If you are looking for schools in Luxembourg, it is important to decide which model to choose. Read more about international schools in Luxembourg and the options available for families.
If you are moving to Luxembourg with children in tow, you will find many quality local Luxembourg schools. In fact, a number of private and international schools in Luxembourg cater to the needs of expat children and international families. Most international schools teach bilingual or multilingual education. And typically international schools offer international diplomas, so your child can continue their education back home or in another international school abroad.
Method schools in Luxembourg
There are many Montessori schools in addition to a Steiner-Waldorf school in Luxembourg. While these are independent method schools, they remain under the supervision of Luxembourg regions and eduational laws.
Waldorf School of Luxembourg
The Waldorf School of Luxembourg in Limpertsberg gives education classes starting at four years old and reaching to 18 years old. Similar to that of Luxembourg’s fundamental and secondary schools, the teacher’s language in preschool also starts students with Luxembourgish. At primary school, German is the instruction language, with English and French also introduced early with lessons. After primary school, eventually French becomes the main language in secondary school. Waldorf’s educational values center around an individualistic approach both non-competitive and humanitarian in a liberal form. In addition, its curriculum hones in on achieving high marks with the international baccalaureate (IB) program.
Learning combines methods of practical, artistic, as well as conceptual perspective and imagination. Classes and topics engage the interests of its students through art and music. The essential focus for the Waldorf instructor is the development of understanding and appreciation of each one’s self as world citizens. There are over 900 schools around the world with an extensive and wide-ranging curriculum divided into three age ranges but with a lot of curriculum freedom.
Montessori education emphasizes independence and freedom within limits, as well as attention to a child’s natural mental growth. The school is practiced in around 20,000 schools worldwide, although more commonly in Central Europe, and serving children from birth to 18 years old. The main drive is offering a stimulating environment which will help the child develop a foundation for creative learning. The Montessori classroom aims at encompassing a child’s independence and sense of personal enablement, moving freely, in addition to choosing ideas and topics that capture their interest.
Every student is accountable for their own self-created environment. They eat when they like, use the restroom when they like, learn, and educate themselves through their own experiences. The teachers, rather than teach are there to observe the child’s needs and interests. Through observation, teachers also continuously build an educational ladder that links to each child’s development and curiosities.
Should you choose an international school?
Both local and international school systems in Luxembourg offer excellent facilities and educational opportunities for students.
International schools offer a multicultural learning environment alongside students from all over the world. If your child has already started their education in your home country they may be able to continue with the same curriculum at an international school, or study an international curriculum – such as the International Baccalaureate – that will be recognized all over the world. This is generally a more important consideration for older children who have already started difficult classes, or for families that relocate often.
Considerations for choosing between a local or international school include length of stay in Luxembourg, priority of local integration, language preference, and scheduling. Luxembourg school options tend to be most appropriate for younger students, however, as they can maintain their English in the home environment. However, it is recommended that families choose one system for all children to maintain compatible daily and vacation schedules.
International education in Luxembourg: exams and diplomas offered
Most international schools in Luxembourg offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, French Baccalaureate, Montessori diploma, United Kingdom curriculum, or a European Union school model. There are also a few international schools that offer the national curricula of their home country.
The International Baccalaureate diploma (IB)
Some 3,000 International Baccalaureate schools in more than 143 countries offer the IB diploma – a handful of them in Luxembourg. There are four programs: Primary Year, Middle Years, Diploma, and Career-related.
The IB Diploma (which is aimed at students aged 16 to 19 years) requires pupils to study six subjects over two years. These subjects are studies in languages and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, as well as the arts. Students also have to take an additional course in philosophy, contributing to a creativity, activity, and service program and writing an extended 4,000-word essay. The IB program is also recognized as a university admission level qualification around the world. For more information, see also Expatica’s article Study abroad: the International Baccalaureate Diploma and the official website of the International Baccalaureate.
Applying to an international school in Luxembourg
Apply directly to the school as soon as possible as many schools have waiting lists. Admission procedures vary from school to school but it is advised to apply early to secure a place, otherwise your option may not be available at the time of your move. However, you might be able to gain admission part way through a year as the student population in international schools can be transient.
Homeschooling is legal, although not widely practiced in Luxembourg. Education is compulsory from ages 4 to 16 and is governed by the law on education, Loi du 6 février 2009 relative à l’obligation scolaire. Article 9 of the law provides the home education option, however. For more information, contact your local commune for further information and for details of your local educational inspector.
List of international schools in Luxembourg
Athénée de Luxembourg
European School Luxembourg
23, Boulevard Konrad Adenauer
Tel: (+352) 432082
Fax: (+352) 432082344
International School of Luxembourg
St George’s International School
11 Rue des Peupliers
Tel: (+352) 42 32 24
Fax: (+352) 42 32 34
St George’s is a caring international school that provides an outstanding education for girls and boys aged 3 to 18.
Kalinka Russian School
36, Boulevard Pierre Dupong
S14, S16, S18
Waldorf School Luxembourg
45, Rue de l’Avenir
Tel.: (+352) 46 69 32
Fax: (+352) 22 02 08