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InternationalSchoolofLuxembourg

36BvdPierreDupong,L1430Luxembourg,Luxembourg
Tel:(+352)260440
Fax:(+352)26044704
website:www.islux.lu

HIGH SCHOOL PROFILE 20152016

Nicki Crush, Director


Michael Hitchman, Upper School Principal
Robert Sinclair, Dean of External Examinations (IB, IGCSE)

Higher Education Counsellors


Maribeth Byrne mbyrne@islux.lu
Martin Cookson mcookson@islux.lu
Daniel Hiest
dhiest@islux.lu
Higher Education Office: HigherEd@islux.lu

CEEBCode:754102

UCASCode:S48285

IBCode:000801

THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY and MISSION STATEMENT


The International School of Luxembourg (ISL) is an independent, non-profit, university-preparatory day school
situated in the city of Luxembourg, capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. ISL offers a high quality Englishlanguage education for children of both international and local families living in Luxembourg and the surrounding
area. The school is divided into two divisions of similar size: the Lower School and the Upper School, which
includes Middle School and High School sections. Total school enrolment is approximately 1200, with 400
students in the High School (Grades 9-12). Forty-five nationalities are found in the student population with 50%
of students coming from mainland Europe. The countries with the largest enrolment are the USA (15%) and the
UK (10%). ISLs mission is to provide an outstanding education in a caring international environment, inspiring
all our students to reach their true potential and to act as responsible participants in a global society.

ACCREDITATION AND MEMBERSHIPS


ISL is accredited by the Council of International Schools and by the Middle States Association of Colleges and
Schools. Memberships are held in the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), the National Association of
Independent Schools (NAIS), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the National
Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC).

SCHOOL CALENDAR
The academic year runs from late August to late June and is divided into three trimesters.
- 1st Trimester: 26 August-27 November, 2nd Trimester: 30 November-11 March, 3rd Trimester: 14 March-22 June.
-

High School Graduation: 4 June 2016.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS DIPLOMAS AWARDED


ISL offers a standards-based university preparatory curriculum leading to the International Baccalaureate (IB)
Diploma or IB Diploma Programme Courses and the ISL High School Diploma.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma


The objectives of the IB are to provide students with a balanced education, to facilitate geographic and cultural
mobility and to promote international understanding through a shared academic experience. The International
Baccalaureate is a rigorous two-year academic programme offered in Grades 11-12 which consists of six subjects,
an extended essay, a Theory of Knowledge course, and a Creativity, Activity and Service component. The successful
completion of these requirements results in the IB Diploma, which is an internationally recognized credential for
university entrance.

IB Diploma Programme Courses


Students who do not opt for the full IB Diploma may elect to sit IB examinations for selected subjects.

ISL High School Diploma


All students must earn a minimum of 23 credits which include the following subjects: English: 4, Mathematics:
4, Social Studies: 3, Science: 3, Modern Languages: 3, other subjects: 6. Each credit comprises the successful
completion of a full years course. In addition, a minimum of 15 hours of community service per year (grade 9-12)
is also required.

UpdatedSeptember2015


GRADE POINT AVERAGE & CLASS RANK POLICY
Class rank and grade point averages (GPA) are not computed because of the transient nature of the ISL community
and diversity of educational backgrounds of students entering the school during the high school years.

ISL GRADING SYSTEM


The ISL grading system complies with the assessment scheme of the criterion-referenced International
Baccalaureate (IB) whereby student performance is measured against specific learning outcomes. IB assessments
are scored from 7 (excellent) to 1 (very poor). Students enrol in courses for the full school year and academic
achievement is evaluated on a trimester basis in November, March and June. Academic credit for high school
diploma purposes is granted for all courses in which the students achievement level ranges from 3 to 7. No credit
is awarded for grades of 1 or 2. Grades are not weighted.

Grade
7
6
5
4
3
2
1

Students Performance
Excellent
Very Good
Good
Satisfactory
Mediocre
Poor (failing)
Very poor (failing)

International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), Grades 9 & 10


Cambridge IGCSE is the worlds most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It is recognised
by leading universities and employers worldwide. ISL currently offers IGCSEs in Mathematics (International and
Additional), Science Double award, English Language and English Literature, Physical Education, French and
German Language (First & Foreign Language), Music and Art. All courses are offered at the extended level at ISL.
Externally graded examinations take place at the end of the course and assessment includes written, oral and
practical work. The courses are designed as preparation for post-16 education, including the International
Baccalaureate Diploma. IGCSEs encourage an inquiry-based approach to student learning, promoting visible
thinking skills, problem solving and intellectual curiosity.

COURSE OFFERINGS
Grades 9 & 10
English Language A & B
English Language Support
French Language A & B
German Language A & B
Mathematics
Science Dual Award
Social Studies
Social Studies in French
Physical Education
Art
elective
SPECIAL
PROGRAMS
Theatre elective
Music elective
Communication & Media elective (Grade 9 only)
Design Technology (Grade 9 only)
Film Studies elective (Grade 10 only)
Health (Grade 10 only)

Grades 11 & 12: All courses offered at both IB Higher


Level (HL) & Standard Level (SL) unless otherwise noted
English A & B
- (Literature or Language & Literature)
French A & B
- (Language & Literature)
French ab-initio (SL only)
German A & B
- (Language & Literature)
Mathematics (HL, SL, Studies)
Physics
Chemistry
Biology
History
Geography
Economics
Sports, Exercise & Health Sciences (SL only)

Business and Management


Visual Arts
Theatre
Music
Film
English as an Additional
Language Support (non-IB)
Physical Education (non-IB)
Additional IB Requirements
Theory of Knowledge
Extended Essay
Creativity, Activity and Service
(CAS)

SPECIAL PROGRAMMES
English Language (Support): Support classes are offered to new English learners.
Sports: Soccer, volleyball, cross-country, basketball, skiing, swimming, track and field, rugby, tennis, baseball,
co-ed softball
Extracurricular Activities: Adventure Racing, Choir, Theatrical Productions, School Newspaper, Symphonic and
Jazz Bands, Yearbook, Yoga, Debate, Student Council, Global Issues Group, Model United Nations Group, Merite
Jeunesse (Duke of Edinburgh Award), Spirit Squad, Business Club, Design & Make Club, Apps for Good.

InternationalSchoolofLuxembourg
36BvdPierreDupong,L1430Luxembourg,Luxembourg
Tel:(+352)260440
Fax:(+352)26044704
website:www.islux.lu

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
DIPLOMA RESULTS 2015
Number of diploma candidates:
Average awarded diploma points:
% of students earning diploma:
% of bilingual diplomas:

SAT RESULTS 2014 & 2015

74
34
92%
20%

Class
of
2014
2015

Total
Students
taking
exams
33
29

Writing
Mean

Critical
Reading
Mean

Math
Mean

565
560

554
574

597
602

70%
38%

DISTRIBUTION OF IB DIPLOMA POINTS


45-36
34%

35-30
30%

29-27
28 %

* Percentage of students for whom English is not their


first language

23-0
8%

ADVANCED PLACEMENT SCORES


2014 & 2015

DISTRIBUTION
OF IB EXAM RESULTS

Number
Average
World
Level
Subject
Candidates

Average

English A Lit
English A Lit

English A L & L

English A L & L
French A L & L
French A L & L
German A L & L
German A L & L

HL
SL
HL
SL
HL
SL
HL
SL

8
5
35

25
5
3
6
4

6.1
5.6
5.3
5.1
5.6
6.0
5.6
5.5

4.7
5.0
5.1
5.2
5.2
5.6
5.5
5.4

English B
French ab initio
French B
French B
German B
German B

SL
SL
HL
SL
HL
SL

1
8
12
30
7
2

6.0
5.3
6.5
5.8
7.0
6.0

5.8
5.0
5.2
4.8
5.7
5.1

Business & Mngt.


Economics
Economics
Geography
Geography
History
History

HL
HL
SL
HL
SL
HL
SL

18
31
7
14
8
19
8

4.7
4.8
5.4
5.5
6.0
5.5
5.7

4.7
5.1
4.6
5.2
4.7
4.8
4.6

Biology
Biology
Chemistry
Chemistry
Physics
Physics

HL
SL
HL
SL
HL
SL

24
12
21
14
14
14

5.2
4.5
5.2
4.7
3.9
4.0

4.3
4.2
4.5
4.0
4.6
4.1

Mathematics
Mathematics
Math Studies

HL
SL
SL

7
52
15

4.7
4.5
5.0

4.4
4.4
4.4

Film
Music
Music
Theatre Arts
Visual Arts
Visual Arts

HL
HL
SL
HL
HL
SL

5
1
1
5
2
2

4.6
4.0
5.0
6.2
4.5
5.5

4.6
4.4
4.4
4.9
4.8
4.5

Score

Subject
German
Language
French
Language
Spanish
Language

19

25

11

Total
Exams
22

42
4

* Note: AP courses are not offered at ISL.

HIGHER EDUCATION DESTINATIONS


Class of 2014
United Kingdom:
Europe:
United States:
Canada:
Other Countries:
Gap Year/Other:

45
11
9
3
3
8

Class of 2015
United Kingdom:
Europe:
United States:
Canada:
Gap Year/Other:

Size Class: 79

Size Class: 74

33
14
14
10
7

UpdatedSeptember2015

UniversityMatriculations (includingUSAacceptances)
Classesof2014&2015

AUSTRIA

TURKEY

InnsbruckUniversity

MiddleEastTechnicalUniversity

UNITEDKINGDOM

BELGIUM
UniversitCatholiquedeLouvain
CollegeofArt&Design
UnitedBusinessInstitutesBrussels

CANADA
DurhamCollegeofArt&Music
McGillUniversity
UniversityofBritishColumbia
UniversityofSherbrooke
UniversityofVictoria

FRANCE
EICAR,theInternationalFilm&TV
School,Paris
InstitutCatholiquedeParis

GERMANY
CharitUniversittsmedizinBerlin
LMUMnchenMedizinischeFakultt
TechnischenUniversitt
Kaiserslautern
RWTHAachenUniversity

IRELAND
UniversityofLimerick

POLAND
PomeranianMedicalUniversity

SWEDEN

KTHRoyalInstituteofTechnology
LundUniversity

THAILAND
MahidolUniversityIntlCollege

THENETHERLANDS
AmsterdamFashionInstitute
AmsterdamUniversityCollege
DelftUniversityofTechnology
ErasmusUniversityRotterdam
HotelschoolTheHague
MaastrichtUniversity&University
CollegeMaastricht
RooseveltAcademy
WebsterUniversity,Leiden

ArtsUniversityofBournemouth
AstonUniversity
BournemouthUniversity
BrunelUniversity
CardiffUniversity
CityUniversityLondon
DurhamUniversity
EdinburghNapierUniversity
GlyndwrUniversity
Goldsmiths,UniversityofLondon
ImperialCollegeLondon
KeeleUniversity
King'sCollegeLondon
KingstonUniversity
LondonSchoolofEconomics
LoughboroughUniversity
MiddlesexUniversity
NottinghamTrentUniversity
PlymouthCollegeofArt
QueenMary,UniversityofLondon
RobertGordonUniversity
RoyalHolloway,UniversityofLondon
SouthamptonSolentUniversity
TheRoyalCentralSchoolofSpeech&
Drama,London
UniversityfortheCreativeArts
UniversityofAberdeen
UniversityofBath
UniversityofBrighton
UniversityofCambridge
UniversityofDerby
UniversityofEastAnglia
UniversityofEdinburgh
UniversityofExeter
UniversityofLeicester
UniversityofNottingham
UniversityofOxford
UniversityofRoehampton
UniversityofSheffield
UniversityofSouthWales
UniversityofSurrey
UniversityofWarwick
UniversityofYork

UNITEDSTATESOFAMERICA
(Matriculationsinbold)
BabsonCollege,MA
BatesCollege,NY
BostonUniversity,MA
BrighamYoungUniversity,UT
ChapmanUniversity,CA
DenisonUniversity,OH
ElonUniversity,NC
FordhamUniversity,NY
GeorgiaInstituteofTechnology,GA
HamiltonCollege,NY
HopeCollege,MI
KansasStateUniversity,KS
LoyolaUniversity,IL
MiamiUniversity,Oxford,OH
NewYorkUniversity,NY
TischSchooloftheArts
NortheasternUniversity,MA
PrincetonUniversity,NJ
PurdueUniversity,IN
TheGeorgeWashingtonUniversity,D.C.
TheUniversityofTexas,Austin,TX
UniversityofAlabama,AL
UniversityofCalifornia,CA
Davis&SanDiego
UniversityofColorado,Boulder,CO
UniversityofDelaware,DE
UniversityofDenver,CL
UniversityofIllinoisatUrbanaChampaign,
IL
UniversityofMassachusettsAmherst,MA
UniversityofMiami,FL
UniversityofNorthTexas,TX
UniversityofOregon,OR
UniversityofPittsburgh,PA
UniversityofTampa,FL
UniversityofTennessee,Knoxville,TN
UniversityofUtah,UT
UniversityofVermont,VT
VirginiaCommonwealthUniversity,VA
WesternWashingtonUniversity,WA
WorcesterPolytechnicInstitute,MA