Special secondary education: schools with an application procedure

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

In the following schools, you must apply for a place for your child before you can register them, depending on the curriculum:

  • Cardijnschool (Anderlecht) 
    • For the complete curriculum
  • GO! Heemschool (Neder-Over-Heembeek) 
    • For the complete curriculim
  • KoninkIijk Instituut Woluwe (Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe) 
    • For the curriculum in the 1st year: OV4 - type 9 ASS
  • Kasterlinden BuSO (Sint-Agatha-Berchem) 
    • For the curriculum in the 1st year: OV2 and OV3 - type 7 taal, type 7 gehoor and type 9 ASS

Contact the school for more information.

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When to register?

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Registering in special secondary education with an application procedure for 2023-2024
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Prepare your application well: get to know the schools, inform yourself about the procedure and gather the necessary documents. Contact the CLB for assistance. Learn more about what you can do to prepare.

Siblings and children of staff have priority, but there is no separate application period for them. Apply for a place at the same time as the other children. More information about which groups have priority.

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Apply for a place for your child
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In these BuSO schools, you always have to apply for a place for your child first. Only then can you effectively register your child. Apply at the school of your first choice. Some children have priority.

Find out here how to apply for a place for your child.

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Register your child after applying for a place
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On 24 May 2023 you will receive an allocation notice. This states whether your child has a place or not. Did you get a place? Go to the school from 17 April to 8 May 2023 and register your child. Otherwise, you will lose the place reserved for you. Did you not get a place? Then you are on the school's waiting list. The school will contact you when a place opens up.

Do you not have a place, or did you not apply for a place for your child? Then you can also register your child during the open registration period starting on 11 May 2023, but only in the schools that still have places available.

Find out here how to register your child.

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Still looking for a place in a BuSO school for the 2023-2024 school year? Or would you like to have your child placed on the waiting list of a school? You can do so during the open registration period, which starts on 11 May 2023 at 9 a.m. Go to the school to register your child.

Please note: During the open registration period, registration takes place chronologically: whoever arrives first gets a place first. Moreover, no priority applies anymore.

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Start of school year 2023-2024
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Still looking for a place in a BuSO 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

To register in these BuSO schools, you must first apply for a place for your child. Prepare your application well: 

  1. Get to know the schools and their offer.
  2. Inform yourself about the procedure.
  3. Check if your child has priority.
  4. Gather the necessary documents.
  5. Check the list of available places.

More information and tips on how to prepare your application.

Step 2: Apply for a place for your child 

To register in these BuSO schools, you must first apply for a place for your child. 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. 

You can apply for a place from 1 March (9 a.m.) to 15 March 2023 (12 p.m.). Go to the school of your first choice and apply for a place for your child. The time of application is not important. It is not the case that the first one to apply gets a place first. However, it is important that you apply for a place for your child during this period. 

Siblings and children of staff have priority but apply for a place at the same time as other children.

More information on how to apply

Step 3: Register your child 

After applying, you will receive an allocation notice. This states whether your child has a place or not. Did you get a place? Go to the school from 17 April to 8 May 2023. Otherwise, you will lose the place reserved for you. Did you not get a place? Then your child will automatically be placed on the waiting list. The school will contact you when a place opens up. 

Learn more about registering after applying and about what to do if your child did not get a place

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Who has priority?

During the application period, priority is given to:

  • Siblings of pupils and children of staff
  • Children with at least one Dutch-speaking parent
  • Children from the special elementary school in the same campus

More information about the priority groups.

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What if you did not get a place?

Did you apply for a place for your child, but did you not get one? Then your child will be placed on the waiting list. The school will contact you when a place opens up. You can also still register your child during the open registration period. 

Did you not apply for a place for your child? Then you can register your child during the open registration period in the schools that still have places available. The open registration period starts on 11 May 2023 at 9 a.m. 

Learn more about what you can do if your child does not have a place

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