Enrollment in secundary school

In Belgium children go to secondary school from the age of 12 to 18 years old. Although schools are organized through different educational networks (Government GO! – Provincial School - Free Catholic - Free alternative) the Flemish Community is responsible for the educational standard and the financing of all schools. 

The enrollment of children in a secondary school in Leuven depends upon the educational network of the schools. The enrollment of pupils for the first year of secondary school is very specific.

Action steps

  • Choosing a school is an important decision. So request more information about the Belgian school system and about the secondary schools in Leuven.
  • Visit the schools that you’re interested in: make a private appointment in the school(s) or visit the school(s) during one of their open school days or information sessions which are organized at specific times each year.

Enrollment in first grade of a Catholic Secondary School

  • You can find more information about the educational offer of the Catholic schools in Leuven and their enrollment process on the website of the Catholic School Network or in the brochure (both only in Dutch).
  • Consult the overview of the information sessions and the open school days in order to visit the schools.
  • The timing for enrollment for 2018 is currently not available – please find below the timing for 2017 as indication
  • From Monday 20th of March until Friday 31st of March 2017 you can directly enroll children in a school who already have a sibling attending that school.
  • From Wednesday 19th of April until Wednesday 3rd of May 2017 you can register your child for the school(s) of your choice using the online registration tool
  • Once registered, the available places will be allocated. You will receive an e-mail with the contact details of the school where you can enroll your child. Make an appointment between Thursday 11th of May and Friday 2nd of June 2017 with the school to enroll your child.
  • From Tuesday the 6th of June onwards, if you missed the registration period or you did not find a school yet for your child, you can enroll your child directly in the school of your choice, if there are places available. You will need to make an appointment with the school to enroll your child.

Enrollment for the first year of a GO! School, the provincial school or the Steiner school

  • Make contact with the schools for more information about their specific educational offer, the organized information sessions, and open school days (websites only in Dutch): GO! Redingenhof, GO! De Ring, GO! Ter Beuke, Provincial School De Wijnpers, Steinerschool De Zonnewijzer.
  • The timing for enrollment for 2018 is currently not available – please find below the timing for 2017 as indication
  • From Monday 20th of March until Friday 31st of March 2017 you can directly enroll children who already have a sibling attending that school.
  • From Wednesday 19th of April until Wednesday 3rd of May 2017 all children can be enrolled directly in the school
  • From Tuesday the 11th of May onwards, if you missed the registration period or you did not find a school yet for your child, you can enroll your child directly in the school of your choice, if there are places available. You need to make an appointment with the school to enroll your child.

Enrollment of children in other grades than the first year

  • You can enroll your child directly at the school. Contact the school for more information.

Enrollment of children during the schoolyear

  • If your child would like to change schools during the schoolyear, you can enroll your child directly in the school of your choice, if there are places available. You need to make an appointment with the school to enroll your child.

Attention points

  • The schoolyear in Belgium starts on the 1st of September and ends on the 30th of June. Here you can find more information about the school holidays in Belgium.
  • A typical school day in Belgium starts around 8:30 am and finishes around 3:30 pm. There is no school on Wednesday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday. A lunch break is usually provided from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Most pupils stay in the school during the lunch break and normally bring their own lunch. Some schools provide hot meals during lunch.
  • In most secondary schools in Leuven, the availability of places can be limited. To make sure that you can enroll your child in a school of your choice, it is important to register your child for more than one school or, when it is possible to enroll directly in the school, to go early to the school for enrollment.
  • Children with special needs are assisted as much as possible in regular schools. To meet some children’s special needs, there are also schools for special needs education in and around Leuven. You can contact the schools directly to enroll your child for special needs education.
  • There is no secondary international school in Leuven. Here you find an overview of the International schools in Belgium.
  • One of the biggest advantages of choosing a local school is immersion. Children will be immersed in the local language (Dutch) and culture. Several schools actively support children with learning Dutch and also organize introduction classes for newcomers.

Audience

Parents who want to enroll their children in a secondary school in Leuven.

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