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tracyofnorfolk replied to the thread Schools on the Luxembourg forum:
kpl927 initially posted:
We are in the process of relocating to Luxembourg from the midwest. We have two children, 8 and 10, and we are looking at ISL and St. George. Based on everything I have read, ISL is the better school for expats. Can anyone give me specific reasons why? Thanks.
tracyofnorfolk replied on July 22, 2014 with:
That is completely untrue. Obviously you know nothing about the school as it's your first post to the forum and you registered today just to say something negative. You don't even know the name of the school! It's ISL-The International School of Luxembourg.
Balbb replied on July 22, 2014 with:
Academics at ils are very poor. School is rather a holiday camp but not a proper school.
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CARRA replied to the thread household / nanny help in English on the Luxembourg forum on July 21, 2014:
luxmom initially posted:
Dear All, Our family of three young children and two busy parents will be moving to Luxembourg in a matter of weeks, and we realize that we will find ourselves overwhelmed if not helped by another adult in the house. We hope to find someone who is a native English speaker (neither parent is but our children were born in the US and this is the language we all share). As a start, we hope that this someone would enable us (the parents) to be even busier on three full days -- perhaps more often if possible. If you or someone you know are interested please do e-mail me directly. And last but not least: advice from fellow parents in Luxembourg will be truly greatly appreciated!
CARRA replied on July 21, 2014 with:
Hi there, I am English and have lived in Luxembourg for two years. I am interested in helping in the house and with the children. My email address is Please email me at your convenience.
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eckardt212 posted Moving - Washer/Dryer and BMW X3 on the Luxembourg forum on July 18, 2014:
I'm moving from Merl back to the U.S. and have two items for sale: Washer and Dryer and a 2008 BMW X3. Both items were purchased last year and are in great condition. - The Washer and Dryer I'll sell for 600 Euro (Paid 1,200) and it's still under warranty - The BMW X3 is a 2008 with 151,000 kilometer; navigation, leather, sunroof, alloy wheels, etc. Perfect for Europe and easy to park in the tight parking garages in Luxembourg Center. Asking 15,750 and paid 17,000 last year. Also, just put in 2,600 Euro at the Lux BMW Dealership for tune up and new turbo. I have all paperwork. Realize I'm taking a big loss on both items and just don't want to waste time with my departure scheduled for the first week in August. Please message me and my number is 352.661.333.550. Email may be best as I'll be traveling the next week. Thank you! Eric
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lisawells replied to the thread Moving to Luxembourg advice! on the Luxembourg forum:
lisawells initially posted:
Hello, We may have to move to Luxembourg with my husband's work either this Sept or more likely next January. I have the usual questions: could you please advise me on schools for our two daughters (eldest turns 8 in August making her a young year 3 student in England; youngest is 5, currently in Kindergarten). We will visit St. George's but could someone give me advice on local state schools. I cannot find much information online regarding these. As a second question, what are work opportunities like for mums out there? Many thanks indeed, Lisa
lisawells replied most recently with:
Thank you so much for your reply Tracy - I do appreciate your advice! ISL doesn't have such an easy website to negotiate compared to St. George's, but I did also try to contact them. No reply yet! All best wishes and thank you again, lisa
tracyofnorfolk replied most recently with:
Hi Lisa, Another option besides St. Georges is the International School of Luxembourg. They offer both the British and the American schooling options. Classes are taught in English. (Both my kids graduated from there). Going into the local schools is more challenging. While I don't have a lot of experience with the local schools, I believe they start in French and then add in German (or visa versa). While the kids speak Luxembourbish, they will also need to have French and German in school. They are also on a different calendar going into July and starting back in late september/early october (again- not exactly sure on that) But something to consider should you be transitioning back to another school in the future. As far as working- if you have the languages, it will be easier to apply and find something (assuming you are an EU citizen).
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Glenys posted Best Internet Provider for Home and Mobile? on the Luxembourg forum:
We will be arriving in Luxembourg City - Merl area around July 18th and we'd like to order Internet service for our apartment ahead of time. We would primarily like high-speed unlimited internet for our home and phone, but have no need for TV services. We're looking for the best deal we could get. Please let me know who you would recommend and how fast do they install it. Thanks. Glenys
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enfoldme replied to the thread Opening a Business in Phnom Penh on the Luxembourg forum:
westmc45 initially posted:
Does anyone have any experience with opening a buisness in Phnom Penh Cambodia. No need to give you any information on what I am trying to do just wanted some input on different peoples experiences I am traveling there in June of this year to have a look around. Thanks Marcus
enfoldme replied most recently with:
Good luck Marcus, my first and last impression of Phnom Penh is that it is a noisy, polluted, dusty trash dump. But those are simply my opinion
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of International School of Luxembourg in Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Review-of-International School of Luxembourg
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The facility is clean and modern-looking, it has a very urban feel. A new building is under construction, scheduled for 2013 I believe. Parking is insufficient though, and it is a daily challenge, although I think this is true for St Georges as well, so what can you do.

The school offers Choir, children play the recorder in Grade 2, Band (w instrument lessons beginning in grade 4, and you can find on-campus lessons in gymnastics, ballet, basketball, soccer, track and swimming. Some classes have an extra fee. There are specific sign-up dates done through the school's website, and often times children are put on a waiting list so even though the school will tell you these activities are available during the tour, the reality is that it's not always guaranteed that your child will get into the sport they want on the first try and you might have to wait a semester or two.

You can ask around among other parents though and find activities in the community such as tennis, horse back riding, ice skating, soccer leagues, etc. Other parents are very helpful. (Continue)

A reader replied most recently with:
We had our child for few years at ISL. We are mixed, british/european family. Previously our child was at the French system , then we moved to ISL . Our child was at I SL at the end of primary and first year of middle school. Myself and my husband we are both very academic University graduate. My opinion about ISL as a school is very low. I think the standard of education at ISL is poor. Children are not challenged at all! Curriculum is very poor. In my opinion children do not get much knowledge there. School doesn't teach but only tells children what they should work on. Everything bases on self learning, self investigation and projects on the computers which pushes child to do 'copy/paste'. iSL is a sort of camp where everything is 'great and 'amazing' and proper traditional learning doesn't exist there. In my opinion the school is not good for parents who value strong academic and are looking for high standard education. School attracts parents by showing them great facilities, good organisation and possibility to do sports. However even in sports, children who really want to achieve something must go to local luxembourgish clubs bc at IsL teaching in all areas is very poor. I am very happy leaving iSL as I saw my child getting bored and frustrated over there. The risk of being at IsL is that at any next school your child is at least one year behind others in all subject. To every new expat in Luxembourg I would advice to try any other school except of ISL. The danger of going down academically is too high.
arizonalux replied recently with:
UPDATE FROM ARIZONALUX Since my initial posting, there have been a variety of changes worthy of an update, in order to provide some more current and balanced information for others to consider if they are searching for information about ISL. With the start of the 2013-14 school year, ISL celebrated its 50th anniversary and completed a massive overhaul with its facilities. The new lower school building is truly fantastic, and the renovation of the pre-existing buildings for administration and the upper/middle school is equally impressive. From a facility perspective, ISL’s campus now is world class, with an environment where the students can feel excited, inspired and proud. Classrooms boast state of the art equipment; there are dedicated spaces for language, art, music, theater and performances. The lower school has a beautiful library, an impressive auditorium, a huge gymnasium and a lovely cafeteria with well-prepared and healthy food choices and expanded outdoor spaces for recess. New sports faculty are also expanding and re-energizing the after-school fitness and competitive sports programs. I also want to commend the school for its efforts regarding increased manpower and physical/technical security devices protecting the campus and the facilities. ISL is in an urban, high traffic location, but I think they are doing a really good job at making it a safe place, and making it feel like a safe place as well. This year my children are in both the lower and middle schools. I stand by my earlier comments advising people with lower school age children, who might only be in Luxembourg for a short duration, to be persistent right from the admission stage to place their children in a grade level that is consistent and commensurate with the work levels they are coming from and where they will go after ISL. That said, if your stay in Luxembourg will be of longer or indefinite duration, then it’s probably fine or even advisable to keep your kids with their same age peers and let them learn at the pace set by the school, because in the long run you will probably be pleased with the results. My earlier praise of the lower school programs for history and science stands true today, and the school does an outstanding job of taking concepts from the classroom and extending learning through the arts (ex: a learning unit on water and rivers was incorporated into their art classes and through onstage performances and singing.) The school does an amazing job at giving the children real world learning opportunities through field trips to see events and locations in Luxembourg and the surrounding countries. Early years and 1st graders stay local with half day trips to the post office, LuxLait Milk factory and Luxembourg Air Rescue. 2nd graders study ancient Rome, act and sing onstage for a performance about Roman life, and take day trips to ruins of ancient Roman baths and reconstructed Roman villas in Germany. A highlight of the 5th grade is a 5-day hiking and outdoor adventure trip in Switzerland. 6th graders went overnight to Euro Space Camp in Belgium and got to experience weightlessness and actual flight simulation exercises used to train astronauts. 7th graders this year will go on a trip to Normandy. They really do a great job of getting the kids out there! My children are a bit older since my first report, so my perspective has grown. I have to say I am very impressed with the middle school curriculum. In the 6th grade, they have the option to take German as well as French. They have Social Studies units on Ancient Civilizations (Egypt, China, Mesopotamia); Cultures in Conflict (ex: learning about current events such as the troubles in Syria); and World Religions. I think American schools tend to shy away from these controversial subjects, especially at the elementary school level. So I am thrilled with the kind of sophisticated global perspective my kids are gaining. Kudos to ISL for introducing the students to engaging and provocative topics, and for encouraging the children to develop a greater understanding and respect for the diversity of views and experiences that exist in the world around them, and within the school community itself. I am also highly impressed by the school board (all highly talented and successful executives) and its vision, motivation and intent to improve the school and work with the administration to ensure that ISL delivers one of the most highly respected educational programs in the international school system. ISL, like every other school, has its challenges, and there is always room to grow and improve. My personal knowledge of international schools is limited to Luxembourg, but in speaking with parents who have looked at international schools elsewhere, ISL is apparently one of the most robust, with its combination of learning programs, campus and facilities, and the opportunities that come with its centralized western European location. The longer I am here, I grow increasingly more satisfied and confident in the value of the experience and education my children are getting at ISL. I would still caution parents of lower school children (particularly American and possibly British) that if you are only here for a couple of years, with the different approaches to the pace and content of learning between ISL and schools in your home country, it is possible for your kids to fall into a gap with the transition back home. How to address that will vary with each individual. But overall, I think ISL has improved, and is actively growing and striving for excellence. My kids are happy here, I’m impressed with the things they know and are learning, and ISL is making a very positive impact on their lives. I will update this again when we have moved on from Lux, and have more to offer from the experience of transitioning to a different school/country (probably the US.) I will definitely look for schools with an IB program. Meanwhile, I hope this report is more balanced now and helpful to those who read it. Good luck!
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Hi all. I am considering joining a position based out of Luxembourg. We are a family of 3 very soon to be 4. Me and my wife have a 3 yr old daughter and we are expecting our second girl in July. Just wanted to know what are the major things to consider for the move. What are the key expenses? What would be a good salary (senior manager level)? Thanks Suhaib
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