Educational Philosophy

Our educational philosophy is simple; we want each and every student to explore, grow and learn in an exciting, engaging and dynamic way. Our young people are growing up in a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty.

It is our task as educators to equip these young people with the skills, knowledge and an approach to life which will enable them to embrace their future with enthusiasm and success.

We are ambitious for our students academically. We simultaneously recognise the need for a broad and balanced curriculum. It is essential that they develop a diverse and adaptable skill set. We also want our students to develop the key skills that will help them develop into lifelong learners – to be inquisitive, mentally and emotionally agile, to challenge and be challenged, as well as to be open and creative.

Our educational philosophy is rooted in the history of our school and seamlessly dovetails with the aims and philosophy of the International Baccalaureate.

As one of the most established IB schools in Europe and now the first all-through IB school in Brussels, we are confident that we have found our perfect formula.

At St. John’s International School, we define international education as a commitment to helping our students become what the International Baccalaureate terms “internationally minded people,” who, “recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.”

Furthermore, for our students to become truly internationally minded global citizens, we acknowledge the need for our community to be guided by the following principles. 

St. John’s respects the cultural identity of every member of our community, through the provision of culturally appropriate and responsive education.

St. John’s provides an education that enables students to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for them to activel participate in the global community.

St. John’s promotes the values of companionship, integrity and respect, which nurtures in our students the capacity to advocate for and contribute to intercultural understanding and solidarity between religious groups and nations.

Learning Environment

Learning Environment

 Providing education in a caring atmosphere, St. John’s:

● Fosters a sense of personal worth in each student
● Creates a caring community which is supportive of the best family values
● Provides a safe and secure environment for the physical and moral well-being of all its students
● Heightens the ecological awareness of students and their sense of responsibility towards world conservation

Optimal Growth

Optimal Growth

At St. John’s each individual is afforded the opportunity for optimal growth. As a school we see this growth as an on-going process that:

● Enables students to express themselves clearly
● Encourages curiosity and independence of thought
● Provides a programme tailored to individual needs, abilities and potential
● Challenges students to realise their potential
● Promotes physical development through an extensive athletics programme
● Encourages creative and cultural opportunities in an enriched fine arts programme



We believe that we must prepare individuals to cope with the complexities of a contemporary and rapidly changing society, thus St. John’s:

● Promotes a healthy lifestyle through an interest in lifetime sports and athletics, fostering team spirit and sportsmanship to help students to cope with the stresses of contemporary life
● Develops an open-mindedness towards new technology
● Encourages the purposeful use of materials and techniques to encourage lifelong learning