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Enrolment

Compulsory enrolment in Cycle 1.1

The parents or guardians of children who live in Luxembourg City and will reach 4 years of age by 1 September of the current year will receive, in March of the same year, an information letter from the Service Enseignement. Parents who have not received this invitation are asked to contact the Service Enseignement.

Parents or guardians of children who move to Luxembourg City in the middle of year need to complete two procedures:

  • Declaration of residence at the Bierger-Center
  • Visit the Service EnseignementBureau des inscriptions at
    20, rue du Commerce (3rd floor) L-1351 Luxembourg
    Tel.: (+352) 4796-3462 / (+352) 4796-2957 / (+352) 4796-2954
    Make sure to bring the certificate of residence issued by the Bierger-Center.

As soon as they have been enrolled by the Service Enseignement, children will be admitted to school and attend classes at the designated institution.

Children who live in another municipality may be admitted to a school in Luxembourg City, subject to certain conditions (please refer to the section on school catchment areas below). If the child is admitted, the enrolment fees will be covered by the child's municipality of residence.


Optional enrolment in Cycle 1.0

Enrolment in Cycle 1.0 (early learning) is optional. Parents of a children reaching 3 years of age by 1 September of the current year will receive, in March of the same year, an information letter from the Service Enseignement. Parents who have not received this invitation are asked to contact the Service Enseignement.

Depending on availability, admission to Cycle 1.0 may also take place at the beginning of the second quarter for children reaching 3 years of age by that date. If need be, the parents or guardians of the children concerned will be contacted by the Service Enseignement. However, children who are admitted late will not be admitted to Cycle 1.1 the following September.


Enrolment in a private school, a school in another municipality, or home-schooling

If parents or guardians residing in Luxembourg decide to enrol their child in a private school, a public primary school in another municipality, or a primary school in another country, they must provide the Service Enseignement with a certificate confirming their child's enrolment at the earliest possible date.
If parents decide to home-school their child, they must submit an application to the regional directorate, which will issue a decision.

Class schedules

  Cycle 1 Cycles 2 to 4

Monday

morning: 8:00–11:40
afternoon: 14:00–16:00

morning: 8:00–11:50
break time: 9:45–10:00
guided study: 11:50–12:30
afternoon: 14:00–16:00
break time: 14:55–15:05

Tuesday

morning: 8:00–11:40

morning: 8:00–12:30
break time: 9:45–10:00

Wednesday

morning: 8:00–11:40
afternoon: 14:00–16:00

morning: 8:00–11:50
break time: 9:45–10:00
guided study: 11:50–12:30
afternoon: 14:00–16:00
break time: 14:55–15:05

Thursday

morning: 8:00–11:40

morning: 8:00–12:30
break time: 9:45–10:00

Friday

morning: 8:00–11:40
afternoon: 14:00–16:00

morning: 8:00–11:50
break time: 9:45–10:00
guided study: 11:50–12:30
afternoon: 14:00–16:00
break time: 14:55–15:05

Guided study

Luxembourg City offers guided study to children enrolled in Cycles 2 to 4 of the public education system. During these sessions, the children are assisted by qualified individuals. These sessions, which are free and held at the schools, are offered to pupils on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:50 to 12:30.
Parents who do not want their children to attend these sessions should send a written request to the Service Enseignement.

Pupils are also supervised outside of school hours:

  • for the 10 minutes before classes begin;
  • for the 10 minutes after classes end.

School catchment areas

School catchment areas have been established so that children are assigned to schools located in their neighbourhood. All children must go to school in the catchment area where the residence of their parent(s) or their carer is located.


Exemption from this requirement in special cases.

Upon written request from the person responsible (and counter-signed by the guardian, where applicable), and following a reasoned decision by the school commission, an application to enrol a child in another school in Luxembourg City may be submitted if the child is cared for by:

  • a relative within the third degree of kinship;
  • a state-authorised third party exercising parental assistance activities;
  • a state-authorised organisation involved in the socio-educational field.

The application form is available from the Service Enseignement. Should the grounds for transfer prove admissible, the application will be granted if the organisation of the school can accommodate the child.


Change of school catchment area

If a child's school catchment area changes in the course of a school year due to a change of residence, they may be authorised by the Commission scolaire (at the written request of the parent or guardian and with the approval of the child's class teacher) to finish the year at the same school.

If the pupil is enrolled in a primary school other than the one in the municipality of their usual place of residence, then the parents must notify their local municipal office by no later than eight days after the start of the school year, providing a copy of the enrolment certificate issued by the school. If parents decide to home-school their child, they must file a declaration with the regional directorate, which will decide whether or not to accept the request. If the request is granted, the parents will then be required to notify their municipality of residence.

Change of address during the school year

If a family moves during the school year, the parents may:

  • immediately enrol their child in the school for their new place of residence; or
  • apply to have their child finish the school year at their old school.

Parents should submit this application to the Service Enseignement after declaring their change of address. If moving within Luxembourg City, this change of address must be declared at the Bierger-Center. If moving to a new municipality, they must make this declaration at the municipal office for their new place of residence.
The authorisation applies only to the school year in progress.

School trips

Over the course of the school year, classes occasionally go on trips. Please note that for excursions abroad (outside Luxembourg's national borders), the teaching staff accompanying the group must receive parental authorisation.

School materials

  • The textbooks used in the public schools are provided to pupils by the municipality.
  • The Technolink Centre ensures that classrooms in Luxembourg City are equipped with the necessary, up-to-date computer equipment to enable pupils to learn how to use new technologies and use them for their class work. Stakeholders in the school system may find and share useful information at www.technolink.lu.
  • Each school has a library from which pupils may borrow books of all genres in several languages. Your child's class teacher will inform you of the library opening hours at the school your child attends.


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Contact details

20 rue du Commerce
L-1351 Luxembourg

Getting there by bus

Opening hours

Monday–Friday

8:00–12:00 and 13:30–17:00