Almere is home to two international schools, two universities of applied sciences, 17 secondary schools and almost 100 primary schools. The city has public schools as well as schools that provide lessons based on a particular pedagogical vision or religious conviction. Examples of the former are the Dalton, Montessori or Jena-plan educational systems. There are also schools based on Catholic, Reformed, Protestant, Ecumenical and Islamic principles, along with schools that offer a high standard of special needs education.
Almere has two international schools; a primary school (IPSAlmere) and a secondary school (ISAlmere).
The International School Almere (ISA) is a dynamic and growing IB World School located in a beautiful building on the edge of Cascade park in Almere Poort, 25 km east of Amsterdam. It offers quality international education in a safe and sustainable environment. The International School Almere inspires students to reach their full potential and contribute to a better and more peaceful world by striving for academic excellence, intercultural awareness and mutual respect. The school believes in holistic learning, focusing on developing core values such as celebrating diversity, service learning, and approaches to learning skills.
The International Primary School Almere (IPSA) offers the International Primary curriculum, and focuses on developing its students into internationally minded global citizens. Children are taught the concepts of host country, home country and global interdependence, in classes of no more than 22 students. After-school care and care for children aged 2 to 4 is provided via Smallsteps, and extra-curricular activities via the Brede School
The Taalcentrum Almere (Dutch website only) is a school for pupils aged 4 to 18 years who do not speak or understand the Dutch language. These students can be newcomers, such as children who are new to the country, or perhaps children born in the Netherlands not raised with Dutch skills. The Taalcentrum helps these pupils to reach the appropriate level of Dutch so that they can succeed in regular education. As soon as they reach the desired level, they continue their education at a regular Dutch school.
Students and young professionals
Almere is home to two universities of applied sciences: Windesheim Flevoland and Aeres Hogeschool. These institutions ensure that Almere has a large number of young, highly educated professionals – particularly in applied disciplines. The influx of graduates makes Almere even more attractive to businesses.
Windesheim Flevoland is one of the Netherlands' top universities of applied sciences, known for its personal approach and for working closely with the business community and public institutes. 5,000 students attend the university.
Aeres Hogeschool is a versatile research institution in the green sector, with programmes ranging from primary agriculture to engineering and styling and design, intensive farming to biodynamic agriculture; city of greenery and ornamental plants and more. Aeres provides regular education programmes (TVET, bachelor and master), applied research and innovation and commercial learning activities for individuals and businesses.
The Flevo campus is a scientific hotspot for innovations relating to food and urbanisation issues for the future. Almere’s students, researchers and businesses are brought together under the roof of Flevo Campus to explore and test how food provisioning can change and innovate in growing cities. Flevo Campus is a collaborative effort between Aeres Hogeschool Almere, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute), Gemeente Almere and Provincie Flevoland.