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The School Service for Newly Arrived Children (Cellule d'accueil scolaire pour élèves nouveaux arrivants - CASNA) provides information to newly arrived young people aged 12 and over about the Luxembourgish educational system, and about the help available for foreign language-speaking students, with a view to facilitating their placement into a class that is appropriate to their situation.
Students who are fluent in Luxembourg's languages of instruction (German, French, and, depending on the level, English) are placed in regular classes.
- For students aged 12 to 15 who are not fluent in Luxembourg's languages of instruction (French and German), special classes known as reception classes or integration classes are available;
- for students aged 16 to 17, integration classes for young adults (classes d'insertion pour jeunes adultes - CLIJA) offer basic education in French providing access to technical secondary education or to social and economic self-sufficiency;
- for students aged 14 to 17 who have recently arrived in Luxembourg and are capable of receiving high-level secondary education in French or English, international classes leading to the International Baccalaureate are offered at the Lycée Technique du Centre and at the Athénée de Luxembourg;
- for students aged 13 to 17 who have recently arrived in Luxembourg and are capable of receiving high level secondary education in English, international classes leading to the GCSE international diploma, the AS-Level, and the A-Level are offered at the Lycée Michel Lucius.
Who is concernedAll newly-arrived students aged 12 to 17.
How to proceed
Specific features of reception and integration classes by age
Classes for newly-arrived young people aged 12 to 15
Young people are placed based on their language skills and the educational level they had reached in their country of origin. Specific language classes are offered to learn French and German. In general, students must be present at the beginning of the school year (15 September).
Reception classes (ACCU)
These transitional classes are designed for non-French-speaking students. The students take classes in French for beginners, mathematics, and Luxembourgish, with a view to their joining a lower- or mid-level class in the technical secondary education system (special language-track classes), or in the preparatory track.
These classes accept students throughout the school year.
French-language integration classes (7th ES, 8th ES, and 9th ES))
These 'Intensive French' classes are intended for students who do not speak French but did well at school in their country of origin.
In these classes, students study French intensively, as well as all of the other subjects in the lower-level programme. The language of instruction is French. They do not learn German and can continue their education in special language-track classes or in preparatory classes leading to the International Baccalaureate diploma. Admission to these classes is not possible once the school year has started.
German-language integration classes (7th ES, 8th ES, and 9th ES))
These 'Intensive German' classes are aimed at students who have a good knowledge of French and did well at school in their country of origin, but who have little to no knowledge of German. Students in these classes study German intensively, while all other subjects are taught in French. Depending on the level attained by the end of the year, they may continue their education in a regular secondary school or in a technical secondary school. It should be noted that admission to these classes is not possible once the school year has started.
Classes for newly-arrived young people aged 16 to 18
Integration classes for young adults (Classes d'insertion pour jeunes adultes - CLIJA)
These integration classes for young adults offer basic instruction in French in preparation for technical secondary education or social and economic self-sufficiency.
Special language-track classes in mid- and upper-level secondary education (RLS classes)
A large number of professional and technical classes are offered in French. The curricula are identical to those in the standard education system, but the language of instruction is French instead of German.
These French-language classes exists for all 3 streams:
- the technical stream, which prepares students to take the technical baccalaureate exam;
- the technician stream, which leads to a technician's diploma;
- the vocational stream, which leads to the vocational diploma (diplôme d'aptitude professionnelle - DAP) and the professional competence certificate (certificat de capacité professionnelle - CCP).
The technical- and technician-stream programmes prepare students for entry to higher education or working life. The vocational-stream programme prepares students for more direct entry to working life.
Pre-professional integration classes (classes d'insertion pré-professionnelle - CLIPP)
These are transitional classes for students with some knowledge of French. Depending on the student's skills and goals, the instruction will be geared towards entering the school system or the world of work.
Children aged 12 to 17 are guided towards post-primary education. Before entering the system, they must go through the School service for newly arrived children (CASNA) at the Ministry of National Education, Children, and Youth, which provides information to students and their families. The service takes stock of their academic and linguistic knowledge so that they can be guided towards the most appropriate class.
At the first meeting with the CASNA, the following documents must be provided:
- ID card or passport;
- social security card;
- report cards for the past 2 school years;
- family civil status record or certificate of filing of application for international protection.
On the basis of these documents, the CASNA prepares a school enrolment file and carries out an initial assessment (test) of the student so that they can be guided to the most appropriate secondary school.
If the student wishes to enrol in a private general secondary school or a technical secondary school, the procedures with the CASNA are not required. In that case, parents must directly contact the private school of their choice.
Who to contact
Department of Secondary and Technical Secondary Education29, rue Aldringen
Phone : (+352) 247-85129Fax : (+352) 247-85130
School service for newly arrived children (Cellule d'accueil scolaire pour élèves nouveaux arrivants – CASNA)58, boulevard Grande-Duchesse Charlotte
Phone : (+352) 247-85277