This is Kickstart School

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Kickstart helps motivated expats and Dutch people to improve their Dutch, English or Chinese communication skills in a professional yet personal manner to help them settle more quickly into their new environment or improve their career prospects. This is facilitated by a group of highly-skilled teachers and supported by an international administrative team that continually strives towards optimising the language-learning process, all within the inspiring atmosphere of a traditional building with a modern feel. 

About us 

Kickstart School offers Dutch, English and Chinese language training for motivated people who wish to achieve tangible results under the expert guidance of our highly-skilled teachers. Our regular courses and tailor-made programmes cater for individuals, companies, expats, students, children, and au pairs. They are offered at a wide range of levels and can be taken in groups or privately. We also offer exam preparation courses for a wide range of internationally-recognised language qualifications. The connecting thread is that it is about people, from employees of international organisations to expat children who need to integrate into a new school system, and everything in between. We have the knowledge to deliver anything that is asked of us. 

Josien Deknatel founded Kickstart School in 2001 with the goal of offering both good quality and value for money. She is continually developing and expanding the school based around her vision of a healthy, strong, knowledge-based company that is run in an effective and personal way, without losing sight of the individual. Kickstart’s staff is now made up of around 45 teachers supported by our administrative team, ensuring that the school runs smoothly, flexibly and with a strong customer-focus. 

Kickstart has a proven track record of consistency and quality. Our goal is to provide a pleasant, supportive, and challenging learning environment for both teachers and students, where personal attention and care are paramount. In particular, our small group sizes ensure that each student receives individual attention and has ample opportunity to put their skills into practice. 

Our courses are carefully programmed to meet specific learning goals while also exploring interesting cultural aspects related to language learning. Lessons are adapted to suit the needs of each particular group of students, incorporating a variety of learning methods and providing space for spontaneity and flexibility. 

Kickstart uses a range of different learning materials, including our own online learning platform, KickstartNet. It enhances students’ opportunities to develop their language skills and in the KickstartNet Forum, students can communicate with their teacher and fellow students. At Kickstart there is a ‘community spirit’ between the students and we organise various activities and provide a study room and coffee area to foster it. 

Kickstart has been through enormous growth and most of our students come to us through recommendations from colleagues, friends and family who have taken our classes before. In all things, Kickstart seeks to provide the highest quality of teaching and service with a level of individual care that flows from the personal nature of the company. We like to take you further!  


Meet our admin team

Kickstart School has a wonderful administration team who come from all over the world and are very used to living in another country and learning a new language. They are looking forward to meeting you and helping you on your language journey!

Located in the heart of Holland

Kickstart School
Koninginnegracht 62
2514 AG The Hague

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