What are the application dates for admission to the European Schools in Luxembourg?

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Enrolment period 2017 : From 09/04/2018 until 18/05/2017 for all cycles (nursery, primary and secondary) *

  • It is not possible to submit applications before the above dates and also not a year in advance.
  • The applications must be submitted in case of registration of new pupils only.
  • Only the application files published below can be used and shall not be reformatted.

*excepted from 09/05 until 11/05/2018

Are the European Schools open to children whose parents do not work for the European Institutions?

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Yes, they are. Although priority is given to children of parents working for the European institutions, there are places available for other children. But their number is reduced (currently to 24 pupils per class) and subject to specific rules. 

The pupils of the European Schools are divided into three categories:

Category I: Pupils whose parents are members of the staff of or seconded to a European Institution or an assimilated organization. The employer must certify that the duration of the contract lasts for a minimum period of one year. These pupils are exempted from school fees.

Category II: Pupils whose parents are members of the staff of a company or an organization which has concluded a special agreement with the European schools and certifies that it will pay the school fees for the enrolled pupil. 

Category III: Pupils whose parents do not belong to categories I or II and pay the requested school fee themselves. These pupils can be admitted if places are available and if they fulfill other conditions as defined by the school. 

For more details check the documents under Inscriptions on our website.

What is the difference between the European School Luxembourg I and the European School Luxembourg II?

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Both the EE Luxembourg I in Kirchberg and the EE Luxembourg II in Mamer/Bertrange follow the same curriculum and function under the same administrative structure.

The ES Luxembourg I is located at Kirchberg and has the 3 cycles: nursery, primary, secondary. All the pupils of the following mother tongues and sections are automatically enrolled in the ES Luxembourg I: Bulgarian, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.

The ES Luxembourg II is located in Bertrange/Mamer and has the three cycles: nursery, primary, secondary. All pupils of the following mother tongues and sections are automatically enrolled in the ES Luxembourg II: Czech, Danish, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Maltese, Romanian, Slovenian, Slovakian and Croatian.

Both schools have an Anglophone (EN), Francophone (FR) and German speaking (DE) section and teach Irish.

The pupils are directed to one or the other school, when they join the European schools of Luxembourg.

How are students in the French, English, and German language sections assigned to each school?

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The guidelines for determining school assignment are included on the “Admission Policy for the European School Luxembourg” page of the school’s website under the heading “Admission”.

The allocation is intended to be final. The parents may however, submit a written request to the Director of the school their children attend asking for a change to the other school. This must be done by May 18th 2017 at the latest for the secondary, nursery and primary cycles. If places are available and provided that this does not create an imbalance in terms of numbers of pupils per class, the directors might agree a transfer for the following school year.

All such transfer requests relating to pupils in the nursery or primary cycles are dealt with by the Head of the school where the pupil is enrolled. Answers will be given latest by June 29th 2018.

When will parents be informed of their child’s admission to the school?

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Pupils of category III will only be admitted if places are available. The final answers, including the class allocation, will be sent before July 13th 2018. Please do not call the school; the correct and complete processing of the data is very time-consuming. The school staff is instructed not to give individual feedback before all applications have been considered.

Which language sections are at each school?

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Luxembourg I : Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish.

Luxembourg II : Czech, Danish, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian.

What is the admission age for Nursery and Primary students at the European Schools?

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Admission to Nursery School takes place in September of the calendar year when a child turns 4, meaning before December 31 of the current year. No exceptions can be made. Admission to the first year of Primary School takes place in September of the calendar year when a child turns 6.

Which second languages are taught in the European Schools?

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In the first year of Primary School after the vacation for Toussaint, students begin learning their first foreign language, what will be called their second language (L2). Students choose one of the three working languages, French, English, or German, as their L2. Except for the SWALS* students, it must be different from the language of their section. Students continue learning their L2 throughout their school years, and by Secondary School it will be used as the language of instruction for a number of their courses.

* SWALS = Students Without A Language Section

How does the school help students who do not have sufficient knowledge of a language?

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The SWALS pupils (Students Without A Language Section) of category I and II in the European schools of Luxembourg (Mother tongues concerned: Bulgarian, Croatian, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Slovenian, Romanian, Slovakian) will normally be admitted to the DE, EN or FR section. The School will provide intensive “SWALS” help, as much and as long as needed, to make the integration as easy as possible. The School also provides a remedial course for LII from the third Primary year. This concerns new pupils.

How should school fees be paid?

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Category II : The employer who has signed an agreement with the school will receive the bill and make payments directly to the school.

Category III : The school will send a bill to the parents of students in Category III. At the time of application, parents will be asked to pay a 500 euro deposit. If the student is admitted and begins attending school, the deposit amount will be deducted from the total bill, which is sent out in November. If the student is not admitted, the 500 euro deposit will be returned. If the student is admitted but the parents decide against sending their child to the school, their deposit will be kept by the school. If the first 25% of the school fees have not been paid by 15 August, admission may be rescinded. The balance for the other 75% of the fees may be paid in either one or three installments. Details for the payment procedures can be found on the bill. 

Does the school offer early morning care or afterschool care?

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No, the European School does not have childcare facilities and cannot offer early morning or afterschool care. The C.P.E. (Centre Polyvalent de l’Enfance interinstitutionnel) does have a childcare program and offers afterschool to the children of parents employed by the European Institutions.

The crèche (daycare program) is managed by the European Parliament; the garderie (older childcare) and the centre d’etudes et loisirs (study and recreation center) are managed by the European Commission (unit OIL.05 of “Office Infrastructures et Logistique Luxembourg”). These programs are independent from the European School. Enrollment in the European School does not automatically signify enrollment in the C.P.E. and vice versa.

Answers to more questions relating to the three C.P.E. programs can be found on their website.

Is there school bus service?

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The association ATSEEE organizes and oversees the school transport services: www.atseee.lu

Email contact: info@atseee.eu

Does the school organize extracurricular activities?

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The FAPEEEL (Federation of European School Parents Associations in Luxembourg) organizes activities. Please check the website.

When and where do students have lunch?

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At the nursery cycle, a warm meal is served to the pupils in their classroom on Monday (which is the only long day). For the other days, the school does not provide any catering.

On Monday and Wednesday between 12 and 2 p.m., the pupils of the primary school eat in the school’s refectory. Pupils can choose to eat the warm meal offered by the school or to bring along a snack from home and eat it in the refectory (tartinistes). For the other days, the school does not provide any catering.

The meals are paid via a yearly or quarterly subscription system. Pupils bringing along their own meal will pay a reduced fee for the service done by the canteen’s provider [= private company].

In the secondary school, the subsistence expenses have to be paid via an electronic payment card.

Do students wear school uniforms?

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There is no required school uniform.

For the Sport and Swimming lessons, appropriate clothing is compulsory. Teachers of the primary and nursery cycles may ask for home shoes during class time, especially in winter.

For security reasons pupils are not allowed to move around the building without shoes or slippers.

What was the Convention of 16 May 2014 between the Luxembourg Minister of National Education and the Secretary General of the Board of Governors for European Schools?

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This convention is intended to facilitate the enrolment of the French-speaking and English-speaking children of the category III in the European Schools of Luxembourg.

It provides that the Government of Luxembourg contributes to the opening of an additional class each year in the French and English sections at the pace of one level per school year.

For the school year 2018-2019, the Convention applies to the P5 level.

The government contribution does not exempt.

What web platform allows access to practical information about the students’ school life and education?

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The MySchool system allows personalized and secure access to information about your student’s school life. Important notices and information from the school will also be communicated through MySchool. Login credentials are provided at the start of the school year.

You will find a lot of information as course schedules, booklists, and much more.