Montessori schools in Belgium
Here is your list of Montessori schools in Belgium, ranging from toddler to primary school education.
There is a wide range of choice in education in Belgium, and international families can choose from state or private schools, bilingual schools, international schools or method schools that follow a particular teaching theory, such as Montessori schools. Below is a list of some of the main Montessori schools in Belgium.
International Montessori School Hof Kleinenberg
The International Montessori School in Hof Kleinenberg is housed in a historic rectangular farm situated opposite the European School in Woluwe. It is a historic restored farmhouse situated in a green environment that takes children aged 2.5 to 11 and secondary students up to 18 years old. The individualised approach ensures that different learning styles are acknowledged and students have the opportunity to develop their personal strengths and challenges.
The school houses modern learning technology alongside a ‘historic’ school library, science laboratory and a multi-functional space used for visual arts, theatre, music and special events such as markets, concerts and exhibitions.
The children in preschool and primary are in bilingual learning environments and the older students work at a multilingual level. The Diploma Programme students, being the oldest ones, work towards the final International Baccalaureate examinations after which they can then enter universities worldwide. Due to the small-scale setting, they receive personalised mentorship.
Even though the school is in the capital of Brussels, the children can play in a green surrounding with ample playground facilities. The After School Hour Programme is available every day up to 6pm and caters to a large group of children joining in different workshops such as language learning, circus, cooking, art and craft.
Kleinebergstraat 97–99, 1932 Sint-Stevens Woluwe | +32 (0)2 721 2111 | www.international-montessori.org
International Montessori School Hof ten Berg
The International Montessori School in Hof ten Berg is situated on a cul-de-sac close to the International Montessori in Hof Kleinenberg. The building is a registered historic monument that offers old charm and innovative education catering to the developmental needs of each individual child.
The classrooms are fully equipped and children from 2 to 9 years old receive a personalised approach, allowing in-depth interaction and repetition. Children acquire a quick vocabulary in both French and English and a range of programs are available to the student populace. Early arrival and breakfast is possible from 7:30am onwards and an After School Hours programme is available until 6:30 pm.
Hof ten Berg 22, 1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert | +32 (0)2 721 2111 | www.international-montessori.org
International Montessori Savoorke
The International Montessori Savoorke caters to children aged 6 weeks to 6 years old. The 'Savoorke's' premises consist of a beautifully renovated farmhouse of 200 years old and a lovely garden. It offers different part-time and full-time programs to all children, the latest pick-up being 6pm.
Children in the Montessori feel part of a large family as the teachers offer a relaxed, child friendly atmosphere with individual care, starting from the Toddler Community and Children’s House where children are exposed to a wide range of independent activities. When ready for primary, the children move to the Rotselaerlaan location situated on the other side of Tervuren. This building also houses the Parent Café. Information sessions and get-togethers are organised here on a regular basis. Topics such as 'Love me enough to set some limits', 'Television for the Young Child', 'Bilingual Learning' and so on, are offered to the parent body.
There is also a Parent-Infant Group for babies and their parents to undertake an interesting set of sessions related to the first year of life. An After School Hour programme is available up to 6pm. During this time children play outdoors, or enjoy indoors with cooking, story reading, art and craft. Parking is available on the street. Door-to-door school bus service can also be arranged.
Bergestraat 24, 3080 Tervuren | +32 (0)2 767 6360 | www.international-montessori.org
International Montessori School Tervuren
This school offers an international and bilingual curriculum to children aged 2.5 to 11 years. Following the International Baccalaureate (IB) for Middle School years, the graduates of the primary section are exposed to the combination of the individualised Montessori approach with the IB program. Students' different learning styles are acknowledged.
The International Montessori School in Tervuren consists of two large neighbouring villas with interconnecting playgrounds and flower gardens. There is even a hothouse, vegetable garden and chicken coop. The houses are decorated in a friendly, attractive manner and feel like a second home to the children.
Bilingual education is offered to all students. The classrooms are staffed by two teachers, one always speaking English and the other one always speaking French. Once students are ready for secondary school and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, they transfer to the International Montessori School's other location in Woluwe. A school bus between these two premises is available for families having a child in both locations. Door-to-door bus service is also available.
Rotselaerlaan 1 and 3, 3080 Tervuren | +32 (0)2 767 6360 | www.international-montessori.org
International Montessori Centre Wezembeek-Oppem
The International Montessory Centre is Wezembeek-Oppem is open for children aged 2 to 6 years old and is situated on a quiet cul-de-sac close to a park. The building has three levels with two immaculate learning environments on the ground floor and first floor and a gym room in the basement.
The educational approach emphasises the development of the whole personality. Children are aided in becoming independent self-thinking individuals. The school is staffed by an enthusiastic international group of teachers. Each classroom has a ratio of two teachers to 24 children, one speaking English and the other speaking French at all times. Children live and work in both languages and absorption is additionally facilitated by the concrete nature of all the activities.
The After School Hour programme is available in the gym room. Children are busy with gymnastics, art and craft, reading, singing and, when the sun shines, playing outside.
Molenweg 4, 1970 Wezembeek-Oppem | +32 (0)2 767 6360 | www.international-montessori.org
La Maison des Enfants Montessori Children's House
This schools offers bilingual Montessori education for children aged 2.5 to 5.5 years, where French/English is spoken (and Spanish), and is located in a pleasant green, multicultural setting in Uccle. The school is organised to meet children's needs at each development stage and to provide a secure community atmosphere. The teacher guides children in carefully prepared activities, which build sensory motor skills, self-confidence, independence and cooperation. The materials developed by Dr. Montessori (now used worldwide) allow each child to progress at their own pace and discover the joy of learning. Subjects include the study of numbers, counting, mathematical operations, phonics, writing, pre-reading and reading skills. Cultural areas include geography, science, art and music. Half-day and full-day programmes are possible.
Avenue Dolez 458B, 1180 Brussels | +32 (0)2 375 6184 | www.maison-des-enfants-montessori.be
Montessori House Belgium and Brussels
Montessori House Belgium was founded in 1995, born from the spirit and force of teachers and parents who believed in the Montessori principles. Montessori House Belgium is situated on the border between Waterloo and Braine L'Alleud. The school has three classes: Nursery (ages 2–4), Primary (ages 4–6) and Elementary (ages 6–9). Montessori House has also opened a location in the heart of the Brussels called Montessori House Brussels. The school is a bilingual school for children aged 2–6.
Classes are kept small in both schools with a child to teacher ratio of 8:1. Two Montessori trained teachers in each class ensure a high academic standard. The staff hold a genuine concern for the academic, social and personal development of each child, which forms the core of the school's educational character.
Both schools are bilingual (French and English), although English is the principal language. French lessons are given on a daily basis and children follow weekly music, gym, sports and swimming classes with specialised French-speaking teachers.
The schools follow a modern Montessori program. Language skills, mathematics, computer skills, cultural studies, music and poetry, arts and crafts and performing arts are all an integral part of the curriculum. Pupils also perform concerts and plays for parents twice a year. Furthermore, the schools organise field trips each term to museums and local events.
Montessori House Belgium: 117 Rue Pergère, 1420 Braine L’Alleud | +32 (0)2 385 1503 | www.montessorihouse.net
Montessori House Brussels: Avenue de Tervuren 195, 1150 Brussels | +32 (0)2 733 6355 | www.montessoribrussels.org
Montessori Kids offers bilingual English/French education for children from 1.5 to 12 years old. The school is divided into four age groups: a group welcoming children aged 1.5 to 3 years, a group for children aged 3 to 6 years, a third group for children aged 6 to 9 years and a fourth group of children aged 9 to 12 years. Each class is directed by two teachers, one English-speaking and the other French-speaking, both always teaching in their native language. The low teacher/student ratio (1:7 to 1:10) allows for individualised learning, enabling each child to work at their own pace.
Activities promote the development of social skills, emotional growth and physical coordination. The school, which is housed in a large villa in rural Lasne, offers large and bright classrooms opening up to a vast garden and playground.
Montessori Kids is also approved by the Belgian youth authority O.N.E., which means that school fees for children up to three years are tax-deductible.
Route de Renipont 4, 1380 Lasne | +32 (0)2 633 6652 | www.montessorikids.com
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