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We are searching for a primary school for next year for our son (he turns 2 this June).
We are leaving close to Place Dumont at WSP, and we would like a school with good organization, international kids and garderie at least until 6pm.
We were told that Mater Dei and Sacre-Coeur are good choices. Has anybody got any experience with these schools? Do you know any school that has also some classes in English?

Thanks a lot. Peggy

Cat

As you live close to Place Dumon, your nearest choice would be Ecole Communal de Stockel. My son attends 3rd maternelle there and will continue his primary education here. As far as I know, a child has to be 2.5 and potty trained to start maternelle

Apr 1, 2012 19:44
Stockel

Our 3,5 years old daughter has been going to Sacre-Coeur since Sep 2012 but we are considering moving her to another school. The school itself is OK (nice teachers, activities) but in spring time it was very crowded, outdoors spaces are dull, and we have heard only bad things about the garderier. Does anyone have good experience from Ecole Communal de Stockel (maternelle)? How are the group sizes? How is the garderie? Would you recommend that school?

Aug 2, 2013 13:22
winterlover

the space at EC de Stockel is even smaller but number of children. There are going to be 28 classes in the French school and 10 in the Dutch school. That is 800 children, The classes are only a tiny bit smaller at EC de Stockel in maternelle and they will eventually go to 25 capacity as the primaire increases to 3 classes per year like the maternelle already is. I don't know what you heard about the garderie at SC de Stockel, "heard" I am assuming means you haven't actually used the garderie? There is no separate garderie area at EC de Stockel and the use the dining hall, like at many schools, where at least at SC de Stockel, there are 3 rooms used for the garderie, it's separate from the school with its own set of toys, tables. TV for later when the cleaners are in and they need the kids to sit still. Both garderies suffer from numbers and that is the case in nearly all schools in the area. You cannot blame any school for having dull outside spaces, they suffer from lack of funding. I certainly wouldn't move a child to another school due to hearsay from other parents, EC de Stockel may have no spaces anyway, such is the popularity of the school, and once you've left DC de Stockel, there is a waiting list quite long and your child will be replaced quickly. You have till 15th September to change schools, after which you cannot change, so I'd think carefully. IF you really are concerned about garderie, I'd employ an after school nanny.

Aug 9, 2013 21:57
winterlover

the space at EC de Stockel is even smaller but number of children. There are going to be 28 classes in the French school and 10 in the Dutch school. That is 800 children, The classes are only a tiny bit smaller at EC de Stockel in maternelle and they will eventually go to 25 capacity as the primaire increases to 3 classes per year like the maternelle already is. I don't know what you heard about the garderie at SC de Stockel, "heard" I am assuming means you haven't actually used the garderie? There is no separate garderie area at EC de Stockel and the use the dining hall, like at many schools, where at least at SC de Stockel, there are 3 rooms used for the garderie, it's separate from the school with its own set of toys, tables. TV for later when the cleaners are in and they need the kids to sit still. Both garderies suffer from numbers and that is the case in nearly all schools in the area. You cannot blame any school for having dull outside spaces, they suffer from lack of funding. I certainly wouldn't move a child to another school due to hearsay from other parents, EC de Stockel may have no spaces anyway, such is the popularity of the school, and once you've left DC de Stockel, there is a waiting list quite long and your child will be replaced quickly. You have till 15th September to change schools, after which you cannot change, so I'd think carefully. IF you really are concerned about garderie, I'd employ an after school nanny.

Aug 9, 2013 21:57