1 Welcome to Luxembourgish schools! English EN Information for foreign parents and students CASNA Cellule d accueil scolaire pour élèves nouveaux arrivants
2 Welcome to Luxembourgish schools! Information for foreign parents and students Ministère de l Éducation nationale Service de la scolarisation des enfants étrangers April 2011 ISBN
3 1 Luxembourg s School System
4 Higher and university education Higher diploma for technicians Master craftsman s diploma Higher technical education (through preparatory courses) Higher diploma for technicians Master craftsman s diploma Secondary education Classic secondary education Technical secondary education Diplôme de fin d études secondaires Diplôme de fin d études secondaires techniques Diplôme de technicien DT Diplôme d Aptitude Professionnelle DAP Certificat de Capacité Professionnelle CCP Formation professionnelle initiale Formation professionnelle de base Technical stream Technician s stream Vocational stream Vocational stream st 2 nd 3rd 14 th* 13 th 12 th 11 th 10 th 13 th 12 th 11 th 10 th 12 th 11 th 10 th 12 th 11 th 10 th Orientation 15 4th Orientation th 6 th 9th theoretical 9th compreh. 9th practical 8 th theoretical 8 th comprehensive 9th modular 8 th modular 12 7th ES 7 th ST Preparatory courses 7th modular Compulsory schooling Theoretical age Orientation Primary education Cycle 4 Cycle 3 Cycle 2 Cycle 1 Early childhood education (optional) * + 14th for qualifications for careers in the social services
5 2 Information for newly arrived pupils CASNA Reception desk for newly arrived pupils Cellule d accueil scolaire pour élèves nouveaux arrivants (CASNA) provides information on the Luxembourg school system and on support measures for children with foreign mother tongues years To enrol children aged 3-11 in school, parents should contact directly their municipality of residence (see Chapter 4) years Pupils from 12 to 17 years of age are oriented toward post-primary education. This is done by CASNA, who advise the pupils and their families. They evaluate the pupils academic records and language abilities and refer them to a specific secondary school. Documents to provide When attending a meeting with CASNA (for post-primary education), please bring: Identity card or passport; Social security card; Academic records for the last two school years; (to be provided if possible): Family civil status record or a copy of your certificate of residence (which can be collected from the local authority of the district in which you live) or certified registration of request for international protection.
6 Contact CASNA Cellule d accueil scolaire pour élèves nouveaux arrivants Reception desk for newly arrived pupils Service de la scolarisation des enfants étrangers Ministère de l Éducation nationale 29, rue Aldringen L Luxembourg Tel. (+ 352) Fax (+ 352) Opening hours, on appointment only Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8.30 am to am and from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm Reception in Luxembourgish, French, German, English and Portuguese (other languages on request). Further information Ministère de l Éducation nationale under the heading "Enfants étrangers"
7 3 Helps when communicating with schools Intercultural mediation Parents, teachers and the school authorities can ask for free assistance by an intercultural mediator who speaks Albanian, Arab, Cape Verdean Creole, Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, Serbo-Croat or Russian, as well as any other languages commonly used in Luxembourg (other languages on special request only). Intercultural mediators are fully versed in the school system. They act confidentially and help parents, pupils and teachers at school or in class. They can also provide the following services: translating during individual face to face meetings between teachers, pupils and parents; providing information on previous schooling in the country of origin; providing verbal or written translations, such as letters from teachers or school reports, for example; accompanying the pupil to psychological care services to deal with matters relating to school.
9 4 Schooling for children from 3 to 12 years of age Primary education Cycle 1 elementary school (3-5 years) Enrolment At the education department of the municipality of residence or at the municipal offices. Cycle 1 consists of 3 years altogether: attending the first year is optional whereas attending the second and third year is compulsory. Preschool education éducation préscolaire (4-5 years) is compulsory. The medium of instruction is Luxembourgish.
10 Primary education Cycles 2, 3, 4 (6-12 years) Enrolment At the education department of the municipality of residence or at the municipal offices. Languages Literacy is taught in German. The medium of instruction for grades 1 to 6 is German (main branches) and Luxembourgish (secondary branches). Children begin to learn French in the second year of the second cycle. Children who first arrive when they are very young are integrated into regular primary classes, where they learn Luxembourgish, German and French. There is a possibility to learn German, French or Luxembourgish intensively in special welcome insertion classes. The number of hours set aside for teaching German and/or French depends on the age and language skills of the pupils. The objective is to integrate pupils into a regular class as quickly as possible Transition from primary to secondary education (age 12) During the second year of cycle 4, all pupils undergo an orientation procedure. The teachers and the inspector give parents detailed information on the procedure. For further information, please visit: ppp_primaire/index.html
11 5 Schooling for pupils from 12 to 17 years of age Pupils aged 12 to 17 years At the end of cycle 4, pupils are oriented towards classical or technical secondary education. Pupils who have completed cycle 4.2 in Luxembourg participate in the orientation process (see Chapter 4). All newly arrived pupils aged 12 or over must contact the Cellule d accueil scolaire pour élèves nouveaux arrivants, CASNA (see Chapter 2). Technical secondary education Classes for newly arrived pupils Initiation classes / ACCU (12-15 years) with intensive French language tuition. 7 th, 8 th and 9 th grade insertion classes (12-15 years) Classes in the lower section of technical secondary education. These are for pupils with a good level of education in their country of origin, but who do not have a solid grasp of the languages taught in Luxembourg.
12 They follow the courses of the lower section of technical secondary education and receive intensive French courses (STF classes) or German (STA classes), depending on their actual language abilities. Initiation classes / CLIJA (for young adults from years) with intensive French courses. Classes taught in French From grade 7: modular French-taught classes. From grade 8: modular and comprehensive French-taught classes. From grade 9: modular, comprehensive and practical French-taught classes. From grade 10 of technical education: a large number of vocational and technical courses are offered in French. The syllabus is identical to those of normal classes, but the medium of instruction is French instead of German.
13 Schooling for pupils from 12 to 17 years of age French-taught classes exist for the three educational streams: The technical stream (régime technique) that prepares students for the technical baccalaureate. The technician s stream (régime de technicien) that prepares students for the technician certificate. The vocational stream (régime professionnel) that prepares students for the following qualifications: Diplôme d aptitude professionnelle (DAP) Certificat de capacité professionnelle (CCP). The technical stream and the technician s stream provide access to higher education and / or a professional career. The vocational stream allows direct access to professional life.
14 Classical secondary education Classical secondary education stretches over 7 years and prepares students for the Diplôme de fin d études secondaires. Pupils are required to have an excellent knowledge of German and French from the first year. English is taught from the second year. The International Baccalaureate (IBO) The classes are intended mainly for pupils who have recently arrived in Luxembourg and who are opting for a secondary education in French or English. They should be academically minded and be able to attend rather demanding secondary classes. Teaching is provided in either French (for pupils from age 15) or English (for pupils from age 14). The International Baccalaureate diploma is a widely accepted secondary school leaving certificate which is currently being offered by some 2,000 secondary schools in 125 countries worldwide. The IBO offered in Luxembourg is legally recognized as an equivalent to the Luxembourgish Diplôme de fin d études secondaires.
15 6 Useful addresses Ministère de l Éducation nationale et de la Formation professionnelle Information on schooling of foreign pupils Service de la scolarisation des enfants étrangers 29, rue Aldringen L Luxembourg Tel. (+ 352) Fax (+ 352) Reception desk for newly arrived pupils Cellule d accueil scolaire pour élèves nouveaux arrivants (CASNA) 29, rue Aldringen L Luxembourg Tel. (+ 352) Fax (+ 352) Certification of educational levels and recognition of the following qualifications: baccalaureate, DAP, master craftsman s diploma, qualifications for careers in the social services or in the educational sector, qualifications for careers in the health sector Service de la reconnaissance des diplômes 29, rue Aldringen L Luxembourg Tel. (+ 352) Fax (+ 352) Job seeking for young people Action locale pour jeunes (ALJ) 29, rue Aldringen L Luxembourg Tel. (+ 352) Fax (+ 352)
16 Adult vocational training / lifelong learning (over 18 years) Formation des adultes / Formation tout au long de la vie 29, rue Aldringen L Luxembourg Tel. (+ 352) Fax (+ 352) Language courses for adults (for every person which is out of the compulsory school age) Institut national des langues, Luxembourg 21, boulevard de la Foire L Luxembourg Tel. (+ 352) Fax (+ 352) Institut national des langues, Annexe Mersch 57, rue Grande-Duchesse Charlotte L Mersch Tel. (+ 352) Fax (+ 352) Educational guidance Centre de Psychologie et d Orientation scolaires (CPOS) 280, route de Longwy L Luxembourg Tel. (+ 352) Fax (+ 352)
17 Useful addresses Ministère de la Culture, de l Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche Information on higher and university education Centre de Documentation et d Information sur l Enseignement supérieur (CEDIES) 209, route d Esch L Luxembourg Tel. (+ 352) Fax (+ 352) Recognition of a foreign higher education degree Homologation des diplômes d enseignement supérieur étrangers (CEDIES) 20, montée de la Pétrusse L Luxembourg Commission des Titres: Tel. (+ 352) Commission d Homologation: Tel. (+ 352)
18 Ministère de l Éducation nationale et de la Formation professionnelle Service de la scolarisation des enfants étrangers CASNA Cellule d accueil scolaire pour élèves nouveaux arrivants 29, rue Aldringen L Luxembourg Tel. (+352) Fax (+352) Concept: INTERPUB Printed by: IMPRIMERIE FR. FABER
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