Schools

Luxembourg has a variety of educational choices. Depending on what you are looking for in your child’s education, you can chose from local public to private English-speaking schools. School is mandatory for children 4 years of age on September 1. Before that, children must be 3 years old on September 1 to be eligible for creche, similar to a daycare system in the U.S. Maternelle is the preschool option. Local schools are normally taught in Luxembourgish, German, and French with English as a foreign language started in about 6th grade, depending on the school.

 


Crèche

Crèches vary from program to program. They are daycares and some have more preschool-type programs. Children as young as 6 weeks can enroll, and some will continue until age four. Luxembourg has crèches in Luxembourgish, French, German, English and other languages.

 


Maternelle

The first level of school for children ages 3-6. In the local schools, Luxembourgish is the language of maternelle.

 


Ecole Primaires (Primary School)

Ages 6-11, grades 1-6 in the U.S.

 

Local Schools

Hours are as follows: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8am-4pm with a 2 hour lunch break; Tuesday, Thursday 8am-12pm. These afternoons are usually reserved for children’s extracurricular activities. Typically, German is the first language the children will learn to read and write in their first year; French and Luxembourgish grammar in their second year. By age 8, they will be learning 3 languages.

 

Private Schools

Private schools are a whole other matter. Depending on the school, hours tend to be about the same with maybe one afternoon free for activities. Languages vary as well, for example, the French primary schools have French as their first language, German as their second, and English as their third. Entrance exams might be required and some schools have waiting lists.

Depending on which system you choose for your child, the grades might change. The French school has grades 1-5 and 6th grade is secondary school.

 


Ecole Secondaires (Secondary School)

Ages 12-18, grades 7-12 in the U.S.

 

Local Schools

Days are from Monday-Friday, hours are different from one school to the next. The parents and children along with their teachers will decide what kind of school the child should go to. Depending on grades and preference they either go to lycee classique or lycee technique. Lycee classique is a general education program. Lycee technique is a technical education, where a child will choose a focus on a specific field. For more information on the differences, go to http://luxembourg.angloinfo.com/information/family/schooling-education/secondary-education/

 

Private Schools

Days are Monday-Friday, sometimes Saturday, hours vary depending on the program. All schools are different. Some schools are both classique and technique, others have a classic general education program. Still others offer International Baccalaureate. Please look at the school websites for more information on the programs that you are interested in for your child.

For more information on the educational options here in Luxembourg, please go to the Ministere de L’Education nationale et de la formation professionelle of the Grand-Duche de Luxembourg website: http://www.men.public.lu/index.html. The website is in French. If you decide to send your children to the local schools, here is a link to take a look at: http://www.men.public.lu/sys_edu/scol_enfants_etrangers/ou_sinformer/index.html.

 


International Schools

The following schools accept children of all nationalities.

 

Over the Rainbow Ecole Maternelle

Multilingual school with English and French section in preschool, primary and secondary school. The school offers the European Baccalaureate Diploma.
http://www.overtherainbow.lu/?language=en

 

International School of Luxembourg (ISL)

ISL is a private English-speaking school for preschool through high school in the Merl section of Luxembourg City. The school offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, the individual IB certificate, the International General Certificates of Secondary Education (IGCSE), and the ISL High School Diploma.
http://www.islux.lu/

 

St. George’s International School

St. George’s is a private English-speaking school for children between the ages of 3-18 and follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales. It is in the Hamm section of Luxembourg City.
http://www.st-georges.lu/home

 

Luxembourg European School

Multilingual preschool, primary and secondary school in the Kirchberg section of Luxembourg City. Various programs with priority admittance to children with a parent working for an EU institution.
http://www.euroschool.lu/luxschool/home.php

 

Luxembourg II European School

Multilingual preschool, primary and secondary school located in Mamer. Various programs with priority admittance to children with a parent working for an EU institution.
http://www.eursc-mamer.lu/

 

Ecole Francaise du Luxembourg

French-speaking preschool (maternelle) and primary school (primaire). German is the second language taught and English is the third starting in 4th grade.
http://www.empf.lu/

 

Ecole Privee Notre-Dame Sainte Sophie

French-speaking preschool (maternelle) and primary school (primaire). German is the second language taught and English is the third starting in 4th grade. This school offers a Luxembourgish program from grades 1-6.
http://epnd.web.myschool.lu/

 

Lycee Vauban

French-speaking secondary school offering classic and technical programs. French Baccalaureate.
http://www.vauban.lu/index2.php