The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme
at the Athénée de Luxembourg
This programme enables students with an excellent command of English to follow academically challenging and balanced secondary studies (with English as a mother- tongue) focusing on languages, arts and sciences, which gives them an excellent preparation for university studies in Anglo-Saxon countries and Europe and life beyond.
IB World School
The Athénée acquired the status of IB World School in February 2010. This means that we are authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate study programme and to host the two final diploma years as of September 2010. The IB which is offered at the Athénée de Luxembourg is recognized by the legislator as equivalent to the Luxembourgish school-leaving certificate (Diplôme de fin d'études secondaires). Students receive an official MEN document as proof to help with university applications in all European countries.
The Athénée offers a 4 - year study programme, which encompasses two different cycles: following the two successful preparation years (10th and 11th grades) students automatically enter the actual IB Diploma Programme (12th and 13th grades). Although they may join the programme in grades 10, 11 or 12, we advise students (not only from the Luxembourgish school system, but also from other institutions and abroad) to join the programme in grade 10 to adapt to standards and be integrated with local students.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a very demanding two-year international programme that meets the needs of highly motivated students and leads to an outstanding qualification that is recognized by leading universities around the world. To earn an IB diploma, students must take and pass examinations in six academic subjects, as prescribed by the IBO. The Athénée does not offer the IB COURSE, as European universities do not accept this qualification.
In addition, students must take the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course that investigates the nature of knowledge in various disciplines (also called applied philosophy), to participate in at least 150 hours of Creativity, Action, Service (CAS), to undertake original research, and to write an Extended Essay of 4,000 words.
Subjects taught in the IB Diploma Programme at the Athénée
Group 1: English A Literature HL and SL
Group 2: French B HL and SL, French A language and literature SL, French A self-taught SL
Group 3: Individuals and Societies(Economics HL or SL / History HL or SL)
Group 4: Experimental Sciences (Biology HL or SL / Chemistry HL or SL / Physics HL or SL)
Group 5: Mathematics HL and SL
Group 6: The Arts and Electives (Visual Arts SL, German B HL and SL, German A self-taught SL or another subject from groups 3 or 4)
The course outlines for grades 10 to 13 can be found on the website of the Ministry of Education (MEN) under enseignement secondaire - classes internationales - anglophones
In order to be admitted to the 10th, 11th or 12th grades in September 2015, students need an excellent command of English. In addition, each applicant will have to sit an admission test (English, French and Mathematics for grade 10; English, French, Experimental sciences and Mathematics for grades 11 and 12). All applications will be treated individually, on the basis of each student’s portfolio. Testing takes place at the Athénée in May (first session), July (second session) and early September (third session; if there are still vacancies). All applicants may participate in two sessions only.
Application forms can be downloaded from our website (http://www.al.lu/index.php/downloads1. Application procedure for the coming school-year starts in the autumn term.