Our Learning Story

We believe that everybody can learn.

We are committed to developing Independent Learners and International Citizens in an environment where all students are included, challenged and successful.

Click on the links below to see this learning in action.


Our Learning Programme

The ISB learning experience recognises three types of learning: 

Conceptual Learning
This is happening when students are connecting new, potentially disruptive, knowledge to prior understanding and to important concepts; constructing and re-constructing theories of how things work and why things are the way they are; testing their evolving theories in different contexts to refine them so they have increased explanatory power and to see when, where and how they apply.

Competency Learning
This is happening when students are deconstructing expert performance and comparing it with their own; identifying the adjustments they need to make; and practicing a skill in order to refine it and make it increasingly automatic.

Character Learning
This is happening when students are considering what particular dispositions and values would ‘look like’ when applied in specific authentic contexts; acting as a result of these considerations; and reflecting on the effects of these actions.

Learners at ISB are empowered to embrace all aspects of learning defined above.

They are engaged in learning that is anchored in five interrelated research-based principles:

1. Learning is maximized when individuals own the process through personal relevance, choice, autonomy, and creation.
2. Learning involves ongoing construction of meaning through a constant cycle of inquiry, critical thinking, feedback, and reflection.
3. Learning is enhanced through connections, communication, and collaboration across diverse perspectives.
4. Learning in a rapidly changing landscape requires high levels of information fluency, media literacy, and technology integration.
5. Learning can best be transferred when it is embedded in authentic contexts and is used to address real-world issues in creative ways.


Student Support Services

We believe in our Mission of inclusion.

We accept children with a broad range of learning and developmental disabilities.

We understand the complexity of providing support for students within this range and have a long term plan in place for offering what they will need.


Language Learning

We believe that language learning is a key competency if our students are to be successful in a working world without borders, demonstrate empathy for others, and openness to multiple points of view.

We provide multiple opportunities for students to develop their proficiency in English (ELD), participate in a Home Language Programme, and learn a foreign language.


Service Learning

We believe in teaching our students how to contribute to society.

Service Learning at ISB is defined as a research-based learning method through which skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom are applied through planned action that addresses an authentic community need.



Learning Beyond the Classroom

We believe that learning can happen anytime, anywhere.

With the most extensive arts and athletics programme in Europe, a co-curricular programme that builds upon the themes of the Common Ground Curriculum, and new Summer activity and language camps, students enjoy access to all year round learning.

All students between Grades 3-9 enjoy residential field study trips in Belgium, Germany, France and Italy. These trips are a core part of the learning experience at ISB.

With a 40-acre Campus, set within the Forêt de Soignes, we are also uniquely positioned to offer outstanding outdoor learning opportunities in a safe, secure and spectacular environment.

Arts Athletics Co-Curricular



Preparing for Learning Beyond ISB

We believe that learning continues beyond ISB.

Our goal is that our graduating students move on to higher educational institutions that match their individual talents and personal interests.

The College and Careers department at ISB is dedicated to supporting students and parents through the process of higher education admissions by giving relevant, practical and timely information and advice.