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What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?

Expats in Brussels who do not speak French tend to choose and English-language international school for their children. Such schools use British, American or international curricula. Many parents find these schools preferable because their programmes are similar around the world, and thus children can integrate more easily into a new school when the family moves again.

Parents who speak French may choose and international school, French-speaking private school or a French-speaking local school for their children.

Japanese transferees tend to send their children to the Japanese School of Brussels.


What are some examples of these schools?

British schools:

  • British International School of Brussels – British National Curriculum for children of all nationalities aged 2 to 11,
  • British Junior Academy of Brussels – British National Curriculum for children aged 3 to 11,
  • British School of Brussels – British curriculum for children aged 1 to 18,
  • St. Paul’s British Primary School – UK National curriculum for children aged 3-11.

Other foreign schools:

  • Athenee Ganenou, Brussels – liberal Jewish school (French-speaking), nursery through high school,
  • Athenee Maimonde, Brussels – traditional Jewish school (French-speaking), nursery through high school,
  • Brussels American School – American system (DoDDS), kindergarten through high school,
  • Deutsche Schule Brüssel – German curriculum for all levels,
  • Japanese School of Brussels – Japanese curriculum for children aged 6 to 15,
  • Lycée français Jean Monnet, Brussels – French curriculum, preschool through high school,
  • Scandinavian School of Brussels, Waterloo – Scandinavian curricula offered in Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish and Icelandic for children aged 2½ to 19.


Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?

Contact Crown Brussels for current information on the schools you’re interested in.


Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?



How are most kids transported to and from school?

Most schools operate school bus transportation.


When does the typical school year start and end?

September 1 to June 30.


Is there anything else I should know about local schools?

Feel free to contact Crown Brussels if you have any questions.


Useful Links

Athenee Ganenou

Athenee Maimonde

British International School of Brussels

British Junior Academy of Brussels

British School of Brussels

St. Paul’s British Primary School

Brussels American School

Deutsche Schule Brüssel

Japanese School of Brussels

Lycée français Jean Monnet

Scandinavian School of Brussels




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