How and when

After primary school, your child will enter secondary education. Here you will find everything there is to know about enrolling in a Dutch-speaking secondary school in Brussels.

Enquire on time. Why?

  • Choosing a school and a course of study takes time. 
  • In some schools you will need to apply for a place first.
  • Some pupils have priority.

How does the registration  procedure in the secondary education take place?

The short instructive film below explains how to register your child in a Dutch-speaking secondary school in Brussels. This film is translation of the Dutch film.

The film highlights the following:

  • How to register in the first year of secondary school? This takes place in 3 periods:
            1. Priority for siblings of pupils and children of staff
            2. Apply for a place or register
                     - 1A with application procedure
                     - 1A without application procedure or 1B
            3. Open registrations
  • How to register in the second year of secondary school or in higher years? This takes place in 2 periods:
            1. Priority for pupils with a Dutch-speaking parent
            2. Open registrations

Make sure the sound is turned on while watching the film.


Take a look at the page ‘Which school’ for more information about the information sessions organised by the LOP Brussel SO and the CLB’s of Brussels.


    When can my child go to secondary education?

    Once your child has obtained a certificate of elementary education, it can attend 1st grade A or 1st grade B of full-time secondary education. Sometimes, your child can also start mainstream secondary education without being in possession of a certificate of elementary education.

    Your child can start in 1st grade A if:

    • it attended the 6th grade of primary school, did not pass but did receive a favourable advice from the class council and the CLB (Pupil Guidance Centre)
    • it is admitted on the basis of a screening by the admissions class council

    Your child can start in 1st grade B if:

    • it attended the 6th grade of primary school but failed to pass
    • it did not attend the 6th grade of primary school but will be turning 12 years of age on 31 December of the school year in question at the latest

    1st grade B caters for youngsters who have fallen behind or who prefer to learn by doing. After 1st grade B, pupils can either go to the pre-vocational year or to 1st grade A.

    Is your child suffering from a disability, a learning disorder or behavioural disorder? If so, it can go to special secondary education where your child will get the help it needs. When your child starts school in September, you will need a report of the CLB.

    Does my child start immediately in the general (ASO), vocational (BSO), arts (KSO) or technical (TSO) secondary education in the first year?

    You will find all the information you need about full-time mainstream secondary education on the Onderwijs Vlaanderen website.

    My child is in sixth grade at the primary school on the same campus as the secondary school. Do I still have to register my child for the first year of secondary education?

    Yes. You have to register your child for the first year of secondary school on the same campus. Your child is not registered automatically. Nor is your child given priority.

    Where can I find a list of all the schools?

    Take a look at the page ‘Which school’. On there is a list of all Dutch-speaking schools in Brussels. You can also request the school guide (in Dutch) there.