The European Schools were established in 1953 to educate the children of employees of European Union institutions such as the European Commission, and include the European Patent Office and European Central Bank. Children of these employees have a reserved place in a European School. The European School The Hague was primarily founded to meet the educational needs of children of employees of Eurojust, Europol, EPO and ESA-ESTEC. Upon availability, places are also offered to other pupils who qualify for an international education according to the Dutch regulations,
There are 14 traditional European Schools, in six EU countries, which are administered by the European Schools’ Board of Governors in Brussels. There are also 13 accredited European Schools across Europe with more planned in the future. These are national schools that offer the European Schools curriculum. The European School The Hague is an officially Accredited European School, partly administered and financed by the Dutch national education system, and is accredited by the Board of Governors of the European Schools since December 2012. It is also part of the Stiching Het Rijnlands Lyceum.
The European School The Hague, in common with all European Schools, follows the same structure and are subject to Pedagogical Inspections and Audits by European School inspectors mandated by the General Secretary. Programmes and evaluation processes are identical, including the final European Baccalaureate examinations.