What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)
International School of Luxembourg
In what town or city is this school located?
How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)
International School taught in English
What grade levels are represented at this school?
How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)
A few walk or take a bus, most parents drive their children.
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The school is on a campus environment and shares a pool with the Conservetoire. There is a good sized gym with 3 basketball courts. The school is modern and is undergoing an expansion. There was a temporary lower school that was built and opened last fall. (Temporary is an interesting term, I think it looks like any school you'd see in the States!) The upper school will soon be undergoing an addition as they recently accepted more students. There are 4 temporary trailer-like buildings this year, outside, that houses the math/science class for the older students. The auditorium is adequate and is used for drama classes. There is lots of space where the kids are allowed to hang out between classes. They are given about 15 minutes between classes to exchange books etc. I have 2 high schoolers. They are also allowed to go across campus to the Forum to buy lunch. It is a cafeteria for the Luxembourgish high school next door, but is in a separate building. The school offers lots of different activities and both my kids took advantage of them (much to my surprise!). For example, kids are allowed to participate in band. The band plays at the school plays. It is a small school so there are a limited amount of activities and sports, but my kids have both adjusted well and enjoy it! My son was very diappointed that there was no baseball, but a new family came in last summer and started a club team. They compteted at local Army Bases. It is certainly not as competitive as the US, but they got to play and had fun! My daughter is taking art and was able to travel to Florence for a field trip to paint last year. They are going to England in 2 weeks and she participated in an arts festival in Slovenia. Wonderful opportunities!
What has this school done to help your child transition from the curriculum in your home
country into the curriculum in your new country? Are there programs to prepare your child for repatriation?
I thought the teachers were very understanding and forgiving of the students who were new. If there was a topic that my children hadn't covered yet, the teachers didn't include those questions on their tests or didn't include them in the grades until they caught up. The teachers really love what they are doing and I was completely impressed with their skills and desire to see the kids succeed. They were also available for extra help, which my daughter used, to catch up and understand the class. Both my children came in in January, half way thru the year. My son went into French class half way thru the year and was able to catch up! Not sure of any repatriation assistance.
How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?
There is an active PTO that plans an International night for the parents. They always sell out. It is a fun, themed night and everyone brings a dish from their home country! Yummy food, good music and dancing!
What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
Starting a new school is scary, but everyone in this school has been new at one time. I was so impressed with how accepting, mature and driven all the kids were. Truly impressive!