The Lycée Molière was founded in 1956 by a young graduate, Mr. Paul Dechamps, under the name Ecole des Devoirs (Homework School). His primary goal was to help students complete their homework after school: he developed a method of accompanying schoolwork which later spread throughout the French Community under the generalized denomination of Ecole des devoirs (Homework School).
Seeing how successful Paul Dechamps was in providing after-school support to their children, parents asked whether he might also set up a day school in strict compliance with the French Community’s program: it would be the first non-subsidized school to deliver approved general secondary education diplomas. This goal was achieved in 1964, when the school’s first graduating students obtained a CESS diploma. To date, the Lycée Molière remains the only non-subsidized school in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation to issue approved CESS diplomas (Certificate of Higher Secondary Education).
The key to the Lycée Molière’s success is personalized support tailored to match the students’ specific needs and personality. Classes are taught from grades 1 to 6 in small numbers by impassioned teachers; these teachers also assist students in completing their work assignments after school at the Homework School. The Lycée Molière’s approach to education is both friendly and demanding, exacting high standards in a family atmosphere. This creates an environment where students can acquire the means to achieve success and optimal personal development. Beyond their academic success, we seek to imbue our students with a sense of culture and raise their interest in the world around them. This is achieved through a rich and varied extracurricular program: annual school trips, theater and museum outings, chaplaincy activities, exhibitions etc.
At the end of a 56-year devoted career, Paul Dechamps passed on the management of the Lycée Molière to Félix de Merode in 2012. Selecting a team of enthusiastic young teachers, he took up the challenge of breathing new life into the Lycée. A year later, the school was moved from its historic location on the Avenue Molière to an elegant house on the Avenue Franklin Roosevelt. Under the leadership of Félix de Merode, the new team strove to preserve the essential elements that endowed the Lycée with its unique standing while simultaneously bringing in a profound educational reform. The new educational project introduced an outward-looking international perspective with English language tuition and furthered its dedication to attentive and specialized student support, particularly for those with learning difficulties. The curriculum was restructured to help students develop autonomous learning (work method) and acquire the means to meet present and future challenges (coding workshops).