A snapshot: schools in Brussels considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats.
Schools with a full GSGI review are noted with next to their names.
(pending) means that the school is on our list to review.
By full GSGI review, we mean school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final reviews 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 and descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. We are aware of the other schools on this page and we continually add or remove schools, as deemed appropriate.
National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A Level/ BTEC/ IB Diploma; ages 18 months–18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,350 students
A modern school, both well-established and highly regarded, offering an English-based curriculum. Located in Tervuren, a suburb about 10 minutes outside Brussels, adjacent to the vast and serene Tervuren Park and 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 students
Large school but with small classes, on a beautiful wooded campus in the Watermael Boitsfort suburb of Brussels (ISB is completely hidden from sight) from the road. Developing a 21st century curriculum to encourage creative expression 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 (pending)
PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma/ AP; ages 2-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 500 students
American elementary, middle and high school in the suburb of Waterloo (with easy access from Brussels) offering the International Baccalaureate programmes to students from over 50 nationalities. Founded by nuns (Faithful Companions of Jesus) and still placing a strong emphasis on Christian values. Now owned by the 42 strong Inspired Group of schools. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA). Purpose-built facilities including an art studio and a 400-seat theatre.
These schools have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.
IEYC/ IPC/ MYP; ages 2-15; co-ed; day; independent; independent; privately owned; 220 students
Founded in 1972 as an English language primary school in a prosperous suburb of Brussels, next to the Bois de la Cambre. The secondary school opened in 2018 with the intention of adding an additional year group annually up to the age of 18 and offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
Adapted National Curriculum for England; ages 3-14; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 200 students
In Etterbeek, which has metamorphosed from a hamlet, via a middle ages barony into the upmarket, residential area of the 21st century. The school is twenty-five years old and providing an English education from nursery to senior school entry. Expanding upwards, with year 7 entry started in September 2019. Leavers have moved on to academic schools in the UK including Eton, King’s Canterbury and Westminster as well as leading Brussels options.
French curriculum; ages 2-10; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 50 students
A brand new primary school owned by the Odyssey network which aims to combine a French academic programme with influences from other international educational systems, in global schools.
Adapted curriculum/ International Primary Curriculum; ages 3-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 70 students
Result of a merger in 2017, between the ISF International School Tervuren and St Paul's British Primary School. An Accredited Member of the Council of British Overseas Schools (COBIS).
French curriculum/ Brevet/ French Bac; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; state; 2,720 students
Established over a century ago, a member of the French Agency for Education Abroad network (AEFE) and accredited by the French Ministry of Education. Students come from around 40 different nationalities but the majority are either Belgian or French. Located in Uccle, about half an hour south of Brussels centre.
For more information on the schools above, please go to each school’s individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.