Our school is called 't Klokhuis, meaning Apple core in Dutch. Perfect for the Big Apple! It was founded in the fall of 1998. Every year the number of students varies. Last year we had about 400 students; ranging from toddlers to adults and this year we have about the same amount of students. There are various locations where classes take place; in New Jersey, Manhattan, New York State and Philidelphia.
Loura Zijdel, director
Veerle Vandecasteele, assistant-director
Liselore Surinx, directors' assistant
160 Hickory Tavern Road
Gillette, NJ 07933
Phone: 908-626-0608 - or cell phone 908-432-5830
't Klokhuis school locations:
Location Gillette, New Jersey
For a number of years already, we teach our classes at the Meyersville Presbyterian Church in Gillette, NJ. We can use multiple rooms at the church out of which three rooms are 'ours' and therefore we can leave our materials there and decorate the walls. We use the church two days per week.
Locations New York City
Brooklyn: All Saints’ Episcopal Church: multiple rooms furnished by 't Klokhuis; 2 days per week
UNIS, United Nations International School; multiple classroom; 1 day per week
West End Collegiate Church: multiple classrooms; 1 day per week; a full day, starting in the morning with toddlers and ending at night with the adults
Location Harrison, New York
For seven years now, we have been guests in the Presbyterian Church in Harrison, where we utilise all the available spaces. Harrison has the largest amount of students and we teach three days a week at the church.
Location Ardmore, Philidelphia
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore.
't Klokhuis is registered in the Netherlands as a non-profit foundation and in the US we are registered as an Incorpated "not-for-profit" 501c3 organization. The Board has an advisary and monitoring role. The responsibility of school affairs falls under the responsibility of the directors:
Director: Loura Zijdel-Eelkema
Assistant-Director: Veerle Vandecasteele
Directors' assistant: Liselore Surinx
't Klokhuis - a non-profit 501c3 organization - provides education in the Dutch language and Dutch and Belgian Culture (NTC). The school offers Dutch language classes with the same curriculum as in the Netherlands. We embrace all students who would like to learn Dutch and will explore all possiblities to find the right group for each and every student.
To match the Dutch education system we not only teach the Dutch language, but also Dutch and Belgian culture form a major part of our curriculum. The school takes into account the range of diverse backgrounds that the students come from. Therefore, every student is treated individualy at their own level. The progress of the students is systematically evaluated.
Besides our primary goal to help children connect with the Dutch education, there is also the facility for students who wish to pursue Dutch as a second language. In addition, the possibility was created for adults to learn Dutch.
As a school, we respect every religion or belief.
Most of our students have already completed a full day within the regular American education system. It is therefore important to us that they are educated within a friendly and safe environment with order and familiarity. Only when a child feels safe, can he or she develop fully. Dutch and Belgian culture is fully embraced. Not only do we want a smooth return to the Netherlands or Belgium for all temporary students, we also want the students to stay in touch with their roots.