Elementary education

There are over 130 Dutch-speaking nursery or primary schools in the ordinary elementary education system in Brussels.

The Flemish Community bears full responsibility for Dutch-speaking education in Brussels, as well. The Flemish Community Commission implements a parallel education policy in Brussels.

What is the difference between an elementary school, a primary school and a nursery school?

  • Nursery schools offer nursery education for children aged 2.5 to 6 years.
  • Primary schools offer primary education for children aged 6 to 12 years and consist of six successive grades.
  • Nursery and primary education together form elementary education. Only schools that organise both nursery and primary education are permitted to call themselves elementary schools.

School for teens

A school for teens brings together pupils in the third stage of primary school (5th and 6th grade) and the first stage of secondary school (1A and 2A). The first school for teens began in Anderlecht on 1 September 2018. A second school for teens started in Schaarbeek on 1 September 2021.

Education in the Brussels Capital Region is organised by three networks

  • official, subsidised education (GM – municipal schools)
  • community education (GO! education organised by the Flemish Community)
  • independent subsidised education (GV – schools that are not set up by the government).

Also of interest

Registering in a Dutch-speaking elementary school

Registering in a Dutch-speaking elementary school

You will find full details on how and when to register your child on the website 'Inschrijven in Brussel' [Registering in a Dutch-speaking school in Brussels].
Onderwijs Vlaanderen (Education Flanders)

Onderwijs Vlaanderen (Education Flanders)

The Dutch-speaking schools in Brussels fall under Onderwijs Vlaanderen. See the general guidelines here.
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