Secondary education: higher years and dual learning

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Which children should be registered?

Transition to dual learning ('duaal leren')

Is your child changing to dual learning...

  • at the start of a new school year? Then you must register your child in a centre for learning and working (CLW) or in the apprenticeship of SYNTRA Brussels.
  • during the school year? Then contact the new school or the new centre and ask if there are still places available. 

More information about dual learning (in Dutch).

Changing schools

Is your child changing schools ...

  • at the start of a new school year? Then you must re-register your child.
  • during the school year? Then contact the new school and ask if there are still places available. 

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When to register?

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Registering in the higher years of secondary education and dual learning for 2023-2024
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Prepare your registration well: get to know schools, inform yourself about the procedure and gather the necessary documents. Learn more about what you can do to prepare.

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Register your child (with priority for Dutch speakers)
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To register your child in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th year of secondary school or in dual learning, register directly at the school. Are there still places available in the school and the study programme you want to register your child in? Go to the school and register your child.

Does a school still have places available for pupils with at least one Dutch-speaking parent? Then these pupils will have priority if they register from 30 May to 5 June 2023. After 5 June, these pupils no longer have priority. 

Registration takes place in chronological order. Are there no places available? You can also register your child on the waiting list. Find out here how to register your child.

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Start of school year 2023-2024
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Still looking for a place in a school for the 2023-2024 school year? Contact the school where you want to register your child. Are there still places available? Register your child.

Is your child already on a waiting list? The school will contact you when a place opens up. The waiting list is valid until 6 October 2023.

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How to register?

Step 1: Prepare

Planning on registering your child in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th year of secondary school for the 2023-2024 school year? Go to the school to register your child. Prepare your registration well:

  1. Get to know the schools: which school suits your child? These tips will help you along.
  2. Inform yourself about the procedure: read the brochure (available in 8 languages) or the information on this website carefully.
  3. Check if your child has priority.
  4. Gather the necessary documents.
  5. See how many places are available: are there still places available in the school where you want to register your child?

Step 2: register your child

To register your child in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th year of secondary school or in dual learning, register directly at the school. You do not need to apply for a place for your child first.

Check the list of available places (available from 26 May). Are there still places available in the school and the study programme you want to register your child in? Go to the school from 30 May 2023 at 9 a.m. and register your child.

Does a school still have places available for pupils with at least one Dutch-speaking parent? Then these pupils will have priority if they register from 30 May to 5 June 2023, as long as the school has places available for this priority group. After 5 June, these pupils no longer have priority. More information about priority.

Registration takes place in chronological order. So whoever comes first gets a place first. Does the school not have any available places left? Learn more about what you can do if your child does not have a place.

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Who has priority?

Children with at least one Dutch-speaking parent will be given priority in schools that still have places available for these pupils if they register from 30 May to 5 June 2023. There is no priority for siblings and children of staff or for pupils with a GOK or non-GOK profile in the higher years of secondary school.

More information about the priority groups.

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What if you did not get a place?

Does the school not have any available places left? Then ask for a document of unsuccessful registration. You will then be placed on the waiting list. The school will contact you if a place opens up.

More information about the waiting list.

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