Facts and Questions

Facts and Questions2020-02-14T14:54:45+01:00
What is ISJ?2020-01-21T13:36:16+01:00

International School Junglinster is a state educational entity comprising Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary School.  It aims to provide a multilingual and multicultural education of quality, within the Luxembourgish national educational system.  ISJ is housed in and makes part of Lënster Lycée in Junglinster, Luxembourg.  ISJ opened its doors in September 2018.

What educational system does ISJ follow?2020-01-21T13:37:31+01:00

Although part of the Luxembourgish governmental educational offer, ISJ follows the European School structure, syllabi and curriculum in general.  ISJ is an Accredited European School and aims at leading its students towards the European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma.

What are the schooling cycles offered in the International School Junglinster?2020-01-21T13:43:05+01:00

Kindergarten – 2 years, age 4-6 years

Primary – 5 years (p1 – p5), age 6-11 years

Secondary – 7 years (s1- s7), age 11/12-18/19 years

The above age-groups, are given as standard minimums.  For a variety of schooling reasons, it is not unusual that some pupils be a full year older than mentioned above.

How many Linguistic Sections does ISJ have?2020-01-21T13:44:15+01:00

Three language sections: the Anglophone, the Germanophone and the Francophone.

What is a linguistic section?2020-01-21T13:44:56+01:00

Linguistic Sections of the European School system are defined by the dominant language used for the education of pupils in that section, e.g. in the Anglophone section pupils study English as their main language.  This is the language they use for most subjects, therefore the language of the section (English, German or French) should be at mother tongue level or equivalent, for a pupil to be able to join that section.

Language 2 (obligatory throughout Secondary) and language 3 are separate subjects, and gain ever greater importance, as pupils progress upwards in the Secondary School.  Students joining the first year of the Secondary school should have a reasonable level of language 2, equivalent to several years of exposure to the language – A1/2 level is desired.  As from year 3 in the Secondary (s3), the Human Science subjects are taught in L2 (first foreign language).  Language 3 starts to be taught as a beginner’s language in the first year of the Secondary school, and is obligatory in the curriculum until s5.

What criteria should pupils fulfill to enter one of the two sections of ISJ?2020-01-21T13:47:03+01:00

Pupils should have completed the equivalent previous education to the year they are applying for; be of the right age group and – depending on the section chosen, have English, German or French as their dominant language of education and/or family environment.  Priority is given to the catchment area around Junglinster.

Which classes will ISJ offer in the school year 2020-2021?2020-01-21T13:48:22+01:00

Anglophone Section                                 Germanophone Section                         Francophone Section

Kindergarten                                                    Kindergarten                                                    Kindergarten

Primary p1-p5                                                  Primary p1-p5                                                  Primary p1

Secondary s1-s4                                               Secondary s1-s4                                              Secondary s1 – s2

At what age do pupils start different levels of ISJ?2020-01-21T13:50:45+01:00

Question 4 refers.  Furthermore, ISJ follows a system of equivalence with different educational providers from Luxembourg, Europe and worldwide.  Previous academic qualifications are preponderant to age.  For a pupil coming from the Luxembourgish primary system, she/he should have completed the 6th year of the Primary, level 4.2, before being able to join the s1 in the Secondary school.

What are the school times at ISJ?2020-01-21T13:52:17+01:00

Like for the students of Lënster Lycée, the school day at ISJ starts at 8 am and ends at 4 pm. Friday is a short day, ending at 11.35 hrs.  Below is a typical timetable in the Secondary school, cycle s1-s3.

Are there activities the students can be enrolled to after 4 pm?2020-01-21T14:03:28+01:00

Such activities are open to all students of Lëster Lycée and ISJ.  They start after school, from Monday to Thursday, and last until 18.30 hrs.  A list of such activities organized in the current year can be found on the school site, under Extracurricular Supervision.

Do students study Luxembourgish at school?2020-01-21T13:45:54+01:00

There is an obligatory 2 period/week of Luxembourgish lessons for all pupils in the Primary and Secondary.  Besides, students of International School mix with and share the same scholastic environment with Lënster Lycée students – an element which augments their exposure to the language of the country.

What is the procedure for enrollment in the ISJ?2020-01-21T14:05:01+01:00

Enrollment during the school year is not possible, unless it is a case of arrival into the country from abroad.

The opening of the enrollment period in a year is generally preceded by a presentation evening in the Spring, where interested parents and other partners are invited to participate.  Here the school management exposes the educational offer for the coming year, together with the aims and objectives of ISJ.  The next presentation meeting will take place on January 30th for the Primary and February 6th 2020 for the Secondary in Lenster Lycée, at 19hrs.

Following this, an enrollment form will be found on the school site:  http://lensterlycee.lu/inscription-internationale-20182019/   Interested parents should complete the form, attach the required documentation and send it by postal mail or bring it in person to the school secretariat.  Email contact: Mrs. Tania Molitor tania.molitor@llj.lu  An update of the latest educational qualifications should be done no later than end of June of the current school year.

Is there a school canteen at ISJ?2020-01-21T14:02:03+01:00

Lënster Lycée and International School Junglinster have a well-equipped student Restaurant and Cafeteria.  The details of this service can be found on: http://lensterlycee.lu/restaurant-scolaire/

Is there school transport available. If so, from which areas and how much does it cost?2020-01-21T14:02:37+01:00

Lënster Lycée and International School are served by an extensive network of free school transportation, the details of which are available at: http://lensterlycee.lu/transport-scolaire/

Where can one find more information about European and Accredited European Schools?2020-01-21T13:42:07+01:00

Further information is available at the official site of European Schools:

https://www.eursc.eu/en  and  https://www.eursc.eu/en/Accredited-European-Schools/About

Does ISJ offer teaching in a language 1, different from that of the above sections?2020-01-21T13:50:06+01:00

ISJ is willing to adapt its educational offer to match the needs of a vibrant multilingual and multicultural environment of present-day Luxembourg.  Therefore, it aims to offer the students eligible for enrollment, the possibility to study as Language 1 (L1), a language which these students have been previously educated in, and which is not offered as L1 in any of our linguistic sections.  It is the same model as the one used by the European Schools, called SWALS (Students Without a Language Section).  This provision aims at helping students from families that have recently arrived in Luxembourg.  SWALS provision implies the teaching of L1 at mother tongue level (4-5 hours/week), while the rest of the subjects takes place in the student’s L2 in one of our three linguistic sections.  Creation of SWALS L1 classes will depend on the demand, and may be subject to number restrictions.

What are the Curriculum Subjects pupils study in the Secondary Observation Cycle (s1-s3)?2020-01-21T13:55:21+01:00
What Subjects will the students study in the pre-Orientation Cycle (S4-s5)?2020-01-21T14:14:56+01:00

Use of Languages in the ISJ curriculum.2020-01-21T13:57:11+01:00
Where can I find the academic syllabi of different subjects?2020-01-21T14:11:18+01:00
What assessment criteria is used in the Secondary school reports?2020-01-21T14:00:13+01:00

Classes s1-s3 use the grades from the table below in their reports.  As from s4 marks and half marks are used.  In the last two years – Baccalaureate Cycle, marks with one decimal point are used.  Reports given to parents/pupils per trimester or semester always contain a written comment by the subject teacher.

An important guiding principle – Self Evaluation.2020-01-21T14:01:14+01:00

A fundamental element of our work with the pupils at ISJ is peer and self-evaluation.  Our teaching philosophy is permeated by the principle that it is helpful for the pupils’ development to take learning in their own hands, as early as possible in their school life.  Therefore, self-reflection with regard to the learning process is fundamental.  Such reflection is harvested and encouraged by the Class and Subject teachers, and recorded at the start of the school year, as well as per trimester.  Pupils have the possibility of making their target predictions in different subjects; follow the progress of their knowledge and timely reflect when improvement is needed. Pupils also develop their friendly critical spirit when given the opportunity to express a critical opinion in class, and get the tools to a healthy, social, argument-based debate. The help and encouragement of parents in the whole of this process is welcomed and considered very important.

Peer and self-evaluation aims at developing the above skills in our pupils, but is clearly distinct from pupil assessment which, naturally, is an attribute of our teachers as course leaders.