Our visit to the Academy of Collaborative Education (ACE of Brussels)
A delegation from our organisation recently visited ACE of Brussels which takes children from 3 to 16 years and is now accepting pupils for the 2019/20 school year.
We welcome this school as it is unique both for its educational philosophy and its very competitive tuition fees, providing a project based learning environment to suit pupils of all abilities and including a reduced fee option for families.
While the school does not cater specifically for Special Needs, it welcomes children with ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, etc. The learning environment is structured so that exceptionally bright and gifted students can flourish. In fact, project based learning (academic and personal excellence through learning, discovery, questioning and creativity) makes pupils more motivated as they are given more choice and control over their own learning outcomes. The school offers a choice of inspiring curricula for all strengths, interests and goals.
Their highly qualified and experienced Learning Support coordinator has a Learning Support room in a quiet area upstairs. Speech, Language and Occupational therapists complete the staff roll. English as a Second Language is provided as needed for children whose mother tongue is not English.
The tuition fees can be found on the school website, www.aceofbrussels.com. There is a multi-tiered fee structure which is designed to appeal to many different budgets, and the full corporate paid fees are some of the lowest around.
The school building is also unique, set in lush gardens to the front with a large green area to the rear and located in the green belt on the borders of Auderghem and Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, it stands, majestically, in its very well maintained grounds. The interior more than lives up to the promise of the exterior; this is an old house with marbled floors and period features, high ceilings and welcoming décor, with the added modern comfort of a lift. The pupils feel at home and special in these surroundings. The classrooms are roomy with plenty of natural light, pleasing wood features and great views of the gardens. Right at the top of the house is the Art Room, a sunny space with both windows and skylights to bring in even more natural light - great for budding artists.
All in all, our expectations were surpassed and we left ACE in the knowledge that it is a school that brings out the very best in all its students.
Comments from parents.
An exciting school! Great teachers and amazing facilities. My daughter is very happy there.
Unbelievably beautiful facilities and a great vision. My daughter walked in and said "THIS is my school, Mama!"
All my boys are very happy at their new school.
I was not expecting such a smooth start.
Thank you very much for providing this warm school environment for the kids.
Comments from pupils.
Our Amazing ACE
Our school is amazing because we have amazing teachers who don’t shout. The children are really nice and friendly and we all have wonderful friends. The building is amazing and it has space for everyone. Somehow the teachers can make us love every subject just by teaching it in a different and more fun way. Every student has the right to say what they likes or dislikes to make their learning even more fun. The playground is really big so we all get the chance to play nicely together. We develop our ideas and thinking in a very fun but still focused way. Project based learning is our WORLD!!
We have great grounds.
We have great and positively awesome teachers.
Democracy and fairness are always included in our school.
It's so easy to make friends and have fun.
The teachers make everyone feel at home.
The teachers make the studies so enjoyable.
You never feel excluded.
If you are upset, a teacher will always find the time to listen to your problems.
There is not one day without someone laughing.
We get the work done in a focused but still enjoyable way.
1. The Grounds
The two outside areas are big enough for all the children to use to play tag, football and basketball and much more, but no shouting and violent games.
The lunch here is made by your mum or dad and by Miss Jackie from Foodcademy. You can have anything edible like pizza and pasta.
The teachers here are ACE. They will give you homework which will be easy (sometimes it can be horrendous).
You can use any device like, an iPad, computer and tablet. All of these will be used to work on .
The lessons taught here are done by Mrs Daire and her staff. The lessons here are taught with iPads and computers. Everyone does their own lessons.
The teachers at ACE are amazing in every single way (if they have drunk their coffee)!
It's very easy to make friends and if you don't on the first day you will the next.
Democracy is important in this school, from arguments to assemblies.
All of our teachers are amazingly ACE, especially Mrs Daire, who is the most fantastically positive, fabulous teacher at ACE and may be even the world's best teacher and headmistress.
I can't leave the school grounds out of this list. They are beautiful.
Our school used to be a house but Mrs Daire turned it into a school which, even by her standards, was a fantastically ACE idea.
What makes ACE so special is that the teachers encourage us to make progress and have amazing skills. We work on important stuff like how to listen to each other.
I love school because my best friend is Marietta. What's fun about my school is that I always look forward to going to school. I love school. I love ACE!