BOS SCHOOL follows the main approach of a DEMOCRATIC SCHOOL: It is an educational ideal in which democracy is both a goal and a method of instruction. It is based on two tenets: educational freedom and democratic governance. These are components of quality, real-life, experiential, hands-on education where students are free to choose how to spend their time and decisions affecting the school community are made by those affected by the decisions.
At BOS, the connection with nature is embedded in the context of democratic education, which means that children do not have to be outside, but the educators encourage the exploration of the natural environment. During the 2020-2021 school year, the children have chosen to spend one full day per week in the Forêt de Soignes, a 10-minute walk from the BOS Democratic School.
1) Trust and respect CHILDREN and their natural drive to learn
2) Connection with NATURE
3) Open, inclusive COMMUNITY
Our mission is to create an environment in which children can
– be themselves
– be free to learn autonomously
– cooperate in a multi-age community
– be in contact with nature and the real world
Being located in Brussels, we would like to be a multilingual school with French and Dutch as our main languages. We believe in a community of solidarity, open to the world open to the world, which does not stop at geographical borders. Multilingualism helps us to be more to be more connected to different cultures and takes us away from preconceptions. Languages are an important instrument of exchange exchange and a wealth that opens us up to new cultures with other perspectives.
The benefits of multilingual development are well documented and extend beyond language. The long-term cognitive, relational, personal, academic and professional benefits of multilingual learning are remarkable, personal, academic, and professional benefits of multilingual learning are remarkable. We believe that the school is a place where We believe that school is a place where this richness can flourish, especially in multicultural metropolises.
However, after a first year of experimentation within the school, we realize how much we need to how much we need to have a common language to be able to communicate properly with the children and their parents about our pedagogy. For practical reasons, this language is currently French because the majority of the children and the accompanying adults registered this year are French-speaking.
However, the presence of different languages spoken by the children and their educators allows us to to facilitate the children’s exposure to several languages. For the year 2021-2022, we can guarantee the presence of a Dutch immersion at least one day per week.