How do you apply for a place?

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How do you apply for a place for your child online? How does the registration procedure for Dutch-speaking schools in Brussels work? On this page you will find information about:

What is applying for a place?

To register your child in a Dutch-speaking school in Brussels, you may need to apply for a place for them first. Applying for a place is not the same as registration. Applying means that you as a parent indicate online which schools you are interested in. After the application period, the computer distributes the pupils who have applied across the available places. Only after that, you know in which school you can register.

Why do you need to apply for a place first?

Dutch-language schools in Brussels work with an online application procedure to prevent parents from having to 'camp out' at the school gate and to make registration more regulated and smooth.

Find out here which schools you need to apply for.

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For which schools do you need to apply for a place?

Applying for a place is mandatory for:

  • nursery and primary education (including the pre-school entry class)
  • the 1st year of secondary education
  • special elementary education in schools with an application procedure
  • special secondary education in schools with an application procedure

You can register without applying for a place in:

  • the 2nd to 7th years of secondary education (including dual learning)
  • special elementary education in schools without an application procedure
  • special secondary education in schools without an application procedure
  • reception classes for non-Dutch-speaking newcomers (OKAN)

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How do you apply for a place?

Nursery, primary and secondary education (1st year A and B)

  1. Go to the online application app to apply for a place for your child. The time of application does not affect your chance of getting a place. It is not the case that the first one to apply gets a place first. You do need to apply within the stipulated period:
    • nursery and primary education: from 28 February (9 a.m.) to 21 March 2023 (4 p.m.)
    • 1st year of secondary education: from 27 March (10 a.m.) to 21 April 2023 (4 p.m.)
       
  2. Need help? These organisations will help you apply for a place online. 
     
  3. You can still update your application file until the last day of the application period. Go to the application app and log in with your eID or via itsme to view or edit your file.
     
  4. After the registration period, you can still view your file until ..., but you can no longer edit it.
     
  5. After the application period, the available places are filled per school. Pupils are ordered according to certain criteria.
     
  6. A few weeks after applying, you will receive an allocation notice. This states whether your child has a place or not.
     
  7. Does your child have a place? Go to the school and register your child. Does your child not have a place? Then they are on the waiting list of the schools for which you have applied. Read here how to register after applying for a place

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Inschrijven in Brussel

Special nursery, primary and secondary education

  1. Go to the school of your first choice and apply for a place for your child. You can also apply for a place in another school that offers the same types and/or forms of education. The time of application does not affect your chance of getting a place. It is not the case that the first one to apply gets a place first. You do need to apply within the stipulated period:
    • special nursery and primary education: from 6 March (9 a.m.) to 24 March 2023 (4 p.m.)
    • special secondary education: from 1 March (9 a.m.) to 15 March 2023 (12 p.m.)
       
  2. Need help? These organisations will help you.
     
  3. After the application period, the available places are filled per school. Pupils are ordered according to certain criteria.
     
  4. A few weeks after applying, you will receive an allocation notice. This states whether your child has a place or not.
     
  5. Does your child have a place? Go to the school and register your child. Does your child not have a place? Then they are on the waiting list of the schools for which you have applied. Read here how to register after applying for a place

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