Kromme Rijn College is a school for secondary special needs education, in Dutch referred to as Voortgezet Speciaal Onderwijs (VSO). Kromme Rijn College offers education to students aged between 11 to 17 with diagnosed behavioural disorders, attention deficit disorders, or an undiagnosed behavioural problem. This also includes the aforementioned issues in combination with the diagnosis Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Our school sees influencing the (learning) behaviour of students, to better their learning performance as its core purpose. We do so by properly organizing the education and taking into account the specific support needs of our students.
At Kromme Rijn College, education is provided for HAVO and VMBO level students. These levels differ from typical English levels of education.
HAVO is equivalent to a general secondary (High School) education in 4 subjects with marks ranging from A-C, including a general certificate of education with 2 subjects at an advanced subsidiary level (6 different subjects in total). HAVO education prepares students for advanced levels (A levels).
VMBO(-T) is equivalent to a general lower secondary education in 6 subjects, with marks ranging from D -G. A VMBO-T diploma allows students access to vocational secondary education and upper pre-university education after receiving their diploma.
The VMBO path is offered in three slightly different versions; the Basic vocational Learning Path (in Dutch referred to as Basisberoepsgerichte leerweg, which focuses predominantly on practical learning), the Framework Professional Learning Path (in Dutch referred to as Kaderberoepsgerichte leerweg, which has an equal amount of practical and theoretical courses), and the Theoretical Learning Path; VMBO-T (in dutch referred to as Theoretische leerweg, which includes predominantly theoretical courses).
Additionally, Kromme Rijn College offers a purely practical education to students who would otherwise not be able to obtain a VMBO diploma and who will be prepared to enter the working field directly after High School. This practical path is offered in collaboration with the Pouwer College, Kranenburg and Baanbreker practical schools. The ultimate goal is to eventually prepare students to return to regular education.
For students aged 16 years and up, and students who cannot leave special needs education after their 3rd year at Kromme Rijn College, we offer the option to internally switch to the preparatory work route (in Dutch referred to as Voorbereidende Arbeidsroute: VAR). VAR combines working and learning to enable students who need this different approach to education to succeed. Based on the individual’s needs, students spend days doing an internship at established work placements while attending regular school days at Kromme Rijn College.
After a period of (professional-) orientation and working an internship, the students start the introductory education. This special preparatory education offered by Kromme Rijn College teaches students to become an assistant in the field of hospitality. The introductory education results in a diploma in hospitality. This diploma allows students to either continue studying at an MBO level (Secondary Vocational Education, BTEC level-3) in the field of hospitality, or to start working in the hospitality field immediately. During the finals phase of graduation, a student’s week consists of two internship days and three regular school days.
At any point (during the time spent studying at Kromme Rijn College), whenever the perspective on further education for a student changes, the school provides students and parents with the needed guidance to start working instead. This guidance is customized to the individual’s need, in collaboration with external specialized parties.
As an intensive arrangement, we have the mission to ensure that all students move on to regular education within three years. To achieve this goal, the requirements to enter regular education are formulated within our program, and all of our guidance focuses on reaching this goal. However, many students need an intermediate step to reach their goal.
To answer to these needs, we cooperate in good faith with OPDC Utrecht (intermediate program, medium arrangement) with whom transparent transfer agreements have been made. In OPDC, the interim facility, students continue their education route towards receiving a diploma and / or entering into regular education. In principle, all pupils who finish their third year at Kromme Rijn College switch to this 'interim facility' for their final exam trajectory. The OPDC has organized a special graduate class in addition to their regular (graduate) classes. This special graduate class is organized together with staff from our school. By means of this collaboration, we have the answer to make our mission with each student a success!