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Choosing the right school


How different are the Vrij schools different from the Go! Community schools in terms of teaching, activities, etc? I am planning to switch my child to a new school next year and I have a hard time trying to figure out the difference and choosing the right one.


Very little. You should find that the free schools have a specific religion lesson in line with the school governance and that the Go! schools have a choice of religion(s) or not.

To a Belgian with a partisan view of the political and social history of the country, it's more a matter of who you don't want to have control over your children - church or state, and therefore tends to be a clear decision steeped in family history.

May 29, 2020 18:24

Yes, what J said, but these days there isn't that much difference even in that sense. Most 'Catholic' schools will (also) deal with non-Christian subjects during their religious classes.

Catholic schools have a slightly better reputation since, technically not being state-run (only heavily subsidized), they can be somewhat more exclusive - but that's a generalization. You should always research the individual school before sending your child there.

Aug 22, 2020 18:43