Academic Guidance

The Academic Guidance team is here to assist all students with their academic choices as they enter, progress through and then eventually leave the High School. We recognise that every young person is a unique individual and that each one has decisions of their own to make; we provide the tools and the advice to help them find their personal path.

Starting in Grade 8 with the transition into High School, this ongoing process continues in close discussion with counsellors, teachers and advisors. The outcomes of these conversations inform the course-selection process for the final two years. Every student has a personal interview with a member of the Guidance Team during this process to allow for discussion and revision. While the majority of students will pursue the IB Diploma and/or AP courses, every student is individually guided into the most suitably challenging programme.

In coordination with the Advisory programme, students participate in a comprehensive programme of activities designed to help them explore the connection between their own interests and aptitudes, and various career options. This process forms the basis for discussions with counsellors about students’ academic pathways including High School Course Selection and university choices.

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The university admissions process in the US is varied and multi-faceted, and we work closely with students and their families to navigate this process. From finding the right “fit” with colleges, through completing the application’s components, to making the final decisions, we provide individual guidance and support based on each student’s interests and needs. Throughout the year, we host admissions representatives from a wide range of colleges and universities and encourage students to take advantage of these opportunities to gain personal knowledge of programmes and campuses. In collaboration with the Fulbright Association and other local international schools, we attend the annual College Fair - Brussels College Night which brings over 100 US universities to the local campuses. Through the application process, we provide continuous feedback on college essays as well as the application itself, counsel students in advance of alumni interviews, oversee the recommendations being written in support of the student, and ensure that all materials are sent in a timely manner to the students’ universities.

Over the last few years we have had students accepted at a wide range of excellent institutions, including: Columbia, Princeton, Cornell, MIT, Duke, Emory, Wake Forest, Boston College, University of Michigan, just to name a few.

Many of each cohort of our seniors move on to continue their education at a university in the United Kingdom. They are supported in the process of course and university choice by interviews with our counsellors and are encouraged to visit universities and attend Open Days. The school arranges visits from admissions officers and also hosts a British University Fair each year. Students are supported in making UCAS applications, receiving detailed guidance and constructive criticism of Personal Statements as well as individual interview and admissions tests preparation, where appropriate.

This year we are proud to have helped students win places at such highly regarded institutions as the University of Cambridge and University College London as well as at St. Andrew’s, Warwick, Exeter, Bath and many other excellent universities.

Some of our students move on to universities in other parts of the world, including Hong Kong, Canada, South Africa, China or Australia and we work hard to support them to ensure that these decisions are taken very carefully. To this end, we get in touch with universities and colleges and sometimes have lengthy discussions with them about the most suitable pathway. We currently have students, for example, attending or holding places at the University of British Columbia, University of Toronto and McGill University in Canada, as well as Macquarie University in Australia and Wellington University in New Zealand.


Our graduates get accepted to excellent universities around the world. Here are just some of the institutions our recent graduates attend: