International Schools in Brussels

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international schools in brusselsAs the capital of the European Union (EU), Brussels plays host to a dynamic international community. Many expats move to the city to occupy positions at one of the many global organisations headquartered here, and in doing so bring their families and a need for education for their kids.

As these positions can be quite transient in nature, international schools remain the most obvious choice for expat parents who wish for their children to continue with the curriculum from their home country during their limited time abroad. It follows that more than just a handful of these schools have sprung up in and around the city; offering expats a variety of options to choose from.

International schools in Brussels

Ac Montessori Kids
Sex: Co-educational
Curriculum: Montessori
Ages: 18 months to 12 years
Each class has two to three teachers, at least one native English speaker and one native French speaker.

BEPS International School
Sex: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Primary Curriculum
Ages: 2.5 to 11
Daily French lessons for English-speakers. EAL for non-native spekers.

The British International School of Brussels
Sex: Co-educational
Curriculum: British National Curriculum
Ages: 2.5 to 11
Students receive four French lessons per week.

The British School of Brussels
Sex: Co-educational
Curriculum: National Curriculum for England while encouraging multiculturalism and multinationalism/UK General Certificate of Education Advanced Levels (GCE A Levels)/ International Baccalaureate (IB)
Ages: 3 to 18
As of year 1, students learn French. As of year 7, students choose a second foreign language (Dutch, German or Spanish).

British Junior Academy of Brussels
Sex: Co-educational
Curriculum: British National Curriculum
Ages: 3 to 11
Certain adaptations to curriculum are made to reflect the international aspect of Brussels. The Headmistress received the MBE in 2008, presented by HRH the Prince of Whales, for her services.

Brussels American School
Sex: Co-educational
Curriculum: American system/Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS)
Ages: Kindergarten through High School
The school is fully accredited by the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools.

Brussels International Catholic School
Sex: Co-educational
Curriculum: Belgian Programme /British National Curriculum
Ages: Nursery through Primary
Bilingual education. The week is divided into French-speaking days and English-speaking days.

Internationale Deutsche Schule Brüssels
Curriculum: Orientated to that of the Free State of Bavaria, German university entrance qualification (Abitur)/ad-vanced technical college entrance qualification (Fachabitur)
Ages: Kindergarten through Secondary plus 2 possible years of technical college for eceonomy and law.
German-language education with bi-lingual classes in English. French is taught from 1st grade, English from 3rd grade. As of 6th grade, Latin is an alternative to French. Dutch is taught as of 10th grade.

International School of Brussels
Sex: Co-educational
Curriculum: American System / International Baccalaureate Organisation/Organisation for economic cooperation and Development(OECD)/The International Schools Assessment Programme
Ages: Nursery to Grade 12/13
Programmess include the Arts, Technology, Athletics, Outdoor adventures, Learning support

L'Ecole Internationale “Le Verseau”
Sex: Co-educational
Curriculum: Belgian “Certificat d'étude de Base (CEB)”/International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) for the anglophones/British Council International English Language Testing System exam (IELTS) for the francophones/Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires (recognised by the French Community of Belgium)
Ages: Pre-Kindergarten through Secondary
French-language instruction with English classes as of Pre-Kindergarten. The English-language classes are distinct for native and non-native English speakers. Dutch classes start in years 5 and 6, German and Spanish class options in secondary.

Lycée Français Jean Monnet
Sex: Co-educational
Curriculum: General Certificate of Secondary Education, International or European Baccalaureate option
Ages: Nursery through Secondary
Bilingual education French/English or French/German

Scandinavian School of Brussels
Sex: Co-educational
Curriculum: Nordic Education/International Baccalaureate
Ages: 2 to 19
Bilingual education in French and English for Nordic language speakers

Schola Europaea
Sex: Co-educational
Curriculum: European Baccalaureate
Ages: Nursery through Secondary
Four of the total of 14 European school establishments (which are governed as public schools by the Member States of the European Union) are located in Brussels.

St John's International School
Sex: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: Pre-Kindergarten through High School
English-speaking education based on Christian values with a respect for other religions and traditions.

World International School
Sex: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Primary Curriculum (IPC)/International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), A-Levels
Ages: 2.5 to 18
English-language education with daily French lessons for all levels.

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