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Bogaerts International School opens second campus in the north of Brussels in September
Ahead of the grand opening of its second campus in the north of Brussels, Bogaerts International School is inviting prospective families to its next Walk-in Day from 4 to 8 July.
The open-door event is an opportunity for families to discover the multinational school’s new facility in Diegem on the border with Evere, located strategically next to NATO and a large number of international companies.
They will also have a chance to meet the team at the English-language International Baccalaureate Diploma school. “It’s an exciting development,” says founder and Director David-Ian Bogaerts of the school’s expansion beyond its main campus in the Uccle forest at Domaine Latour de Freins.
“The first site has reached its full potential and enrolment is full. The opening of this North Campus will allow us to welcome new students to a Bogaerts education as well as opening up the possibility for students to transfer to the new campus, along with some of our very experienced teachers and staff.”
From September the new facility, with a capacity of 500, will be open to children from age three to 18. It will run Early Years pre-primary classes, the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP).
The north campus is led by Raphael Angel, a highly experienced educator who has an extensive understanding of the International Baccalaureate Programme (IB).
“Enrolments at the second campus are exceeding expectations,” confirms Bogaerts, who points out that the same academic atmosphere and supportive community that makes BIS special will be present at the north site.
He describes the key attributes of the school as its small class sizes, competitive prices and unique pedagogy, “a mixture of European rigour and American-style fulfilment”. Dance, music and the arts also play an important role within the curriculum. While classes are held in English, befitting an international education, there is also a strong emphasis on the French language.
The school boasts a learning community representing over 47 countries. “We offer a solid foundation of general learning tailored to the needs of individual students. Much of this is accessed through an emphasis on Inquiry and collaboration throughout our programmes.”
The director is proud of the new campus, the finalisation of a project that has been years in preparation. The 1980s former office complex offers an architecturally interesting contrast to the rural grandeur of the school’s first site, which is surrounded by eight hectares of parkland.
“Everybody agrees that the new school looks great. It presented us with a blank canvas where we could do what we wanted. After meetings with architects, we made the most of the natural light and open space,” says Bogaerts.
It’s also a bold move as the majority of international schools are clustered in the centre or leafy suburbs. “I strongly believe that we can open a large new school where people work rather than where they live.”
Head of admissions and communications, Gloria Harrison, insists that BIS is one school with two campuses: “There will be the same coordinators, curriculum and uniforms, and we’ll also share the personal development of staff to collaborate and develop the curriculum. We’ll also join together for events like the Bogaerts Gala and we’ll extend our School Houses’ system. We currently have five houses named after the Greek Gods and there will be two more houses starting at the north campus.”
In addition to its fees and geographical locations south and north of Brussels, how does the school stand out in the competitive market of international schools in the EU capital? Says Bogaerts: “Let’s face it, there’s really something like a family about us. We’re medium-sized, not too small, yet you know all the students and that’s a good thing.”
He also believes in team work. “It’s important that staff, students and parents are happy to create an environment for learning.”
For Harrison, the key to the success of Bogaerts is its family ambiance and its class size, which is between 16 and 20 students. “The kids get a lot attention, everyone knows their name and groups are divided for languages and maths depending on their different levels, families really like this type of care and education.”
Bogaerts International School - North Campus - Walk-in Days
4 to 8 July, 09.00-16.30
Or by appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org