Depending on their age, children newly arrived in the Grand Duchy attend a public school at either the primary level (enseignement fondamental), the secondary level, either classical or general (enseignement secondaire classique and enseignement secondaire général) or an international school. If the parents or guardian so wish, however, children may be enrolled at a private school.
Children are enrolled at a public school through the education department or the secretariat of the municipality (commune) where the family is resident:
- children aged 3: cycle 1 – early childhood education (éducation précoce) (optional)
- children aged 4 and 5: cycle 1
- children aged from 6 to 11: cycles 2 to 4
The municipality records the personal information concerning the newly-arrived child and forwards it to the regional director of the concerned region, to the head of the school committee, and to the person in charge of the welcome courses (cours d’accueil).
Several public international schools offer classes at the primary and sometimes at the kindergarten level.
Some private schools offer different schooling opportunities.
Further information: School options in primary education
Classical secondary education and general secondary education
Recently arrived youngsters aged 12 or more are enrolled at school and guided in their choices by a specific reception unit (Cellule d’accueil scolaire pour élèves nouveaux arrivants - CASNA). In order to ascertain the suitable class and level of competencies of each child, the CASNA assesses his/her school achievements and knowledge of languages. The following documents are required when attending the initial appointment at the CASNA:
- identity papers or passport,
- school reports for the previous two years,
- whenever possible, a copy of the residence certificate (certificat de résidence - to be requested from the municipality) or an attestation of having applied for international protection.
A policy aiming at the diversification of the schooling offer, to better respond to the diversity of the Luxembourg school population, provides for a rich educational landscape. Depending on their talents, needs and aspirations, students have access to classical, general, European, international, public or private secondary education.
Further information: School offer in secondary education