Secondary education is for children aged 12 and older. A key moment in life and in a pupil's schooling, since it involves choosing a future career, both academic and professional. That's why secondary schools in the Grand Duchy offer such a wide range of approaches, courses and diplomas.
Accompanying pupils in achieving their aims
Luxembourg's education system aims to give all pupils the chance to gain the highest possible qualification in keeping with their abilities and interests, regardless of their origin. This is an ambitious task, given the social, linguistic and technological changes taking place in society, but the Grand Duchy intends to achieve it via a number of routes:
Luxembourg allows high schools themselves the opportunity to promote pedagogical innovation through its school projects. Each school project defines the objectives that a school sets for itself in the following years, such as a competency-based assessment, a stronger foothold in its region, a holistic approach or better student motivation. The aim is to enable the secondary schools to implement targeted and often innovative solutions that meet the school's specific requirements.
Certain secondary schools offer courses in subjects not taught elsewhere, such as the Advanced Technician's Certificate (Brevet de Technicien Supérieur' - BTS) in animated drawing at the Lycée des Arts et Métiers and the Architecture, Design and Sustainable Development (A3D) section at the Lycée Josy Barthel. Are you a sports hopeful? The Sportslycée with its high-level programmes for sports talent has been designed for young people like you. Tempted by gastronomy or tourism? The Alexis Heck school for the hotel and tourist industries will prepare you for a career in the hotel and catering trades. So wherever their interests lie, all pupils can find the school career best matched to their plans.
How secondary education is organised
Secondary education covers seven school years, divided into two types:
Classic secondary education (enseignement secondaire classique - ESC)
The aim of ESC is to pass on general knowledge in the fields of human sciences and literature, mathematics and natural sciences.
This type of education prepares above all for higher and university studies; a secondary school leaving diploma (diplôme de fin d'études secondaires) is awarded on completion.
General secondary education (enseignement secondaire général - ESG)
General secondary education essentially prepares for professional life, but also allows the pursuit of studies. On completion, students obtain a technical secondary school leaving diploma, which allows access to higher education.
Basic professional training allows students to acquire the necessary professional qualifications with a corresponding diploma:
the technician's training scheme, which leads to the technician's diploma (diplôme de technicien - DT);
the vocational scheme, which leads to a certificate of professional competence (certificat de capacité professionnelle - CCP) or a vocational aptitude diploma (diplôme d'aptitude professionnelle - DAP).
There is also a 'preparatory scheme', which is a separate route for pupils whose performance at fundamental school is deemed inadequate.
In addition to the State-run secondary schools, there are also several secondary schools in the Grand Duchy that offer schooling for specific needs, as well as a number of private schools. The website of the Ministry of National Education, Children and Youth presents the entire offer of schooling in the Grand Duchy.
Offer of international schooling
Certain secondary schools and international schools in the Grand Duchy offer schooling leading to one of the international or European baccalaureates ( in English, German or French) that match the specific needs of the various communities in the Grand Duchy.
Private secondary schools
There are ten State-subsidised private secondary schools in the Grand Duchy. Five operate according to the Luxembourg curriculum; the other five draw up their own curricula.
National school for adults (Ecole Nationale pour Adultes - ENAD)
The national school for adults (ENAD), which is based on an innovative educational concept, is an integral part of the State-run school system.
The school is for all young people between the ages of 16 and 30 who, because of poor academic results or bad choices, have dropped out of school or are unable to find an apprenticeship. The ENAD offers these young people a different scheme to secondary schools, mainly by paying particular attention to supervision and personalised tutoring.