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Schooling in English in Luxembourg: private schools

This week we are taking a look at schooling in English in the private schools in Luxembourg.

St. Georges International School

St. Georges – the longest running English school in Luxembourg –celebrated its 25th anniversary in Luxembourg in 2016. With over 55 different nationalities represented at the school St. Georges places great importance on this cultural diversity, which is also, is reflected in its courses in particular the artistic programmes. Indeed music, art and theatre figure prominently in the school curriculum as well as promoting the events, which contributes to reinforcing the community spirit. Of the 55 clubs on offer at the school, 18 are dedicated to sport. The school is open to children aged 3 to 18+ (end of the secondary cycle). The curriculum follows the National curriculum of England and Wales.

At 16 the students sit their IGCSE and GCSE exams (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) At 18 students sit their A Levels (Advanced) to get into University. The school is affiliated with Cambridge University and the Edexcel institution, which is an exam board.

With pass rates close to 100% the students mainly head to Universities in the UK, Holland and Northern Europe (Denmark for example). The school fees vary for each year.

See the schools website for more details.

International School Luxembourg (ISL)

The school is recognised by the European Council of International Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.  The ISL is open to children aged 3 to 18 (end of the secondary cycle). They also offer preparatory classes for University, which leads to the International Baccalaureate (IB) or the IB certificate and ISL secondary diploma. French and German is taught from primary. Admissions need to be made a year in advance. Parents need to complete an online form based on which each family will be invited to an interview. Admissions are done on a case-by-case basis. 
The language skills required depend on the year, for example:
Grade 8 (age 13-14) need to have an advanced beginner level in English
Grade 9 (age 14-15) higher advanced level of English
Grade 10/11 (age 15-17) Academic level of English

There is an entrance exam for each grade. The student / teacher ratio is 8 : 1
Fees vary from Primary through to the Upper School.

See here for the ISL Fees (they include school books)

European School

The European school is open to children aged 4 to 18 (end of secondary cycle).
Priority is given to children whose parents are European civil servants. Children are mainly taught in their mother tongue, except in certain cases. The second language can be either English, French, or German. A third and sometimes fourth language are gradually introduced in secondary. Children who speak a language for which there is not a section can go into the English, French or German section.
In order to facilitate integration, language support classes are provided.
Given the high linguistic level of the children when they leave the school, which is widely recognised by many European Universities, it means students are not required to take language entrance tests such as IELTS.

Admission requests should be completed between April and May to start the following September. Parents will be informed mid July if they get a place. The Diploma, the European Baccalaureate is widely recognised in Europe.

School fees vary according to three categories, see here for more details
They do not include school books.

Over the Rainbow

Over the Rainbow is a private school offering a bilingual (French and English) education. The school accepts children from the age of 3 up until secondary. It adopts the Montessori approach and the IPC International Primary Curriculum. They may require a language test for entry. The school encourages parents to contact the school to arrange a visit and individual interview. School fees vary for the three categories (kindergarten, primary and secondary).

Click here for Over the Rainbow school fees

Click here for public school options for an education in English