The secondary school system
Secondary education after fundamental cycle in Luxembourg distinguishes itself by 2 types of education, grammar schools and vocational schools, aside from the vocational training itself.
The orientation towards one or the other type of education is decided during the last year (cycle 4.2) of the fundamental primary school between the parents and the teacher responsible for the child. The orientation council composed of professors and of a psychologist with a consultative opinion is not topical anymore since the school year 2016/2017.
Luxembourg secondary education in grammar school (Lycée classique)
Secondary education in grammar school lasts 7 years (from the”7e ES” to the “1ère”). It is attested by a diploma and allows to access higher education in university, in Luxembourg or abroad.
Besides the common classic education taught in German or in French according to the subjects, grammar schools offer specificities during the first years (classes from the “7e” to the “4e”): “allemand langue étrangère” (German as a foreign language) for the French-speaking students, “Français plus” for the non-French-speaking pupils.
The cycles of specialisation offered throughout the following years (3rd year of high school, 2nd, 1st) according to the high schools, are the living languages, mathematics and computing, natural science and mathematics, economic sciences and mathematics, fine arts, music, human and social sciences.
There is also the option of preparing English international baccalaureate diplomas (Lycée Athénée de Luxembourg) or French (Lycée technique du Centre) or A-Levels English exams (Lycée Michel Lucius).
Luxembourg secondary education in vocational schools (Lycée technique)
According to the chosen orientation, secondary studies in vocational schools last 6 to 8 years (from the “7e ST” to the “12e” or “13e”). They allow the students to acquire skills they had not acquired in the end of fundamental school, so that they can get a final diploma and start technical higher education via preparatory courses.
Selection of high schools
The possibilities concerning high schools are very vast because there are in Luxembourg more than around thirty high schools, both private and public. Choices are made aside from any geographical criterium linked to the place of residence.
Watch out, the registrations in Luxembourg high schools are made subject to availability.
Also think of verifying the timetable of open days on the Ministry of Education website and of participating in it from Cycle 4.1.
Are you having trouble getting your bearings in Luxembourg secondary school system? You can ask the CASNA (integration unit for the new students) for help. The CASNA helps the foreign students eligible for the secondary education and the newcomers in Luxembourg to find your way into Luxembourg secondary school system. The office is situated within the House of Orientation in Luxembourg.