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The Parents’ Association (from the initials in French)


From the 4th year secondary onwards, the teacher for each subject bases this mark on a student’s attitude in class and on his/her homework. It should not simply reflect “A” test marks.

Activités périscolaires

Extra-curricular activities organised by the Parents’ Association, both cultural (activités périscolaires culturelles) and sporting (activités périscolaires sportives).

Assemblée générale

The Annual General Meeting of the Parents’ Association.


From the 4th year Secondary onwards, this reflects the results of “B” tests which are held twice a term in each subject (see B Test below). From 5th secondary, the B-mark for the main subjects is based on the results of an exam which is held at the end of each term.

B Test

From 4th year Secondary, two tests per term determine the B-mark. (But see B-mark, above.). Absence needs to be justified by a medical certificate.


 See European Baccalaureate.

Board of Governors

Term sometimes used for the elected committee that administers the Parents’ Association (usually just referred to as the “Board”, Conseil d’Administration de l’APEEE in French), but normally used to refer to the Board of Governors (Conseil Supérieur) of the European Schools, which has overall responsibility for all the schools in the system.

CEA – Central Enrolment Authority

Created by the Board of Governors in order to draw up and publish a clear enrolment policy each year.

Chargés de cours

Part-time teachers, recruited locally to teach certain subjects.

Classes de mer

Class trip to the seaside organised by the school for the 3rd year Primary classes, these classes are part of the curriculum.

Classes vertes

Five-day class trip to the countryside organised by the school for the 4th year Primary classes, these classes are part of the curriculum.

Classes de neige

See Skiing trip

Comité des Elèves

See Students’ Committee (CDE)

Conseil d’Administration

French term for board of governors or directors. Used for both the Parents Association’s Board and for the Administrative Boards of individual schools, including ours, but not used for the Board of Governors which has overall responsibility for all the European Schools, which is known in French as the Conseil Supérieur.

Conseil de discipline

See Disciplinary Council

Conseil Supérieur

Board of Governors of the European Schools

Conseillers d’Education

See Educational Advisers


Conseil Supérieur des Éleves. Represents students in all the European Schools. Two pupils from the Students’ Committee at our school are members of COSUP.

Counselling centre (Centre de Guidance)

Secondary pupils who want counselling on any problem can consult, in confidence, members of the teaching staff. A list of trained volunteers for the various language sections is available. Pupils may also contact any teacher of their choice.

Countryside trip

See Classes vertes

Cours complémentaires

See Complementary studies

Cours de rattrapage

Offered to pupils new to the school in Primary and Secondary to reinforce their knowledge of Second Language (1st foreign language). Classes take place on Wednesday afternoons.

Cours de soutien

Coaching is available in First Language, Second Language, and Maths for years 1-3, Secondary school. A pupil may only receive coaching in two of the subjects offered.


Alternative title for the school Head.

Disciplinary Council (Conseil de discipline)

This committee is composed of the Headmaster and one teacher per nationality. It meets if a student has committed some serious misdemeanour. The pupil, accompanied by his/her parents, can request the help of a member of the Board of the Parents’ Association or a teacher of his/her own choice. At the request of the parents or of the pupil a member of the Students’ Committee (Comité des Elèves) can attend the meetings as an observer.

Educational Advisers

There are 9 of these, each having responsibility for one year of the Secondary school. They supervise discipline and safety in the Secondary school and undertake administrative tasks, including checking on absences. They play an important role in relations with pupils, parents, teachers, and the school management. They are concerned with the integration of pupils, individual problems, group problems, counselling of pupils, etc. The Principal Education Supervisor attends the Enlarged Education Committee of the Secondary School.


Non-denominational alternative to religious education classes. See Religious education.


The lost property room for both Primary and Secondary, run by parent volunteers is generally open twice a week: check WoluwInfo for times as well as the APEEE website. At the end of the school year all unclaimed articles are given to charity.

European Baccalaureate (“The Bac“)

School leaving qualification for all the European Schools. The final exam comprises 5 written papers and 4 orals, which together account for 36% and 24% of the final Bac mark. Another 40% is based on class grades, 15% on continuous assessment during the year (A-mark) and 25% split between exams and tests (B-mark). The Baccalaureate certificate is recognised by all Member States and accepted as an entrance qualification for their universities and colleges of further education.

European Hours

One afternoon a week the pupils of the Primary School, from 3rd year upwards, are put into mixed groups for artistic or sports activities, so that they can have more contact with pupils from other language sections and get to know about traditions in other EU countries.

First Language

The language of the student’s language section.


 Annual school festival involving the whole school, usually in May, profits from which go to projects, mostly in Third World countries.

Fourth Language

Third foreign language which a student may choose as an option from 4th year Secondary onwards.

Guidance (Centre de…)

See Counselling Centre


Represents parents in all the European Schools

Langue véhiculaire

Second Language

Language I, II, etc

See First Language, Second Language, etc.

Learning support

Assistance provided by the school for pupils with difficulties, mainly in Primary, on the advice of the class teacher and with the consent of the parents.

Lost property

See Eureka


Term widely used for the kindergarten or pre-Primary classes.

Medical check-ups

Yearly check-ups are planned. All new pupils must have a TB skin test.

Meetings with individual teachers

A list giving the time and place for meeting individual teachers during the school week is distributed to pupils at the beginning of the school year. The school encourages these meetings as they help parents follow their children’s progress. In addition, in Secondary school, it is possible to meet a number of teachers separately on a particular evening early in the calendar year. Primary parents meet class teachers in November for individual discussions about the children’s progress. See the Reports below.


For Secondary. The availability of particular options may depend on the numbers applied.
– 3rd year: students must take 2 options, choosing from Latin, Art and Music.
– 4th and 5th years: options include Fourth Language, Economics, Art, Music, etc.
– 6th and 7th years: in a different choice, a student takes at least two options. These will be part of the five written exams at the baccalaureate.


For Secondary school children who play an orchestral instrument. For details of rehearsals, contact music teachers.


See Activités périscolaires

  • In Primary school the role of the psychologist is to work with the teachers in kindergarten and the 1st year of Primary, and the remedial teachers, in diagnosing problems on a regular basis.
  • Secondary pupils may consult the psychologist. A timetable is posted on the door.
Religious education/ethics (Morale)

A compulsory part of the school curriculum. Pupils who do not take religious education must take the non-denominational “ethics” class. The number of religions taught varies according to demand.


There are school reports every term. Parents must sign these; they give the marks for each subject and comments by the teachers. In Primary, there is a pilot project for the introduction of new report cards: a description of skills and knowledge acquired by the child and his/her evolution, as well as a parent-teacher interview, replace traditional marks. Marks in the Secondary school are from 1 to 10, 6 being the pass mark. There are also mid-term reports

Seaside trip

See Classes de mer.

Second Language: (Sometimes called “working language” or “langue véhiculaire”)

From 3rd year Secondary onwards students study some subjects (e.g. history, geography) in their second language, which they have been learning since 1st year Primary (or whenever they started attending the school). This is either English, French or German.

Skiing trip (Classes de neige)

two weeks in the Alps organised by the school for the 5th year Primary classes before the Carnival holiday, these classes are part of the curriculum.

Special Educational Needs

Parents of SEN children may submit a full dossier on their child, which is examined by a group of specialists. As a result, some SEN children may be admitted to the school, with specialised assistance for some classes.

Students’ Committee (Comité des Elèves)

Representative body elected by students in senior secondary classes.


Supervisor, for example in the school playground, or one of the part-time staff employed by the Parents’ Association to ensure order and safety on the school buses

Third Language

 Second foreign language which is taught from 2nd year Secondary onwards.

Visite médicale

See Medical check-ups.

📢 European Summit 2024

As announced in the national media, the European Summit will take place on the 17th April and 18th April 2024, which could cause major disruption to the capital’s road network.

The disruption is expected to start at 07:00 and could affect the APEEE school transport service. Due to this situation, we anticipate the risk of delays and/or cancellations to the usual routes. The transport service will keep the concerned parents informed in real time.

We understand that this may cause inconvenience and would like to thank you in advance for your understanding and patience in this exceptional circumstance. We will do our best to minimise disruption.

Best regards, 

APEEE Bxl II Transport


Friday 19/01/2024 afternoon for departures at 15:30 and 16:20  


Updated on 19/01/2024 – 11:50