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Entering the first year of secondary school

This year you will start attending secondary school. You are looking for a school that suits your personality, a school where people take into account who you are as an individual. A school where both your talents and specific needs are noticed, and you are challenged to become the absolute best version of yourself. You might have already guessed that Van Maerlantlyceum Eindhoven is exactly that type of school.

So... have we caught your attention?

And do your test results show that you are qualified to go to either Higher General Secondary Education (HAVO) or Pre-University Education (VWO: Atheneum / Gymnasium)? Then Van Maerlantlyceum Eindhoven is the perfect school for you!

Together with 1,249 other students and our committed teachers you will embark on a journey of discovery: from the very first year up to your final exams. We are there to make sure you are well-prepared for your future education. You are going take all the necessary steps of your educational career by yourself. But remember that we will motivate and support you all the way!

Be yourself, always!

Van Maerlantlyceum Eindhoven is a safe school with a pleasant atmosphere where bullying is considered simply unacceptable. At our school nobody is excluded, we respect each other. You can always be yourself here, regardless of who you are, what you believe in or where you come from. Would you like to know more? We are more than willing to answer all your questions!

Discover & explore

Are you curious by nature and do you like to discover things and enjoy conducting experiments? At our school you can do just that! We offer a wide range of courses. In addition to the regular lessons, we offer extra-curricular courses like creative drawing, additional language courses (Cambridge English and Spanish), programming courses, Robotics, and technology. You can also let your creativity run wild in our own so-called Makers’ Lab.

Furthermore

from day one onwards you will learn how to do scientific research as acquiring and developing research skills is part of the curriculum, just like art & technology and digital literacy. You are also invited to philosophise with your peers and actively participate in cooperative debates during the Van Abbe Debat. And there is more: every schoolyear the Plato Project offers our students the opportunity to investigate and explore a subject of their own choosing and personal interest for two hours a week during school time.

Of course, we also stimulate our students to engage in sports activities. Besides that, we consider enhancing creativity to be particularly important: feel free to participate in our annual musical performances, become one of the dancers in our school ballet or sing along in our elementary students’ choir!

Learning both
inside and outside school

Van Maerlantlyceum is a so-called Brainport school: we maintain close contact with both schools for Higher Education and Universities as well as with well-known companies in the fields of design, entrepreneurship, and technology in the Eindhoven region. During physics lessons pupils visit ASML, and during Van Maerlant Week a variety of entrepreneurs, scientists, and artists lecture at our school. Moreover, several experts from Philips offer guest lessons and workshops about, amongst others, programming via Jet-Net!

Do you excel in beta subjects?

Then participating in SensUs, a TU/e university competition for smart secondary school students, might be interesting for you! SensUS offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in technology and experience the benefits of design-oriented education.

Van Maerlantlyceum is also an official Olympiad school. We received this national quality mark because we have been participating in no less than seven annual Olympiad competitions for many years. Olympiads might very well be the best way to become really good or even better at science subjects for students! Would you like to join?

A clear focus on the world around us

Furthermore, we have a clear focus on the world around us, both nearby and further away: we annually organise an internationally oriented week which involves international exchanges with schools abroad. And moreover, there are international trips on the programme for students to participate in.

Laptops as well as books

At Van Maerlantlyceum every student has a laptop. This allows you to study at your own pace and focus on your specific study needs as much as necessary: you can easily get ahead on a subject you already understand very well, or practise some more in order to finally tackle that difficult mathematical problem. Using computers is of course also really convenient when you have to work together on a project.

Of course

We do not use laptops all the time. We do not want you to get square eyes! Your teacher will tell you when using your laptop is allowed and when not. Furthermore, each student has to bring a novel to school every day of the week as all Dutch lessons start off with ten minutes of reading. Studying at Van Maerlant thus involves laptops, textbooks, novels... teachers indicate when bringing your books is necessary, so do not worry: you do not have to lug around a schoolbag that is way too heavy.

Every student is different

Every student learns in a unique way. Together with you, we determine your individual learning path, tailored to your individual wishes and personal progress. Furthermore, together we keep track of what you can already do well and define what parts of the curriculum you need to pay extra attention to. Teachers adapt educational material to the specific needs of individual students.

Making mistakes is allowed at our school, or better yet: making mistakes is necessary in order to make progress. You do not have to be perfect. At school, we help you to become the absolute best version of yourself. And as your school career progresses you get an increasingly decisive say in how to achieve just that!

Learning together

At our school, we study together: both in class settings and in smaller groups, using either laptops or books. At our school, teachers educate their pupils, but it is also via cross-curricular projects and assignments that our students gain knowledge on specific subjects, inside and outside school.

Less exams, better learning

Does the thought of all those tests at secondary school already make you nervous? There is no need for that, because during the first year you regularly get so-called ‘practice tests’. That way you discover what you have already mastered and what you still need to work on. Hence, real tests will not offer you stressful surprises. We do not over-test, there is a limited number of tests per schoolyear – that way there is little test stress!

Furthermore, your classmates and you see your mentor one hour every week, during which you can discuss homework, class dynamics and potential problems with specific subjects. During so-called Van Maerlant hours you can choose which support lessons you would like to attend. This way you will be able to get extra help from teachers to master difficult subjects.

Towards the final exams

Van Maerlantlyceum offers good education. Our success rate is high: in 2021 94% of our VWO pupils and 94% of our HAVO pupils passed their exams. Excellent tutoring pays off: every pupil is supported by a mentor, who coaches him or her on the journey towards the final exams.

What about the building?

Van Maerlantlyceum is a secondary school with a distinct, warm atmosphere, situated in a beautiful building in the middle of a park. Our annex, called De Jacob, is in the same street. Soon our school will become even more beautiful: in the summer of 2022, the renovation of our main building starts. In September 2024 we will have a beautifully renovated monumental building with a wonderful new building attached to it. During this renovation, the school will continue to operate at a different location: Von Flotowlaan 1.

Educational Awards

Asking questions, designing, inventing solutions, and researching. That is what we find important at Van Maerlantlyceum. All this leads to beautiful results: our pupils have regularly won prestigious prizes for their ‘profielwerkstuk’ (a collaborative research paper written in the final year of secondary school) such as the KNAW Education Prize, Sensus High School project competition, Van Melsen Prize and OMO Profielwerkstuk Prize.

KNAW Prize for two Van Maerlant pupils

We are enormously proud of David Chen and Stevan Pavlović! These two VWO pupils were extraordinarily successful in the national KNAW Education Prize contest last year. With their paper ‘The Knee Tendon Reflex’ they won first prize in the Nature & Technology category, impressing the members of the jury with their successful attempt to translate a biological system into mathematics. This way they created a program to diagnose the health of the nervous system of a tested patient. According to the KNAW jury, the system the boys designed is ‘almost ready for the market’.

Tailor-made first year (brugklas)

Being exactly in the right place: that feels good. We do everything we can to take care that our pupils will experience just that in their first year at our school. We have three types of first year classes: Havo, Atheneum and Gymnasium. What is the difference?

First Year Havo

  • Lessons and tests are at Havo level.

  • Lessons in first year Havo begin with a short instruction after which you can work on your own (homework) assignments at your own pace. After first year Havo you can continue your educational career in second year HAVO.

  • You can be admitted to first year Havo if your primary school advises you to do so.

First Year Atheneum

  • Lessons and tests are at VWO level.

  • After first year Atheneum you can either continue your educational career in second year Havo, second year Atheneum or second year Gymnasium, depending on your results and motivation in year 1.

  • You can be admitted to First Year Atheneum if your primary school advises you to go to either first year HAVO/VWO or first Year VWO.

First Year Gymnasium

  • Lessons and tests are at VWO level.

  • In addition to the main subjects, subjects such as Robotics and Classical Language - and Culture are included in the curriculum in first year Gymnasium. In comparison to first year Havo and first year Atheneum some subjects are taught in fewer lessons per week in first year Gymnasium. Latin and Ancient Greek lessons start in second year Gymnasium.

  • You can be admitted to first year Gymnasium if your primary school advises you to go to first year VWO.

Our Students

We are proud of our HAVO students!

At our HAVO department there is great social commitment. We work with a team of permanent mentors, who ensure that every HAVO pupil is in clear focus. During mentor lessons, much attention is paid to group formation and social welfare. Career guidance is also given extensive consideration. What am I good at? What do I still want to learn? How do I make an excellent choice with respect to the rest of my educational career?

During HAVO lessons instruction time is limited so that students have ample time to work independently on (homework) assignments, which are practically minded as much as possible.

At Atheneum and Gymnasium

Each student follows his or her own path!

At our VWO department, a lot of customization is possible. If you want an extra challenge, you can do a Plato project, participate in an Olympiad, or take part in the SenSus project. During extra study hours and Van Maerlant hours teachers give additional support if needed.

At our Gymnasium you experience the true Gymnasium feeling

Do you like history and mythical stories? Is learning easy for you? Then our Gymnasium department is the right choice for you. At our Gymnasium you get an extra challenge, and we organise study projects every year. Every school year of your Gymnasium educational career you work on a project that has been especially designed for you.

And there is more!

During Dutch classes you learn how voice your opinion; during the Mytilene debate your fellow pupils and you engage in a vivid debate. During maths classes you learn how to program, during Art & Technology classes you create things that are myth-related and moreover, you learn to calculate with hieroglyphs you have created yourself! In the third year you are introduced to a special kind of geography: GeoFuture

Latin and Greek

In first year Gymnasium you get to know all about the gods of the ancient Greeks and Romans during Classical Culture classes. You also get a taste of the Latin and Ancient Greek language, so that you are well-prepared for second year Gymnasium.

On the road

As a Gymnasium student, you explore ancient civilisations at home and abroad. The highlight of your educational career at our school is the cultural trip to Rome or Athens in the pre-exam year.

Never alone, always supervised and supported

Learning (as life in general!) involves trial and error, so it is nice to have guidance when you need it. At Van Maerlantlyceum your class mentor has a key role in this. He or she will have a preliminary discussion with you and your parents every school year. This way you know what to expect and you can discuss things that are important to you.

Your mentor

Throughout the year your mentor will keep an eye on your well-being, on class dynamics and on your school achievements. Do you need extra guidance? Then your class mentor will contact our support team consisting of student counsellors, a remedial educationalist, coaches and, if necessary, authorities outside the school, like the Community Health Service. Do you have a non-Dutch background and maternal language? Then our NT2-teacher can work with you on improving your Dutch language skills.

Furthermore, during the weekly mentor hour in the first year, the mentor teaches you all you need to know about good study habits and helps you to acquire specific study skills, because learning also has to be learned.

Frequently asked questions

Below is a small list of frequently asked questions. Do you have other questions, or would you like to know more? Feel free to contact us at info@vanmaerlantlyceum.nl

How many students are there at Van Maerlantlyceum Eindhoven

A total number of 1,249 students.

How many children are there in each class?

There is a maximum of 30 pupils in first year classes. We have small classes so that we can give more attention to each individual student.

How many hours of homework do I get per day?

This depends on the number of subjects taught that day. On average, homework takes up one and a half to two hours a day for first year students.

How heavy is my school bag?

That also varies per day. You have to bring a laptop, textbooks, and a novel. Teachers tell you when you need specific books, so that you do not have to lug around a school bag that is way too heavy.

How do I get to know my classmates?

Before the holidays we organise a meeting day for classmates-to-be so that you already get to know your classmates before school starts. At the beginning of the school year there is also a so-called contactdag, which is a school day without regular classes. Instead, there are all sorts of fun activities organised for your new classmates and you in order to get to know each other even better.

Do you also do sports?

Yes, we have weekly lessons in physical education, indoors and outdoors on our sports field. In addition, we have a school ballet (modern and hip- hop) for you to participate in should you want to get some extra exercise.

Do the music lessons also cover rock music?

Yes, all types of music are covered during the music lessons.

What is Plato?

Plato stands for ‘Pientere Leeringen Aanzetten Tot Onderzoek’ (which means stimulating bright pupils to start conducting research). At our school you can spend two hours per week on a subject or research that interests you. You are allowed to ‘skip’ two lessons of your own choosing per week to spend on your Plato project/ research. At the end of the school year, all Plato projects and the outcome of research done are presented by the pupils involved.

Is there an anti-bullying protocol?

Fortunately, there is hardly any bullying at our school. Everybody is accepted and free to express themselves as they wish. In case bullying does occur, there is a solid anti-bullying protocol. Two teachers are confidants for students in need so that there is always somebody there for you to talk to.