Luxembourg's school system is pretty complex. Here's all you need to know on how it works and how to enroll your child in a public English stream.
It is therefore time to talk about state-funded public schools and how to enroll!
Public school options
It's important to note that some schools follow the Cambridge Primary Curriculum, while some follow the European curriculum. As such, if having your child(ren) attend either of these schools is an option for you geographically, you should first research which curriculum best aligns with your particular needs and preferences.
Several state schools also offer primary schooling in English.
International School Michel Lucius
Lycée Michel Lucius is a state-funded secondary school, located in the heart of Luxembourg’s capital and has been providing a high quality education to secondary-school aged students for over fifty years.
In response to Luxembourg’s fast evolving, highly cosmopolitan and international population, Lycée Michel Lucius created an English language international stream in 2011 which has since grown into a diverse and high quality International School that serves over 400 students, representing more than 70 nationalities.
An international English curriculum is taught throughout the International School, leading to (I)GCSE qualifications and culminating in GCE A-Levels.
In 2017, in response to the continuous growing international student population, the International School Michel Lucius opened its’ doors to a new primary school, first located in Belair then later moved to Limpertsberg, only a few moments away from its established secondary school.
International School of Differdange
The International School of Differdange is international public school in the south of the country, since international education is only been in the public high schools of the centre. The structural development of the economy in the south of the country and the establishment of the University of Luxembourg in Belval are creating an increased demand for children to attend international classes.
Beyond the efforts to integrate foreign students who will stay in the country, the offer of the new international school will be adapted to the needs of young people temporarily residing in the Grand Duchy and called to continue their course in another country.
The school is a fully Accredited European School covering the entire primary and secondary from P1 (rising 6) to S7 (rising 18), including the European Baccalaureate.
Junglinster International SchoolThe "Lënster Lycée" was founded by the law of 22 July 2008 and inaugurated on 17 November 2014. While the original plan was to teach classical and general education classes, it now also welcomes pupils from vocational training and European classes.
The school not only has secondary education, it also offers primary education starting as early as nursery school.
The school as furthermore recently obtained the official label of "European Parliament Ambassador School", we is now part of the EPAS programme.
International School in Mondorf
An international school located in Mondorf-les-Bains.
The Secondary Cycle consists of 7 years (S1-S7), the school year is divided into two semesters.
At present, the school offers three language sections: English, French and German.
Lycée Edward Steichen
The École internationale Edward Steichen is a state school with no fees. As an accredited European School, it is linked to the European Schools system by an accreditation agreement and offers education based on the curriculum and programmes of the European Schools. The school programme leads to the European Baccalaureate, recognised throughout Europe for access to university and other Higher Education studies or to vocational training.
Anne Beffort International School
This international school in Mersch is new and offers both primary and secondary classes in English.
Gaston Thorn School Luxembourg
The École internationale Gaston Thorn is a public European school located in the city center of Luxembourg. It offers a school system that reflects the diversity of the population living in the country’s capital city and meets the needs of students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Its teaching methods offer great flexibility in language learning and give a greater number of students a better chance of succeeding academically and, beyond that, of integrating socially.
The school offers both primary and secondary education.
Now that we've covered the options, how do you enroll?
Schooling is compulsory between the ages of 4 and 18, so all children between these ages must be enrolled at a school (though it does not have to be a state school, which is what I am going to focus on in this article - more on private school options will follow).
For pre- and primary school (ages 3 to 11) you should contact your local "commune" (municipality). They will have all the information you need to get signed up and get an overview of how primary education works (a bit more on this in the next section).
It's important to note that some schools follow the Cambridge Primary Curriculum, while others follow the European curriculum. As such, if having your child(ren) attend either of these schools is an option for you geographically, you should first research which curriculum best aligns with your particular needs and preferences.
For secondary school (ages 12 and up) you should contact CASNA (Cellule d’accueil scolaire pour élèves nouveaux arrivants). They are part of the ministry of education, and provide information about Luxembourg's school system and the options available for pupils who primarily speak a foreign language.
CASNA is located at Maison de l'orientation, 58 boulevard Grand-Duchesse Charlotte, L-1330, Luxembourg City. Do note that they are open by appointment only.
Phone numbers: +352 247-85277 or +352 247-75277