School Holidays in Amsterdam

A calendar of the school terms in the Netherlands: all the dates when the state schools close for vacation...

School term dates can vary slightly by region, and depending on whether it is an elementary (bo) or secondary school (vo). This is most noticeable during the main summer break.

Essentially, the summer holidays start at the end of June or early July and run until mid-August. Aside from the various public holidays throughout the year, there are further breaks in October (1 week), Christmas (2 weeks), Spring/February (1 week), and Easter/April (1 week).

School Regions

Schools in Holland are divided into three regions: North, Central and South (Noord, Midden, Zuid).

  • North region: North-Holland (which includes Amsterdam and Loosdrecht), Groningen, Friesland, Drenthe, Overijssel, Flevoland (except Zeewolde), Gelderland (Hattem), Utrecht (Eemnes),
  • Central region: All municipalities in South Holland (includes The Hague), and the North Brabant municipalities of Werkendam and Woudrichem
  • South region: Limburg, Zeeland and North Brabant (except Werkendam and Woudrichem)

School Holidays and Vacations

These are the dates for Government School Calendar for the Central and North regions

Note: Private and international schools may not follow the same schedule; consult the relevant school for exact term dates.


School Year 2017 - 2018

Amsterdam and North Region

School year starts 20 August 2017
Autumn/Fall holidays (Herfts) 21 to 29 October 2017
Christmas holidays (Kerst) 23 December 2017 to 7 January 2018
Spring holidays (Voorjaar) 24 February - 4 March 2018
May holidays 28 April - 6 May 2018
Summer holidays (Zomer) 21 July 2018 to 2 September 2018

The Hague, Rotterdam and Central region

School year starts 20 August 2017
Autumn/Fall holidays (Herfts) 14 to 22 October 2017
Christmas holidays (Kerst)23 December 2017 to 7 January 2018
Spring holidays (Voorjaar) 17 February to 25 February 2018
May holidays 28 April - 6 May 2018
Summer holidays (Zomer) 14 July to 26 August 2018