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.
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.
National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/A-levels/IB Diploma; ages 18 months–18 years; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,330 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; 1,500 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, with only a banner and a long uphill drive visible from the road, 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.
St John's International School Brussels ( - pending)
Curricula - PYP/AP/IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 600 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 and a MYP candidate. 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.