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Primary School

    • Primary education is targeted at children from 6 to 12 years old and comprises six subsequent school years.
    • A child usually starts primary education when it is six years old and thus obliged to engage in education.
    • When successfully completing primary education, children are granted a certificate.
How to enroll?

There is a lot of demand for Dutch-speaking education in Brussels and sometimes there aren't enough places. A few tips on how to improve your chances for a place:


  • Choose several schools
  • Your first-choice school should have enough places available and be close to your home or workplace
  • Choose schools with lots of places available for your priority group

Is your child about to move from nursery school to the 1st grade of primary school? You may need to apply for a place in the primary school, even if it is the same school. Contact the school to find out.

Special education schools have their own registration procedure.

When to enroll?

Registering in a Dutch-speaking primary school in Brussels, school year 2020-2021:


  • In January - February 2020: getting to know various schools (visit the schools, talk to other parents, etc.)
  • From 6 to 17 January 2020: priority registration for siblings of pupils and children of staff
  • As from 20 December 2019: check out the list of available places per school at https://www.inschrijveninbrussel.be/en/primary-education/available-places-5
  • Between 02 March and 31 March 2020: put your child’s name down at inschrijveninbrussel.be. You will need different evidence documents
  • Early May 2020: you will receive an e-mail or a letter informing you of the result of your application
  • From 4 to 26 May 2020: go to the school and register your child. No places left? You will receive a “place application unsuccessful” document from the school. Your child will be placed on the school's waiting list and the school will contact you if a place opens up
  • From 29 May 2020: open registration round: available places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If there are no places left, your child will be placed on the waiting list
  • 01 September 2020: first school day
Who has Priority?
  • Siblings can register first, together with children of staff
  • Next in line are children with Dutch-speaking parents, non-GOK children and GOK children. GOK children are children whose mother does not have a diploma of secondary education or who receive a school allowance. Non-GOK children do not meet these criteria


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