International School of Leuven

Growing International Minds with Community Hearts

Welcome to International School of Leuven!

We realise that choosing a school for your child is a difficult decision. We realise that no website can truly reflect the feeling of a school learning community. However, we hope that we can give you information that will help you and your family with this important decision, and give you an insight into our vibrant school. Here at ISL, we strive to be more than a school. We offer each student an education that helps to develop them academically, personally, creatively and independently. We guide our students towards fulfilling responsible, happy and productive lives in society. Individualised learning programs reflect the diverse learning experiences of our international students, whilst our Dutch language classes provide opportunities for integration into, not only the language, but also the culture of Belgium. The best way to get a true feeling about our wonderful school is to visit us in person, so please contact us to arrange a visit. We look forward to welcoming you to our learning community!
Carol Bancroft, Head of School

ISL news & events

A little about ISL

Facing the world of tomorrow, we want to value the languages and culture of Belgium as a learning resource.

We offer a safe, child-centered learning environment which allows your child to become an independent, creative and reflective problem-solver.   Students develop the skills they need for life and are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning.

As ISL staff, we consider it our mission to create a joyful, safe and inspirational learning environment that will enable young learners to reach their full educational and personal potential. This will help them to become self-confident and respectful world citizens.

Our Combined Curriculum

The UK Curriculum

The UK curriculum offers a clear continuum of learning goals from preschool to 18. This allows us to adapt our curriculum to reflect the student’s previous learning experiences. This curriculum also offers worldwide transferability within international schools.

The International Primary Curriculum

The International Primary Curriculum offers student led, enquiry based learning within a relevant, practical and engaging context. It combines goals for personal growth alongside International mindedness reflecting our school values and mission.

Academic Challenge
Relevant Context
Enquiry Based
International Recognition

“When the roots are deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.”

Global Vision

Community Spirit

Personal Growth​

Early Years

(from 2.5 to 6 years)

The first experiences of school can be daunting, exciting and represent a momentous entry into a wonderful world of learning. Our Early Years classes focus on the holistic development of all children as they begin their journey towards independence. We foster a sense of family where each child can flourish emotionally, socially and academically.

“Play is the work of children” through which they develop communication, problem solving skills, cognitive growth, imagination, leadership skills, perseverance and social collaboration. At ISL we provide rich and relevant learning experiences where children engage in hands on exploration. Guided carefully by teachers, children are encouraged to take risks, learn from mistakes and grow in confidence as they gain self awareness and understanding of the world.

Throughout the Early Years classes, children develop competencies in basic literacies that will be key to all future learning. Teachers work with the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework to provide a seamless transition to the Primary classes.

Primary School

(from 6 to 12 years)

At ISL we encourage our children to become thinkers and problem solvers. Through challenging tasks that require more than just knowledge based learning we build on curiosity and foster enquiry.

Throughout the Primary years, children consolidate their existing skills working towards clear, individualised learning goals. The UK Curriculum for English and Mathematics provides a progressive and detailed framework, while children simultaneously develop skills of collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking through integrated projects within the International Primary Curriculum.

Children are invited to share their learning in a variety of ways, developing research and presentation skills, invaluable for lifelong study. We encourage children to take ownership of their learning and to reflect on and celebrate their progress.

Personal growth is a key feature of lSL life and has a specific place in the International Primary Curriculum. There are 8 IPC Personal Goals – enquiry, resilience, morality, communication, thoughtfulness, cooperation, respect and adaptability. Opportunities to experience and practice these are built into the learning tasks within each unit of work.

Specialist Teachers

At ISL our mission is to develop skilled, independent students with global vision, understanding and empathy . Our language programme supports these aims by giving children the communication skills to bridge cultures and barriers.


At ISL, all children from Preschool and Primary have Dutch lessons included in the curriculum.


We offer French to students in Grades 5 and 6. Our French programme provides an initial introduction to the language

Additional English Support

For children with little or no English we offer specialist classes to support integration and access to the main curriculum.

Physical Education (PE)

Physical education is an essential part of a child’s education and overall development. It supports a child’s health and growth.


Music plays a crucial role in developing children’s creative expression and communication.

Special Educational Needs

We are a fully inclusive school here at ISL and welcome children from all learning backgrounds.

Parents Testimonials

Contact us

Our address & contact details

Postal Address

International School of Leuven
Geldenaaksebaan 335
B-3001 Heverlee

Phone & Email

Phone: 0032 16 375 790

Business Hours

Monday – Friday
08.00 – 18.00
Weekend Closed


Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 08:45 – 15:30
Wed, 08:45 – 12:30
Afterschool: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri until 18.00

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Welcome Back to ISL!

We are delighted to welcome all our families back to ISL for the start of the new school year!