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Brussels
Montessori and Belgian curriculums
Bilingual
Ages 3 to 8

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CurriculumsMontessori and Belgian
Languages of instructionEnglish and French
Age RangeAges 3 to 8
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English and French
Native English and French teachers
Extra languages (other than English and French)
Class sizes Average 14 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: €7,964
to: €11,000
Address: 60, avenue Legrand, 1150 Brussels, Belgium
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Number of students

55 in our Preschool, 20 in our 1st/2nd year of Primary (as of Sep 2021); aiming for a maximum of 20 children per primary class as of Sep 2022 (for a total of 120 students)

Number of nationalities represented in the school

Over 20 nationalities

Most common nationality

Belgian / British

Ratio of local students to international students

40% French speakers, 60% non-French speakers

Max. number of students per class

20

Average number of students per class

12-15

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English and French speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English and French

No, we teach by immersion. But individual support is always available for students who need it.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Dutch in grades 3-6 (as per the official Wallonia-Brussels Federation programme; as of September 2022)

Use of technology in the classroom

'CleverTouch' interactive screens in our Primary School

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

During the first lockdown in Brussels in the Spring of 2020, we offered online sessions via Zoom and were able to develop a solid, reliable working method to keep our young students (and their parents) engaged and feeling connected to their school and their classmates.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes (in Primary School)

Approximate hours of homework given

A maximum of 30 minutes per day

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

Yes

Entry evaluation for students

We meet individually with the parents before formalising each child's enrolment.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Usually in March. (This may change as our Primary School grows).

Students can join after academic year begins

Only in very exceptional circumstances.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

(Not applicable yet).

External examinations or assessments available

Belgian Primary School certifications (Wallonia-Brussels Federation) + Cambridge Assessment English

Results in these examinations

(Not applicable yet)

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No. We learn about and celebrate the very diverse religious and traditional holidays of all our students, encouraging respect and appreciation towards all creeds.

School bus service available

Not at the moment

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Not at the moment, but we work closely with the parents, doctors and therapists of any child requiring specialised support. At this moment we have only one student who has just joined us and is slightly behind her peers, and we will develop specific support structures for her in coordination with her parents and doctors as necessary.

Learning support offered

Not applicable at this time (see previous answer).

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Because of our mixed teaching methods, combining the Montessori approach with more traditional teacher-led activities and with cooperative learning, each child learns at their own pace and gifted students who require more stimulating challenges are perfectly integrated in our vertical classrooms (ages 3 to 6 and 6 to 8, as of Sep 2021). We work closely with the parents, doctors and therapists of any child who requires specialised or more advanced materials, which are made readily available in all our classrooms.

Student access to education psychologist

We work with two local paediatric psychologists who are on call if needed.

School start time

Doors open at 8:00 a.m.; classes start at 9:00 a.m.

School finish time

3:30 pm except on Wednesdays, which are half-days in Belgium (we finish after lunch, at 12:30 p.m.)

Supervised care before/after school

Free supervised care between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. and between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. (12:30 to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays). After-school care is available for a fee, between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. (1:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays).

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

"Happy Wednesdays": Wednesday afternoon activities including Art and Eurhythmics (musical expression through movement).
Holiday Camps: Week-long day camps during the main school breaks (November; February; March/April; 1 or 2 weeks in July)

School provided lunches

Hot lunches and healthy snacks — mid-morning and afternoon — for all students (€90 per month)

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes, as required. Children with multiple allergies or other medically justified problems with food can opt out of our hot meal programme and bring their own lunch.

Sports activities included

Psychomotricity, Dance and/or Yoga in our Preschool; Physical Education (following the Belgian curriculum which includes team sports, gymnastics, swimming, etc.) in our Primary School.

Sports facilities at the school

Outdoor playgrounds with climbing walls, slides, etc. Indoor psychomotricity materials (balls, hoops, cones, climbing structures, etc.)

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Not at the moment.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Stepping Stones is a private bilingual (English/French) preschool and primary school in Brussels. Like our students, our teachers and support staff are international, diverse, and open to the world. We aim to nurture each child's potential for creativity, adaptability and self-assurance, modelling the ideals of respect, liberty, autonomy, curiosity, solidarity and kindness.

Teaching approach of the school

At Stepping Stones we use a mixed methods approach to learning, taking the best from each system to offer a richly rewarding daily experience for each student. Children are the agents of their own learning process, guided by their teachers, at their own pace. Both in our Preschool and in our Primary School, we combine the Montessori approach with more “traditional” teacher-led methods, and the children learn through bilingual or dual immersion (English/French). In our Primary School, one day per week is devoted to cooperative learning, working on joint projects. We hope to enable the children, whose natural instincts are generous and just, to become agents of change in the world. As each child is unique, our differentiated teaching strategies pave the way for every child to reach their full potential, acquiring a solid base of fundamental knowledge and abilities, including psychosocial skills (managing their emotions, developing their creativity and critical thought, building empathy and concern for others...)

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