Brussels International Catholic School

Brussels International Catholic School

The Brussels International Catholic School (BICS) is an independent bilingual (English/French) Roman Catholic school situated in Etterbeek near the European institutions. It incorporates pre-primary, primary and secondary departments and combines academic excellence with a caring family atmosphere based on Christian values. The school currently numbers 450 children from more than 40 nationalities.

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Brussels International Catholic School

Chaussée de Wavre, 457
1040 Brussels

Private Registration (Charged to parents directly)
Kindergarten: €7,950
Primary: €7,950
Secondary IGCSE: €8,950
Secondary A Levels: €9,950
Professional Registration (Charged directly to the company)
Kindergarten: €13,750
Primary: €13,750
Secondary IGCSE: €14,750
Secondary A Levels: €15,750

BICS follows the curriculum of the University of Cambridge and is a registered and fully approved test centre, offering International GCSEs in the secondary school, and the Cambridge Primary Programme in the primary school. The school is an accredited member of the European Council of International Schools. Children without French or English are given individual support in these languages, with remedial help where necessary.

Creative arts, drama, music, science, sport and after-school activities make for a broad and balanced curriculum. Activities include Rugby, Musical Comedy, Tennis, Orchestra, Cinema Club, Golf, Spanish, Opera, Guitar, German, Painting, Science, Swimming, Kung-fu, Dutch, Italian, Opera in the cinema, Spanish dance, Reading club, Music & Movement (pre-primary); Creative stories (pre-primary), International club (pre-primary), Mini-tennis (pre-primary)

Pre-primary : Chaussée de Wavre, 457 – Telephone +32 2 640 35 36
Pre-primary and primary: Rue Général Leman, 86 – Telephone +32 2 230 02 18
Secondary: Rue Froissart 57-29 (new building from september 2015) – Telephone +32 2 230 02 18
1040 Brussels, Belgium



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Posted on 15 septembre 2014 9 h 59 min

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Posted on 23 avril 2015 7 h 47 min

The students are very motivated. [deleted]. The chapter on AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, birth control is torn out of the text book as directed by the head master. The reason being that the school is a 'Catholic' school! The parents of some students 'influence' the management from time to time [deleted]. It is not a place for the out of the box thinkers who pursue creativity, scientific enquiry, logic or reasoning. [deleted].

Posted on 15 octobre 2015 5 h 26 min
Albus Dumbledore

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Posted on 23 mai 2016 19 h 36 min
Mary Anderson

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Posted on 30 mai 2016 11 h 56 min
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Paul Green

The School is absolutely wonderful. It will help your child develop in a safe and pure environment. Most importantly, it will develop their spiritual life and bring them closer to Christ.

Posted on 6 mars 2017 0 h 58 min

Perhaps this review too will be removed upon request of the school. Let see.
My son followed three years there and then we moved.
Pros: strong discipline, push to accademic achievement for parents and children, EU good networking for parents, strong focus on religious Catholic education, in town center in Etterbeek near Place Jourdan.
Cons: little attention to individual child development, very strong push to discipline and achievement, little internal coordination amongst teachers, fees that result to be higher than other schools when considering all compulsory extras, old fashion Catholic, even too much for our very Catholic family (mess in Latin for all kids once a week).

Posted on 30 mars 2017 21 h 38 min
Happy Parent

I came across this website by chance and although I never comment publicly on the internet I simply had to make an exception. Having had a child at BICS for 7 years, I know this school very well, and am absolutely shocked at the low rating it has been given. One aspect we should not underestimate is the fact that most of us whose assessment would be extremely positive simply don't trust such ratings and wouldn't be bothered to comment here. There is no way of knowing why people say what they do, or what lies behind a reportedly negative experience at any school. For what it is worth, here is my input, which I know is shared by the vast majority of families who have passed through the school.
I can safely say that children are really and truly treated like members of a loving family. Most schools are quick to put that in their mission statements, but never live up to that promise. Teachers are extremely competent and academic standards are high. It is not a factory churning out children to suit a particular marketing profile, and it is much in demand simply because there are enough families who appreciate the unique (and I use that word deliberately) and refined education this school offers. If BICS is considered old-fashioned, it may have to do with the fact that the children are exposed to a genteel and cultivated manner of conduct that is rare in today's world. They are taught to appreciate beauty, not only through music, art and spirituality, but in their surroundings and in their interaction with other pupils.
I have no idea what Tilly means by 'compulsory extras'.....My family operates on one modest income and we pay the fees ourselves. My child has rarely been asked to pay for anything that goes beyond a few Euros, and extras arise only very few times a year. It was a great relief having had dealings with another international school in Brussels. I don't know if we have ever been asked to pay more than 10 or 15 Euros for an extended trip or excursion. In fact, as an example, in its typically generous style the school does not charge admission for any of its over 600 pupils to attend its outstanding Gilbert and Sullivan performances at the end of the school year, despite the fact that the school has to cover all the expenses for a professional venue. We have been impressed by the level of refinement and excellence we get from a rather modest school. It is not showy or self-aggrandizing. They just quietly go about doing what they do, and do it well.
(Please note that the system for parental input does not follow the typical structure, but it works perfectly well. The school is run democratically. All parents are welcome to initiate activities, propose and implement ideas that are deemed interesting for the community)

Posted on 18 mai 2017 15 h 02 min

My daughter has also been in the school for seven years and obviously this is because I think it is the best school in Brussels. The international atmosphere is excellent, it offers a bilingual education English-French and now its students will be representing Belgium in the European Youth Parliament 2017 session. I think not many can beat this record

Posted on 20 mai 2017 9 h 27 min
Véronique Pinaud

My experience is that tuition covers most costs (except for uniform, books and small outings); extra-curricular activities are voluntary

Posted on 21 mai 2017 8 h 00 min

Will you also remove this comment by the "request of the school"? you cant remove the ratings though. So let's start from the basics of a normal school:

-teaching quality:
Far below public standards for a school in Brussels. Taking sciences at bics is like taking no sciences at all or on your own. Most science teachers will leave before you finish a year. This is an undeniable fact. Timetable hours for actually being taught by a teacher in this school are far below Cambridge standards. Do the math and you'll notice. The success rates here for finishing as successful secondary student to university are literally 1% or even below because I'm avoiding decimals. If this is disputed, then as a future parent, please ask the following question to the deputy head or teachers: "How many students passed their final A level exams this year?"

Religion replaces sports, yes you heard me right. Religion replaces sports. This happens maybe for classes in years below right? Like year 9, 8.....Since they have less to study right? . Wrong. This happens for years 12 and 13. Imagine. You have actual finals and still have to do two hours of religion and no sports. Oh and also mass for 2 more hours.

the "study room" is cramped and noisy, you cannot concentrate and even you are not allowed to change to other quiet places. It's so bad that you are better off outside in a public library. This is not allowed however.

So far in what I have mentioned was no insults, no slanders or whatsoever. It's simply the truth.

Posted on 12 août 2017 13 h 31 min

not so good. would recommend somewhere else

Posted on 14 août 2017 15 h 17 min
Thinking OutLoud

Going through all the posts under some schools I'm interested to prospect for my child, couldn't stop noticing the fact that despite the website owner's statement of developing this site to help parents choose in an informed way, based on other parents' opinions and experiences, he (the owner) allows and even encourages censorship, by deleting negative comments at school's request. I've also noted that despite claiming otherwise, the site owner is biased and by allowing the schools dictate which comments must be deleted, the site owner is not protecting the "good name & reputation" of the respective schools, rather the opposite... Personality when I see "This comment has been removed at the school's request" I'm lead to think that the respective school has something to hide and that that respective school has serious & real issues that it is desperate to hide from the prospective students and their parents... When a school that claims to offer high academic standards and highly trained staff, needs to silence by deletion unfavorable comments from people who are entitled and have the legal right to express their opinions, then such a school ain't trustworthy, reliable and safe for our children. Democratic values are must in every school. Censorship ain't one of those values.

Posted on 24 août 2017 20 h 29 min
john doe

would not recommend

Posted on 7 février 2018 21 h 57 min

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