Over 41,000 students currently attend public and private schools teaching the national education curriculum in:
- 37 public high schools (lycées publics);
- 5 private high schools (lycées privés);
- the École nationale pour adultes;
- 2 national centres for professional training (CNFPC – Centres nationaux de formation professionnelle continue);
- the socio-educational centre (CSEE – Centre socio-éducatif de l’État);
- the speech therapy centre (Centre de logopédie).
The schooling offer is becoming more and more diversified in order to match the diversity of the students and their needs.
Public schooling offer
37 public high schools (lycées publics) and 5 private high schools (lycées privés) teach the official curriculum of the ministry with regard to the subjects, the assessment, the organisation and the schedule. Details about the training provided by each school can be found on the digital platform www.mengschoul.lu, in the document Offre scolaire, which is updated on a yearly basis and in the brochure Que faire après le 4e cycle de l’enseignement fondamental ?.
Each high school may, within the frame of its autonomy, propose a specific pedagogical approach, specific classes or measures tailored to the needs and the expectations of the students.
Classical secondary education
Classical secondary education (enseignement secondaire classique – ESC) is a seven-year course with the objective to convey general knowledge and skills in human sciences and literature, mathematics and natural sciences. It prepares students for higher education or university studies and leads to the General Certificate of Secondary Education.
It is structured into two parts:
- lower classes (7e, 6e, 5e classes);
- higher classes (4e-1re classes).
From the class of 6e on students can choose between English, Latin and Chinese (the latter being available only at the Athénée de Luxembourg). As of the class of 5e all students attend English lessons.
At the end of the class of 4e students choose one of the following 9 sections:
- section A: modern languages;
- section B: mathematics – information technology;
- section C: natural sciences – mathematics;
- section D: economic sciences – mathematics;
- section E: arts;
- section F: music;
- section G: humanities and social sciences;
- section I: informatics – communication;
- section N: entrepreneurship, finance and marketing;
- section P: cognitive sciences and humanities.
General secondary education
General secondary education (enseignement secondaire general – ESG) is a seven-year course leading up to the General Certificate of Secondary Education. This certificate grants the same rights as the classical secondary school leaving diploma which allows the students to either start their professional career or enrol in higher education or university studies.
General secondary education is structured in:
- lower classes (7e, 6e, 5e) of the orientation or pre-vocational education;
- higher classes (4e to 1re ).
The pre-vocational education (VP – voie de préparation) is structured along modular lines allowing each student to progress at his/her own pace.
Based on the promotion decision at the end of the class of 5e of the pre-vocational education (5P class), students may be able to access:
- basic or initial vocational training;
- a 5 AD class (classe d’adaptation);
- a CIP class (classe d’initiation professionnelle).
Based on the promotion decision at the end of the 5 G class or the 5 AD class, students can continue with the initial vocational training in one of the following streams:
- administration and commercial stream;
- health and social professions stream;
- general technical stream;
- arts stream;
- hotel management and tourism stream.
Each stream may include several subject areas.
In each stream students will take a school leaving exam at the end of the 1re to obtain the general secondary school leaving diploma.
Four high schools provide training in very specific areas:
- École d'hôtellerie et de tourisme du Luxembourg (hotel management and tourism);
- Lycée technique agricole (agriculture);
- Lycée technique pour professions éducatives et sociales (social professions);
- Lycée technique pour professions de santé (health professions).
Several international state schools follow the curricula, the assessments criteria and the schedule of the European school system. They are available to all students and free of charge. They follow the European secondary education curricula (seven years) in a French speaking, English speaking and German speaking stream leading to the European baccalaureate. These schools are:
- the École internationale Differdange et Esch-sur-Alzette (EIDE);
- the Lënster Lycée International School in Junglinster (LLJ);
- the École internationale Edward Steichen in Clervaux (LESC);
- the École internationale in Mondorf-les-Bains (EIMLB);
- the École internationale Mersch Anne Beffort (EIMAB);
- the École internationale Gaston Thorn (EIGT).
Other streams in the mother tongues of the member countries of the European Union are available in the European Schools that are not included in the public education system.
International English curriculum (Cambridge)
The International School Michel Lucius (LML) offers English speaking classes leading to the British diplomas International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), Advanced Subsidiary level (AS-levels) and Advanced level (A-levels).
International secondary education covers seven years with the last two years corresponding to the 1st and 2nd year of the curriculum of the international baccalaureate.
Access to the international baccalaureate is available at the Lycée technique du Centre (BI in French), at the Lycée Mathias Adam (BI in French) and at the Athénée de Luxembourg (BI in English). This is a classical baccalaureate available in 143 countries throughout the world and recognized by Luxembourgish law as equivalent to the General Certificate of Secondary Education (see Schooling of foreign pupils).
The Schengen German-Luxembourgish secondary school (Schengen Lyzeum) proposes bi-national and cross-border training combining the elements of the German and the Luxembourgish educational systems. This German-Luxembourgish education leads to a diploma of the German system, (“allgemeine Hochschulreife”) and to a secondary school leaving diploma (“Abitur”).
More information here
Special language options
“ALLET” classes (German as a foreign language):
These classes are available to students of the lower classes (7e to 5e) with a very good level in French and mathematics but some weaknesses in German. Lessons focus on the acquisition of skills in the German language.
“Français Plus” classes:
These classes are available to students with a good general skill level but with some weaknesses in French. In 7e, 6e and 5e classes, students attend additional French lessons in support of the normal lessons.
LVF classes (French as main teaching language):
In these classes, all subjects are taught in French. German is taught at the same level as in the regular classes. These classes were designed for students from the national elementary education who prefer to continue their studies in French.
Classes for newly arrived students (classes d’accueil et classes d’insertion):
These classes are available to students aged 12 to 15 who have recently arrived in the country and have no or insufficient skills in the languages of the national education system. They attend intensive training in French or German and initiation courses in the Luxembourgish language (see Schooling of foreign pupils).
Classes taught in a specific language (classes à régime linguistique spécifique):
These higher classes of general secondary education are available to students having good knowledge in French but insufficient mastery of German language.
For further information, go to Schooling of foreign pupils.
Other specific educational offers
CLIJA – Integration classes for young adults:
These classes are available to young people aged 16 or more, who have recently arrived in the country.
TSL – Classes for students with specific language development needs:
These classes of 7e, 6e, 5e of the Lycée technique du Centre are specially designed for dysphasic students.
COIP – Professional orientation and initiation courses (Cours d’orientation et d’initiation professionnelle): These classes are organized by the Centres nationaux de formation professionnelle continue (CNFPC in Esch-sur-Alzette and Ettelbruck) and available to students over 18 not meeting the conditions to access vocational training or lacking the necessary skills to enter the job market and/or who dropped out of school prematurely.
These structures of classical secondary education and general secondary education have a specific status with the objective of pedagogic innovation while providing the same curricula and leading to the same diplomas as traditional high schools.
- Lycée Ermesinde, full-time school;
- Schengen-Lycée or „Deutsch-Luxemburgisches Schengen-Lyzeum“, bi-national cross-border school located in Perl, Germany;
- Sportlycée, for students practicing a sports activity at a high level;
- École nationale pour adultes, for adolescents and young adults who dropped out of school without a recognized qualification or who are not following any training while meeting the conditions to access vocational training.
2e voie de qualification
The secondary qualification track (2e voie de qualification) is part of the adult training and vocational training. It enables people who did not finish their initial studies and who wish to acquire the basic skills to obtain a general secondary school leaving diploma, a General Certificate of Secondary Education or a vocational training qualification/certificate. Distance education courses are available for classical secondary education on the website portail eBac.
Private schooling offer
Five private schools, financially supported by the State, provide the official curricula:
- École privée Marie-Consolatrice (EPMC)
- École privée Sainte-Anne (EPSA)
- École privée Fieldgen (EPF)
- Lycée privé Emile Metz (LPEM)
- École privée Sainte-Sophie
Five schools, also financially supported by the State but to a lesser extent, provide different curricula:
- Fraï-ëffentlech Waldorfschoul Lëtzebuerg
- St. George’s International School
- International School of Luxembourg (ISL)
- Lycée français du Luxembourg (Vauban)
- École Privée Grandjean asbl
The European Schools are mainly available to the children of European officials and provide complete education curricula in their mother tongue leading to the European baccalaureate. Children of other intergovernmental institutions or private companies having entered into a special agreement may also be admitted as far as spots are available and against payment of tuition fees.
Regular school offers
- Offre scolaire
- Offre scolaire à l'enseignement secondaire (présentation destinée aux enseignants du cycle 4)
- Que faire après le 4e cycle de l’enseignement fondamental ?
- Que faire après la 5e de l’enseignement général ?
- The preparation path for general secondary education: Teaching modules
- Initial vocational training: School offer
- Centre de coordination des projets d’établissement
Specific school offers
- Schooling of foreign pupils
- Children and young people with specific needs
- Website of the European Schools
Alternative route to qualification on the continuing education portal