The platform for Belgium's international community

Search form

menu menu

Search for schools

Question

I am moving to Brussels and I have two children, age 13 and 10. The one is going to gymnasium and the other in the primary school. We are Greek and my kids know English and have just recently started learning French. I will work near the airport. What would be a good solution for the school of my kids? Also, are there any possibilities in Leuven for french schools ?

J

You're not going to find any French speaking schools in Leuven, as it is a Dutch speaking area. You need to look at living in Brussels for that.
.
Woluwe St Lambert for instance has a good selection of schools and will be an easy commute to the airport. Evere might suit better if you're on a tight budget.

Mar 13, 2013 10:53
winterlover

Well the previous answers have disappeared. Arts / Music schools are by audition only and without French or Dutch, your  children would not be able to attend, several don't start till the age of 14 too.

All areas have after school arts and music academies which are free for under 12s and extremely cheap for over 12s, less than 100 euro for the year. They follow an official curriculum. However, your children would immediately be able to study there without French or Dutch.

You would be very very wise to indeed drop your children down a year, given that 1) they speak no French 2) they are young in the year 3) the languages they speak are not Romance such as Spanish and Italian which might help acquisition of French 4) the curriculum is divided into 2 year cycles with compulsory exams at the end, they would benefit greatly by doing the full 2 years and not having to take exams where they have not studied half of the curriculum. I'd go for 2000 starting in 1st secondary and 2003 starting in 5th primary. 

The alternative is the Greek section of the European school as category 3 paying students, will cost you a bit under 6k a year I believe and I think only the Ixelles school has a Greek secttion.

Mar 15, 2013 09:27
DinaK

Kalimera sas,

Unfortunately, I cannot answer your answer with any details, but I would try the "Greek Gymnasium Lyceum of Brussels" - all lessons in greek.

Whatever you decide to do, you have to act on it NOW : Public schools have loooong waiting list and the registrations for most private schools ended several weeks ago...

Good luck :)

May 8, 2013 11:47
DinaK

Kalimera sas,

Unfortunately, I cannot answer your answer with any details, but I would try the "Greek Gymnasium Lyceum of Brussels" - all lessons in greek.

Whatever you decide to do, you have to act on it NOW : Public schools have loooong waiting list and the registrations for most private schools ended several weeks ago...

Good luck :)

May 8, 2013 11:47