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Best Schools in Brussels Belgium

A snapshot overview of schools in Brussels that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.

If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.

Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names. Pending means that we are planning to review the school.

By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.


Schools in Brussels reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International

British School of Brussels 

National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/A-levels/IB Diploma; ages 18 months–18 years; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,350 pupils

An all-inclusive modern school both well-established and highly regarded, offering an English-based curriculum in Tervuen, a suburb about 10 minutes outside of Brussels, adjacent to the vast and serene Tervuren Park near the African Museum. Predominantly British teachers but around 70 different nationalities represented. Terrific facilities, including sports complex with 25m swimming pool, kitchen classrooms, design and textile technology workshops etc.

Click here to read our full review of British School of Brussels.

International School of Brussels  (pending)

Common Ground Curriculum (CGC)/AP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,460 pupils

Large school but with small classes, on a beautiful wooded campus in the Watermael Boitsfort suburb of Brussels (ISB is completely hidden from sight,  but treasures await you at the top of that hill). Developing a curriculum using conceptual strands such as, creative expression, personal meaning and connections to the natural world. Newish secondary school, extensive sports facilities and large and colourful playgrounds. Predominantly American but students from more than 60 different nationalities. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).

St John's International School Brussels  (pending)

PYP/MYP/AP/IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 650 pupils

American elementary, middle and high school in suburb of Waterloo (with easy access from Brussels) offering IB Diploma to students from over 50 nationalities. Founded by nuns (Faithful Companions of Jesus) and still places a strong emphasis on Christian values. Now owned by the 42 strong Inspired Group of schools. Accredited by CIS, MSA and IBO. Purpose-built facilities including an art studio and a 400-seat theatre.


This school has been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing it.


British Junior Academy of Brussels

Adapted National Curriculum for England; ages 3-14; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 180 pupils

In Etterbeek, metamorphosed from a hamlet, via a middle ages barony into the upmarket residential area of the 21st century. 25 years old and providing a British education from nursery to senior school entry. Expanding with year 7 entry starting in September 2019 and potentially year 8 in 2020. Leavers have moved on to academic schools in the UK including Eton, King’s Canterbury and Westminster as well as leading Brussels options.

ISF (International School of Flanders) Tervuren (formerly St Paul's British Primary School)

School adapted curriculum/IPC; ages 3-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 70 pupils

Result of a merger in 2017, between the ISF International School Tervuren and St Paul's British Primary School. Accredited by the Council of British Overseas Schools (COBIS).

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