What is OKAN?

The reception classes for non-native speakers (OKAN) consist of a mixed group of young people of different nationalities, aged between 12 and 18. They all have one thing in common: it is important for them to learn Dutch to be able to transfer to regular education after one year.

During the first three weeks of the school year, the pupils are divided into different groups and receive the same lessons. After this period the pupils take a test and a class council divides the pupils into level groups.

For a whole year OKAN pupils receive an intensive Dutch course. We work in small groups based on language level. In this way we want to achieve a maximum learning gain and to prepare pupils for further studies.

Pupils who continue their studies at the Atheneum after this OKAN year will receive extra support. Both Dutch and other language subjects are tailored to the pupil’s needs.

You can find all services offered by the school group here.

What after OKAN?

Information about the Maatklas (Transition Class for Non-Native Speakers)

Maatklas (Transition class for non-native speakers)

Tailor-made education that matches the pupils’ level and talents, a combination of OKAN lessons, the discussion of texts of the non-language subjects (3 ASO), ICT and course-specific subjects in the regular class.

In their regular class pupils can choose between 5 electives:

  • Natural Sciences
  • Economic Sciences
  • Human sciences
  • Economy and Organisation
  • Tourism

After one year in the Maatklas pupils can transfer to the fourth year (sophomore year in the U.S. and year 11 in the UK).

For who?:

Pupils who wanted to transfer to the 2nd grade immediately after the Reception Class for Non-Native Speakers, but who still need extra guidance and support because of their language deficiency. Age: 14-16 years.


To move on to 4 ASO or 4 TS0 and to obtain a certificate of secondary education without extra school delay.


32 hours/a week:
15 hours in a separate group (OKAN) for Dutch and mathematics (level 3 ASO/TSO).
10 hours in a regular class (natural sciences OR economic sciences OR human sciences OR economics and organisation OR tourism).
7 hours language modules French and English (language lessons adapted to their level).