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Question

Hi,

I'm moving to Brussels in about 3 months. I need some help regarding schools for 14 and 15 years. I want a public school but I don't know if they will accept children that need adaptation to the language. My children speak only english and spanish.

Could some one help me please. I will leave in the French part of Brussels.

Thank you very much!

J

You need one of the schools with a specialist section for non-francophone children. I have heard of them, but I couldn't name one. They tend not to held in very high regard, mainly due to attracting poor kids with a poor educational background. This may or may not be justified.
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All of Brussels' 19 communes are "the French speaking part". They are also Dutch speaking as well, as the whole region is bilingual. Some communes provide services in English too.
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It would make sense to leave the kids where they are for another month so they at least finish their school year and get an end of year report. A good report could convince a good school to give them a place.

Feb 20, 2013 07:59