The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme
at the Athénée de Luxembourg
This programme allows students with an excellent command of English to follow academically challenging and balanced secondary studies in English focusing on languages and sciences. It gives them a very good preparation for further studies at university and life beyond.
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 an equivalent to the Luxembourgish school-leaving certificate (Diplôme de fin d'études secondaires).
The Athénée offers a 4-year study programme, which encompasses two different levels: Following the two preparation years (10th grade and 11th grade) students will start the actual IB Diploma Programme (12th and 13th grade). Although students may join the programme in grade 10, 11 or 12, we advise students coming from the regular Luxembourgish school system to join the programme in grade 10.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in itself is a very demanding two-year international programme that meets the needs of highly motivated students and leads to a qualification that is recognized by leading universities around the world. To earn an IB diploma, students must take a challenging liberal arts course of studies and pass examinations in six academic subjects.
In addition, students are required to take the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course that investigates the nature of knowledge in various disciplines, 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) on HL and SL
Group 2: French B on HL and SL
Group 3: Individuals and Societies (Economics/History) on HL and SL
Group 4: Experimental Sciences (Biology/Chemistry /Physics) on HL and SL
Group 5: Mathematics on HL and SL
Group 6: The Arts and Electives (Visual Arts on HL and SL, German B on HL and SL, French A (Literature) and German A (Literature) as self-thaught languages on SL or another subject from groups 3 or 4)
The course outlines for grades 10-13 can be found on the website of the Ministry of Education (enseignement secondaire - classes internationales - anglophones).
In order to be admitted to the 10th, 11th or 12th grade in September 2013, students will need to have 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.
The tests will take place at the Athénée de Luxembourg in May 2013 (first session) and in July 2013 (second session). An additional session may be organized in September (unless all vacancies are filled by that time). Each candidate may participate in two different sessions only.
The application forms can be downloaded from our website. The application procedure will start on November 7th, 2012. Application forms for the upcoming school year will be accepted until September 7th, 2013.
Open Day 2013
Come to our Open Day on March 16th, 2013 at 10.00 AM and find out more about this programme, visit the school and its facilities, or talk to the teachers involved.
- Description of the programme offered by the Athénée
- University recognition
- Loi du 21 juillet 2006 autorisant le Gouvernement à organiser des classes internationales préparant au diplôme du Baccalauréat international
- Règlement grand-ducal du 9 mai 2008 fixant les modalités de reconnaissance d’équivalence du Baccalauréat International au diplôme de fin d’études secondaires luxembourgeois
- Règlement grand-ducal du 9 mai 2008
- autorisant le Lycée technique du Centre et l’Athénée de Luxembourg à organiser des classes internationales préparant au diplôme du Baccalauréat International;
- déterminant l’organisation des classes internationales préparant au diplôme du Baccalauréat International
- Loi du 18 décembre 2009 portant modification de la loi du 21 juillet 2006 autorisant le Gouvernement à organiser des classes internationales préparant au diplôme du Baccalauréat international
For further information,
please download the Description of the programme offered by the Athénée
or contact the IB Department:
Tel.: +352 2604 6110 (8.30‐12.30)