Discover Brussels' international schools for your children

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

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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LYCÉE FRANÇAIS JEAN MONNET – Uccle

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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.

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.

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.

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

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What matters in an international school?

Either you are an expat or a Belgian who wants their children to be multilingual, an international school is a great way to learn a language in total immersion. Most of the lessons are given in English. Spoken by more than a billion people in the world, it paves the way for the future. You work in an international company or institution, and think that your child may want to follow the same path? Later, they are likely to pursue their study path in an English or an American university. Most of the other pupils, and even some teachers, come from all around the globe. This intercultural environment has a beneficial effect on their development and their learning of other cultures which is a good way to open their mind and improve their general knowledge.

Generally, the level of education is higher than the national standard in Belgium. At the end of the cursus, the diplomas give you access to the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), to the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level or to the American High School Diploma depending on the program of the school you are enrolled. As students are prepared to successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (or IBDP), they are eligible to the most prestigious universities of the world.

Another great difference is that they are highly encouraged to involve in a large number of extracurricular activities. This is a way to know each other in another context and to keep them active in their own education since they will choose something in which they are really interested.

Information published on the 15th of December 2022 on the webpage Brussels Expats / International Schools.

More information about international schools in Brussels

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Why is it interesting to follow classes in an international school?

The vast majority of the time, international schools are attended by people from all across the world or others who want their children to learn several languages from a very young age. English is the most commonly used, but your child will also learn to speak fluently French, German, Dutch and Spanish among many others basing on the section chosen. Follow classes surrounded by pupils from different countries and cultures will help them to be as fluently as possible thanks to a complete immersion. Another great advantage is that it brings some values like openness and equity as well as the benefits of exchange.

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.