You may wonder...

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

In Primary School, teaching in English and French alternate every other day and on Wednesdays, every other week, in order to allow equal immersion in both languages. In Year 2, our students have a half day of English and a half day of French; providing daily exposure for the acquirement of important foundations. 

In addition to homeroom teachers, our teaching staff includes: specialized language teachers (providing courses for beginners in English and French), Sports teachers, Music teachers and a Religion teacher. An Art teacher also gives instruction to our Year 7 class in learning more specialized techniques. 

In the Primary department this poses no difficulty; as specialist support is provided in both languages. Students beginning in English will be provided with ESL (English Second Language) classes and in French (Français Langue Étrangere). In addition to these smaller size classes, in which to learn foundations, we also offer important immersion opportunities for these beginners in specific subjects 

Generally, it can take an average of 2 years to acquire the basics in English and French, particularly for reading and writing skills in order to enter into the Main classroom. Total fluency in both languages can be expected at the end of the Primary school. 

Children have a great capacity to assimilate several languages at a very early age and we take extreme care in our teaching methods. Foundationally, it is important to begin Reading and Writing in just one language; in Year 1 in English and in the first year of Primary school in French.  

In our Primary School, Science is taught in English and History and Geography are taught in French. 

Mathematics is taught equally in both languages, following the progression of the Cambridge curriculum.

Our school is a Cambridge International School, and as such offers the Cambridge Primary Programme (CPP) and the Cambridge International exams (CIE). In the Secondary School, we remain an established accredited test center of the University of Cambridge, whereby « International GCSE » and “A” levels are offered.  

In the French section, at the end of primary school, pupils who wish to do so, may take an external examination to obtain the Certificat d’Etude de Base (Certificate of Basic Studies), a diploma that gives access to Belgian public secondary schools.

Our programme and these examinations are recognised both nationally and internationally and satisfy the educational obligations in Belgium and throughout the world.  

 

Extracurricular activities were suspended due to Covid restrictions, but a new programme of options will be announced shortly. In 2021, we offered following activities.