RSG Slingerbos | Levant is a state school in which all beliefs are treated with respect. That is to say: everybody is welcome. Our main goal is to provide all pupils with an education that meets the pupils’ needs and allows the pupils to achieve their potential. We believe that there should always be enough room within the education system for social, cultural and sports tutoring. How this is achieved can be found in our (Dutch) school guide on this website.
One school, two locations
The main site RSG Slingerbos is located in Harderwijk and has a student population of approximately 1500 pupils. With a modern building located in a green and pleasant neighbourhood of Harderwijk, Slingerbos has a genuine regional function.
The second site RSG Levant is home to about 600 pupils. The Levant is a campus school on the outskirts of Zeewolde, a new town in the Flevoland province. This site attracts pupils from Zeewolde and the surrounding area.
Both locations profit from a wide range of sport facilities.
Despite the different locations RSG Slingerbos and RSG Levant are still very much one school with one and the same philosophy. This is not only evident in the shared teaching methods and materials, but also in the pupil-teacher relationships at both locations. Employees at both locations work together towards a common goal.
Our aim is to distinguish ourselves as being a school committed to quality and high achievement. Our exam results are consistently high across the ability range.
What we offer
The RSG Slingerbos | Levant offers the following programmes:
- a pre-university education curriculum (known as VWO)
- a bilingual pre-university education curriculum (English/Dutch) (RSG Slingerbos | Levant was recently granted Senior Bilingual School status by the European Platform.)
- a senior general secondary education curriculum (known as HAVO)
- a pre-vocational secondary education curriculum (known as VMBO-TL, also called MAVO)
More information about the Dutch school system is available on the website of the Dutch Ministry of Education.
See diagram below:
The school is effectively split into junior and senior year groups. Each year group is split into a number of MAVO, HAVO and VWO classes; the latter is subdivided into regular VWO and bilingual VWO (or TVWO).
When the pupils first arrive they are placed provisionally according to their achievements at primary level. At the end of their first or foundation year (known in the Netherlands as the brugklas – literally translated “ bridge class”). The placing of the pupils is reviewed in order to ensure that the students follow the educational programme most suited to their ability.
The junior (onderbouw) level pupils are engaged in a wide range of activities; activities designed to provide them not only with the skills needed to function optimally in the senior school but also to enable them to function responsibly in society. The school prides itself in the diversity of activities on offer. Cross-curricular projects are common, but so too are projects which allow the pupils to study subjects in more depth. The school offers a wide range of excursions and international projects.
On successful completion of the junior level the HAVO and VWO pupils are allowed to enter the senior level – the fourth year. By this stage the pupils will have chosen to follow one of four profiles and a variety of optional subjects. Each profile contains a number of compulsory core subjects supplemented by other (relevant) subjects. The four profiles are: Culture and Society, Economics and & Society, Science and Health en Science and Technology. Whilst the main subjects within a profile are examined at national level, a number of the minor subjects are assessed at school level. A pupil must reach a certain accepted level in order to be awarded a diploma.
RSG Levant caters for the junior HAVO, VWO and bilingual students and for junior and senior MAVO students. The HAVO, VWO and bilingual students move to RSG Slingerbos to complete their respective programmes. RSG Slingerbos offers the compete range of educational programmes at both the junior and senior levels.
The TVWO stream is a bilingual stream at VWO level. More than half of the subjects taught in the bilingual stream at junior level are in English. The pupils are taught in English and communicate with the teacher and each other in English. Foundation year pupils are given a month or two to adjust to the use of English after which they are submerged in in the language.
Bilingual activities include: "Day of the Newspaper", "Speaking Competitions", "High Tea", "Halloween", "Shakespeare", "Philias Fogg" (theater), "European and International Orientation". In addition there is a school trip to Newcastle in the first year, an exchange program in the second year and a trip to York with host families in the third year. By the end of the junior school the pupils are almost without exception proficient English speakers.
In the upper years of the TVWO, pupils follow a course which leads to the language A2 of the IB-exam (International Baccalaureate). The IB-Diploma is the highest attainable degree for non-native English language speakers. In the 5th year the TVWO pupils have I-Work. The ‘I-Work Experience’ is an international internship. The pupils arrange, through family and friends, a placement in an English speaking environment. This placement is arranged for a week in April/May. The placement is very often extended at the wish of the students into the spring holiday.
Internationalization is an integral part of the curriculum across all of the subjects. We give that form by initiating e-mailprojects with pupils abroad; by undertaking joint activities or projects in which several countries are involved; by organizing foreign excursions or exchange programs. It is not unusual to bump into RSG-pupils in for example the Czech Republic, England, Italy and Norway.
Our contact for internationalisation is Mrs. I. Keizer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In addition to the bilingual VWO group we also have a number of other specialist groups: the sport classes for example and industrial design classes (known to us as Technasium). We strive to offer an education in which there is the opportunity to excel in a specialist area.
Board and management
The core management of the school consists of the director of RSG Slingerbos and the director of RSG Levant. The running of the foundation years is shared between two department heads, one at each location. The bilingual department is overseen by one project leader, responsible for all bilingual activities at both locations.
• Mrs. A. Leeuwenburgh – RSG Slingerbos
• Mr. F. van Bergen – RSG Levant
• Mrs. I. Vaatstra
Head of Foundation Year - Levant
• Mrs. N. de Moor
Head of Foundation Year - Slingerbos
• Mrs. A. Dekker
Project leader bilingual education
• Mr. P. van Voorthuizen
For general information:
3844 AS Harderwijk
T +31 (0)341 414 484
F +31 (0)341 423 684
3891 EV Zeewolde
T +31 (0)36 52 18 170
F +31 (0)36 52 18 172