The Dutch School in Atlanta

How did de Molenwiek start?

De Molenwiek was founded in 2001. The first school year started in 2002-2003. The engine behind the Molenwiek was Simpha Savelsbergh with the help of Jeannine Ritter-Ferweda.

Simpha Savelsbergh already taught Dutch within the Dutch community in Atlanta. Together they decided to set up a primary school in collaboration with the NOB Foundation. This collaboration with the NOB Foundation laid the foundation for high-quality education from the start.

Photo of two children posing with a teacher dressed as a historical figure, holding up an empty photo frame as part of a school activity.

Soon the school grew from 35 students in the first year to no less than 75 students in 2019. Founder Simpha died in 2008. In memory of Simpha, we raffle a children's book – the Simpha book – among the students every year. Since then - and still - countless teachers and parents have committed themselves to the school and ensured that the students enjoy coming to school every week to learn Dutch.

The school welcomes students with a Dutch and Belgian background. At de Molenwiek we see students who come to live in Atlanta as children of expat parents and return to the Netherlands, but also students who live here in Atlanta with their Dutch and / or American parents.

De Molenwiek does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

A puzzle put together where a child decorated each piece on their own. The pieces do not form a larger image, but they fit together to show how we are all unique and part of what makes de Molenwiek great. Handwritten text at the top reads "Iedereen is uniek, maar samen zÿn we de Molenwiek!"

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