The European School, Luxembourg II, also known as ESL2, is a European School, located on the border of the communes of Bertrange and Mamer in Luxembourg. Founded in 2004, the school prioritises, for enrolment purposes, pupils of EU staff based nearby. It is an all-through school, which offers a multilingual, multicultural education to its pupils, leading to the European Baccalaureate as its secondary leaving qualification.
Concomitmant with the multilingual and multicultural ethos and curriculum of the European Schools, both ESL1 and ESL2 are divided into language sections, with both schools having English, French and German sections. In addition to these, ESL2 comprises Czech, Danish, Greek, Italian, and Hungarian sections. Students enrolled in the schools are generally instructed in the language of their respective section. Students must choose from either English, French or German for their second language, which becomes the language of instruction for History and Geography curriculum from the third-year secondary, as well as the optional Economics course available from fourth year. Students are also expected to take a third language upon entering the secondary cycle. Students whose mother-tongue is not covered by a language section, are enrolled in the English, French or German sections, and can opt for their mother-tongue in place of English, French or German studies, respectively. Both ESL1 and ESL2 differ in the languages they provide support for. Pupils enrolling in the European School system in Luxembourg are automatically enrolled in ESL1 if their mother-tongue is either Bulgarian, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, or Swedish. Meanwhile, all pupils of the following mother tongues are automatically enrolled in ESL2: Czech, Danish, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Maltese, Romanian, Slovenian, Slovakian and Croatian. Supplementary Irish language classes are available in both schools for Irish pupils enrolled in the English sections.
Campus and facilities
The school campus, with a capacity of 3,000 students, has a total of six buildings. It has five sport halls and two swimming pools, with at least one of the pools being long. The administrative building houses the 75-metre-long pool, conference rooms, cafeterias, a dining hall, and examination rooms. The campus also houses a "children's hall" that includes a study area, and a crÃ¨che.
Following the school's relocation to its current campus, in June 2012, a protest was organised by some parents of pupils crItical of the extended commuting times for students and parents based in, or with better transport connections to, the school's previous campus in Kirchberg. In 2013 parents reported having to pay 100 extra euros per child for the monthly school bus fee, due to the failure of the Luxembourg government to provide a promised subsidy for students with private sector-employed parents that would offset transport expenses.