Get to know Luxembourg's English school options, both public and private, as we take you inside each school and meet staff and students.
Lënster Lycée International School (LLIS) in Junglinster first opened in 2014 with the plan to teach classical and general education classes, but quickly established its international department in 2020, following the European School structure, syllabus and curriculum.
"We started in 2018 with 56 students in secondary," says Arben Lufi, teacher and attaché to the direction in secondary. "Now we are at around 650 students." The school, whose kindergarten, primary and secondary buildings span a huge area, is located in the countryside between Junglinster and Gonderange.
The international section offers English, German and French language sections. Students learn a second language in primary, which is applied in different subjects once secondary begins. Luxembourgish is also studied every week.
"What we are most proud of is this fantastic group of teachers, many with European school experience, who together with their Luxembourgish colleagues offer this European school education that leads to the European Baccalaureate." Lufi himself worked at the European School Kirchberg I for many years prior to starting at LLIS.
The school stands out with its great facilities, such as science labs (students were dissecting rats when the video team entered!), sports halls (including its own swimming pool), a large library and an arts and crafts room.
"Since I arrived here it has really embraced me, it's a really multicultural environment," says Pedro Solar (S5). His friend Nurali Rakhmetoiv is also particularly proud of the projects he's working on, like a World War II database that he is building for the History Museum in Diekirch, including data on fallen Luxembourgish soldiers.
All languages can be heard in the corridors. "The school makes a lot of effort. You always have someone to talk to. You're never alone, and that's what's important," says Dana Batista (S6).
Ben Wilhelm, the assistant deputy director of primary, sheds light on the special parts of the school: "The different sections are working closely together, different nationalities working on the same projects and growing up in a multicultural environment."
Education coordinator and primary school teacher Nikki Kelly works on quality assurance and implements new initiatives within the curriculum. "I think the concept of a national international school is really interesting and suits so many different families. We have families working here for many different reasons. They learn Luxembourgish, meaning they can integrate into the local community.
"We are able to offer 1-1 support for children with learning difficulties, and also group support in the classroom."
To learn more about education and daily life at Lënster Lycée International School, visit their website.