Choosing a school can be difficult. Go to the information or parent events where you will get a host of tips.
The LOP Brussel Basisonderwijs (Local Consultation Platform for Brussels Primary Education) organises information events about the registration and application procedure. These information events are hosted in Dutch and are free. Due to the corona measures (COVID-19), the sessions will be held online.
The online information sessions took place on:
- Tuesday 18 January 2022 (7.30 - 8.30 p.m.)
- Thursday 20 January 2022 (7.30 - 8.30 p.m.)
Get to know the schools
Want to visit schools? Due to the corona measures, contacts between adults need to be digital (online), the maximum possible. To inform parents, schools are coming up with alternatives.
- Take a look at the website of the schools.
- A couple of schools organise group visitis, online or on site. Here you will find a list of these schools (regularly updated). Attention:
- Most of the time it is necessary to register if you want to participate in the visits: contact the school.
- The on site visits are under precondition of the corona measures. Update 19/01/2022: according the the last guidelines of the Flemish ministery of education, no on site activities are allowed in schools for the time being. The on site visites in the list above will be held online or will be canceled. The list will be updated as soon as possible.
Overview of the schools
At www.onderwijsinbrussel.be you will find an overview of all the Dutch-speaking schools in Brussels. Via this website, you can also apply for a school guide which contains the contact details of all the Dutch-speaking schools in Brussels, including the course offer of the secondary schools.
Any tips on how to choose a school?
Select a number of schools when you go about applying for a place. Which schools should you choose and why? A few tips:
- Would you like your child to attend Dutch-speaking or French-speaking education?
- Look for information about education in Brussels: What schools are there? What educational networks are there? What support do the schools receive? You will also find out all those details at the information events.
- What is your idea of the ideal school? For instance: is the school nearby? What is its pedagogical approach? What is the attitude and style of the teachers and management? How can I, as a parent, participate? Does the school offer before and after-school care?
- At www.onderwijsinbrussel.be you will find an overview of all the Dutch-speaking schools by municipality. Each school has a fact sheet with practical information.
- Collect information about the schools. Go to the school's website. Make sure to read the following information:
- Pedagogical vision: this is the school's vision of teaching and education. It contains information about the pedagogical and teaching methods.
- School regulations: how is the school organised? How does the school organise homework, diaries, reports, care…? What costs could you incur?
- Class blogs and photographs: some websites also feature activities and photographs.
- Read the school's full inspection report. This has been compiled by the Flemish Ministry of Education. Find the report on your school at www.ond.vlaanderen.be/doorlichtingsverslagen.
- Visit the school: you will get a sense of the atmosphere and meet teachers and management. Pay attention to the things that really matter to you. Here is a list of questions you can ask during a visit (in Dutch). Some schools can be visited in group.
- Talk to parents in your area who are also looking for a school. They may have visited other schools already. Or they may have different experiences. Go to the parent event(s) in your area and meet other parents.
- Also talk to the children who are going to the school already and to their parents. Do the children enjoy going to school? Do the parents have any comments? It is through their stories that you will get to know the style of the school.
- Make a choice. On the basis of these elements, choose a number of schools. Also check out the number of places these schools still have available and their priority criteria. And don't forget to read the section 'How do I maximise my child's chances of getting a place in a school?'
How do I maximise my child's chances of getting a place in a school?
Whether your child will get a place in a certain school will depend on:
- The number of places that are available at the school
- The number of places that are available per priority group
- The number of children that applies for a place for this year of birth/grade
- The priority group of the other children who applied for a place
- The school's position in your list of favourite schools
- The number of schools you choose
- The distance between the school and your child's domiciliation address or your work address.
A few tips:
- Put a school that has plenty of availability in your priority group and is close to home or your place of work down as your 1st choice.
- Choose several schools.