Our core values

Letter_groepen_IMG-20190202-WA0034_crop Sharing the Dutch language
Learn another language and think in new ways
foodtruck_koningsdag Connecting with heritage
Root yourself in rich Dutch traditions
Fietstocht_groep_achter_IMG_20190602_104256 Bringing families together
All aboard! Activities for all ages
Vriendschappoppetjes Building a strong community
A sense of belonging and membership

Our Programs

For kids and adults who don't already understand, read or speak Dutch
As part of our curriculum, we hold 5 Dutch culture days every year -- celebrate Sinterklaas, King's Day and more family fun!
This curriculum aligns with the Dutch education system, for a smooth transition back to the Netherlands or Belgium
Adults and kids can learn Dutch individually or in small groups, from the comfort of your home or office


Preschool & Kindergarten

Timing aligns with Elementary lessons.

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Elementary School

Aligns with Dutch Education system.

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Adult Lesson Packages

Dutch lessons for adults and teenagers of all levels.

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Private Lessons

Taylor-made lessons for individuals or small groups at your house, office or online across Canada.

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Kids lesson packages

Dutch as a 2nd language, students don’t need to speak or understand Dutch

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High School

De Esdoorn would like to start a Dutch language program for teenagers

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De Esdoorn

We are Canada’s first Dutch school accredited by the Foundation for Dutch Education Worldwide (NOB – Stichting Nederlands Onderwijs in het Buitenland) — a non-profit organization commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science to promote and support high standards of Dutch education for Dutch-speaking children around the world.

De Esdoorn is more than just a language school — we are a community who celebrates our traditions together!

Dutch and Belgian families in Canada
Canadian children learning their second language
Adults learning their language of heritage
Families celebrating our shared Dutch traditions

Our News

New board members Esdoorn School
De Esdoorn Dutch Language and Culture School welcomes two new members to the Board of Directors

Registration is open for Vancouver, Fraser Valley, North Shore and online across Canada.

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January 2024 Newsletter

Learn about the skating event and more.

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December 2023 Newsletter

Learn about our social media channels and more.


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Our happy families


When a family is interested in joining a De Esdoorn lesson, we make an appointment for an intake between the parents, child, Director and teacher. During this appointment, we explain what De Esdoorn can offer and what the family’s needs are. We also get an idea of what level your child’s Dutch language skills are.

We offer a wide range of lessons, and fees are tied to the number of lesson hours, course material, etc. Our online 10-week courses of 1-1.5 hours per week generally cost around $300-$400 per term, while our school year courses of 2.25 hours per week plus 5 Dutch Cultural Days on weekends cost $1250-1750, and have early bird rates. Private lessons cost between $40-$80 per hour, depending on the number of students. See Lessons and click on the different types of lessons for specific costs.

Yes, absolutely. A trial class is a great way to get to know each other. It’s also a great opportunity for the teacher to see if the student is in the right class.

You can’t learn a language without learning its culture! The Dutch Cultural Days are an essential (and fun!) part of our school year curriculum for preschool, kindergarten and primary school groups. Students who are not part of our school year program may also attend, contact [email protected] if you’re interested in joining a Dutch Cultural Day and we will see where the best fit is.

You can’t learn a language without learning its culture! The Dutch Cultural Days are an essential (and fun!) part of our curriculum. Students who are part of the group lessons are in principle expected to be present at all cultural days.

The NOB is the Foundation for Dutch Education Worldwide (Stichting Nederlands Onderwijs in het Buitenland). The NOB falls under the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

In 2019, De Esdoorn became the first school in Canada to be accredited by the NOB. We benefit from their wide range of expertise and knowledge, and high educational standards.

Our Teachers
Meet our qualified teaching staff, the heart and soul of our school.
Our Classes
We have classes for all ages, all levels of Dutch. To keep pace with the Dutch school system, or just starting Dutch out, we have a class for you.
Our Community
We have a growing community of families, lead by our Board of Directors