Choosing schools

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How do you choose a school for your child? What do you think is important in a school? Which study programme is suitable for your child? It can sometimes be difficult to choose a school. Therefore, gather information about the Dutch-speaking schools in Brussels in good time. This page tells you how you can do this:

How to choose schools: 5 steps

1. Find schools

The 'scholenzoeker' (school finder) gives you an overview of all Dutch-language schools in Brussels. For each school there is a file with practical information. You can also find this information in the 'scholengids' (directory of schools).

2. Gather information about the schools

Visit the school's website, inform yourself about the pedagogical project, read the school regulations... If necessary, have a look at the inspection report of the Education Inspectorate (in Dutch). Also talk to children who already attend that school and to their parents. You can also visit schools to get to know them better.

3. Think about what you think is important in a school

For example: is the school close by? What is the pedagogical approach? What is the attitude and style of the teachers and the management? How can I participate as a parent? Is there childcare or supervised study time before and after school? Are there school meals?

4. See how many available places there are

Check if the schools of your choice still have places available.

5. Choose multiple schools

Make a list of several schools. This is especially important when applying: this way you have a better chance of getting a place.  

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Increase your chances of getting a place

Planning on registering your child in a nursery or primary school or in the 1st year of secondary school for the 2023-2024 school year? Then you have to apply for a place first. Whether your child gets a place depends on several factors. Places are assigned to children that have applied based on priority rules and established order criteria. More information on how places are assigned.

Keep in mind the following tips to have a better chance of getting a place:

  1. As your first choice, take a school with sufficient available places for your child's priority group.
  2. Choose several schools. Dutch-language schools in Brussels are popular: sometimes there are not enough places. Therefore, choose several schools when applying, this way you will have a better chance of getting a place.
  3. Only if you are applying for nursery or primary education: choose schools that are close to your home or work. In secondary education, distance has no impact.

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Visit schools

Do you want to get to know the schools better? Be sure to take a look at the schools' websites. There, you can read how you can get to know them: through a video on the website, by telephone, through an individual appointment, etc.

Some schools organise group visits or information sessions. On this page you will find an overview soon. Contact the school to register for the activity.

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