In March of 2000, the Dutch Consulate sent out a survey to potentially interested Dutch immigrants. The initial response group convened in a meeting with the previous Consul-General, Mr. J. Wever, representatives of the Stichting NOB. A provisionary Board and team of teachers were formed.

With the help of NOB and the Consulate, the DSLA-board and teachers managed to have the first Dutch School of Los Angeles up and running by September of 2000, starting off with about 30 students. The success of this school inspired parents and the board. In March of 2002 a second campus was opened in Orange County. Dutch School San Diego was initiated by local parents and by the Consulate General in Los Angeles, and joined the corporation DSLA. Lessons in San Diego started in September of 2002.

The name DSLA was chosen as abbreviation of Dutch School Los Angeles by the first board of the school. During the 2012-2013 school year, the name was changed to Dutch School of Southern California because that is a better description of the area that is served by the school.