Discover Brussels' international schools for your children

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL MONTGOMERY - Brussels

The International School Montgomery is accredited by the International Baccalaureate for all the sections:primary and secondary. The school is located in Brussels, near to the Square Montgomery in a splendid Hôtel de Maître, -a former noble house-, a few steps away from the European Institutions.

The school welcomes students from 6 to 18 and offers the choice between an English and a bilingual French/English program. Our network covers almost 200 pupils and more than 40 different nationalities.

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Tel : 02 / 733 63 23
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AGNES SCHOOL - Etterbeek

A bilingual school ! A Christian school ! A school of life !

In the heart of Brussels, Agnes School offers parents an educative project with guaranteed personal development and academic excellence for each child, with a Christian vision of family and life.

As an international school, this institute delivers several quality diplomas. Pupils can expect to obtain the certificates of the Cambridge, Belgian French Community (CEB) and Belgian Flemish Community (IDP) educational programs.

Rue Louis Hap, 143 - Bruxelles
Tel : 02 / 736 13 86

EUROPEAN SCHOOL BRUSSELS III

EUROPEAN SCHOOL BRUSSELS III
Quality education is provided in this establishment part of the European Schools network. The classes are taught in seven different languages, notably French, English, German and Spanish. Pupils are encouraged to be proactive, open-minded and multitask.

LYCÉE FRANÇAIS JEAN MONNET – Uccle

enfants qui écoutent dans une salle colorée
This school welcomes pupils since the pre-primary cycle to dispense them the program of the French Education. However, the pedagogy is strongly centred on the languages and it is attended by children of dozens of nationalities.

ISB - Brussels

ISB - Brussels
The International School of Brussels offers quality education to more than a thousand students from almost 70 countries. This institution that provides classes in English is the oldest of its kind in Belgium.
Tel : 02 / 661 42 11

INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL

 INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Located near the European institutions, this independent school provides a bilingual education to pupils from the age of 2.5 to 17 years. The classes focus on principal Academic branches such as Mathematics, Biology and Physics in English and French.

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How can you help your child to get ready for school?

In Belgium, public and private school as well as national and international ones open their classes in September. If your child is about to begin his or her first year in a new system, he or she can be quite stressed. As parents, you can apply some pieces of advice to avoid this situation. Here are some pro tips, to make him/her feel more comfortable, whenever September is around the corner.

  • Generally, teachers draw a list of supplies. They sometimes establish it and send it to the parents prior to the first day of school. If you already know the school material (books, text books, craft supplies, etc.) which will be required, buy them in advance. These supplies will be needed during the entire school year.
  • It is also the right time to reorganise the time schedule of your kids, especially their bed and meal time so that they will pick up the school rhythm gradually.
  • Do not hesitate to establish a new routine that will follow the schedule of the school year: plan less outdoor activities and more reading time, and so on.
  • Be sure to have all the needed clothes ready: sports outfit, pressed uniforms, winter shoes…
  • If you plan to let your child go to school alone, make sure he or she knows the journey. Why not go with them a few times at the start of the year or even before the classes begin?

We also advise you to address and answer the questions and fears that your child may have. A new school year always represents a big change for them and might therefore cause stress and tensions. A good way to do that is by describing to them a typical day at school. If you know other parents of pupils, organise a meeting with the kids so they can all get along.

Information published on the 25th of August 2022 on the webpage Brussels Expats / International Schools.

More information about international schools in Brussels

The reasons to enter an international school

If you have just arrived in Belgium or that you want your children to speak English fluently as soon as possible, international schools are a good choice. In the vast majority of those the class is given in that language in order to have a complete immersion. Knowing that children can lean foreign languages more easily than a teenager and an adult, this kind of teaching is highly useful. Other languages such as Dutch, Spanish and so on are also part of most programs. As we sometimes hear, a language is an open window to the world and this international environment will help pupils to be more open to the world and other cultures.

What are the programs followed?

In general, these institutes work with the French or the English school system. If both are recognised as quality programs, there are some major differences between these two. For example, the English one is known to leave more freedom by encouraging pupils to participate more whether in class (with essays, oral presentations...) or in extracurricular activities. By contrast, the French one focus more on the structure, the discipline and the results. Thus, each system has its own strengths.

There is another important point that you need to take into account when choosing where to enrol your child: make sure you put the accent on the continuity of the learning process. For example, there are several French high schools (Lycée français). So, if you come from France and planning to go back in a few months or years, it may be in the child's interest to stay in a familiar environment. Your son or your daughter will follow the same program as his or her companions in France and will stay on track for when you go back. However, international and European schools are interesting for longer stays and help children to be more open and discover the variety of cultures.

What are the differences between an international and a European school?

In an international school, most of the lessons are given in a sole language – except in bilingual schools. The course is the same as the one followed in the country where the school is settled: French, English, American, etc. education system. Concerning European public schools, the priority is given to pupils whose parents work in institutions such as NATO or the U.N. Given that only a small number of students are admitted, other children are encouraged to enter accredited European school.

Furthermore, the international school cycle most often leads to the delivery of an International Baccalaureate (IB), recognised around the world. The students will then have access, just like the nationals, to more than 2,000 universities located in 75 countries. In the European (or Accredited European) schools, pupils obtain the European Baccalaureate (EB) at the end of the 7th year of secondary school. This degree is recognised in Europe as well as in some other partner countries.

Other international schools in Brussels

BEPS : This international school in Brussels provides high quality courses to children aged from 2 to 14. Classes are given in English for a total immersion and they are prepared to pass the International Baccalaureate. They will also have access to numerous activities (sports clubs, cooking, discovering nature, etc.). Tel: 02/648 43 11.

British School of Brussels : This institution welcomes more than a thousand pupils from some 60 countries in its modern facilities. Classes prepares students for the university. They can get their A Levels, International Baccalaureate Diploma as well as BTEC vocational courses. The primary school provides skills-based learning that helps children flourish. Tel : 02/766 04 30.