School Contact Information

  • Tel: 32-2-661-4211 | Fax: 32-2-661-4200

  • E-mail: admissions@isb.be | Website: www.isb.be

  • This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. For more information, contact A/OPR/OS (overseasschools@state.gov / 202-261-8200) or the school directly.

The International School of Brussels (ISB), founded in 1951, is an independent, nonprofit day school which offers an international education for students from age 3 to 19 for students of all nationalities.

Organization: The Board of Trustees has approximately 18 members and also 3-4 ex-officio members. There are also a number of honorary trustees. All of the trustees are volunteers. To ensure continuity and an institutional memory in a population with a 25% turnover each year, the board strives for a balance of long-term and short-term members. Board members are appointed for 3-year renewable terms, with a maximum length of service of 9 years. The board has representation from different nationalities to reflect the school’s international population. Each member serves on one of the standing committees or on an ad hoc committee, depending on his or her area of expertise.

Curriculum: The school has an international curriculum designed to develop independent learners and international citizens. The language of instruction is English with French being taught from the age of 5. There is an extensive English-as-a-Second-Language program. Other languages include Dutch, Spanish, and Japanese. High School prepares students for the International Baccalaureate Diploma as well as the IB Careers-related Diploma. High School students are awarded a U.S. High School Diplomas or the ISB Individualized Diploma for students graduating from the school’s special education program. Ninety five percent of ISB graduates continue on to higher education in colleges and universities around the world. ISB has developed a model learning support program, driven by its mission of inclusion, challenge, and success for every individual. The program serves students with mild to severe cognitive and developmental disabilities. The school has the largest competitive athletics program in Europe, including the only American football program in a European international school. It is equally committed to aesthetic education, with extensive programs in the visual and performing arts. ISB offers a summer camp and a wide range of extracurricular activities, including an outdoor-education international award program. ISB is deeply committed to environmental education and partners with a number of major organizations in developing environmental policy. The school is also highly committed to learning through technology with all students from grade 3 provided with mobile devices and the whole campus operating as a wireless environment. ISB is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council of International Schools.

Faculty: In the 2019-2020 school year, there are 242 full-time faculty members.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, was 1,348.   

Facilities: ISB occupies an outstanding campus comprising 45 acres of woodland situated in the southeast end of Brussels. The campus houses the 4 school divisions, from Early Childhood Center to high school and the school’s administrative hub, the Chateau de Fougères. ISB has excellent facilities, including 2 multipurpose gyms, 2 all-weather sports fields, an athletic track, a fitness center, an indoor climbing wall, and covered tennis courts. Vehicle access is strictly controlled, and all adults wear security badges. The campus is fenced and supervised by an efficient security team and monitored by CCTV. This upgrade is purely preventive and has not affected the welcoming atmosphere of the school or physical beauty of the campus.

Finances: In the 2019-2020 school year, annual tuition ranges from €18,310-€39,515. (All fees are quoted in euros.)

Information and statistics are current as of September 2019 and are provided by the school.

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