit the external admission page. You can also call them at 020-262 32 40 or contact them via email.

Geertje Wielemaplein 1
1095 MM Amsterdam



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