All children and adolescents who live in the city of Lucerne can and must attend school. There are no fees for attending the public schools in Luzern, and school materials are free of charge. Private schools charge tuition. The school year lasts from mid-August through early July of the following year, for approximately 38 weeks, with vacation breaks during Fasnacht, in the spring, summer, fall, and over Christmas. In general, children attend school for 10 to 11 years.
+ School year and vacation schedule with contact list Lucerne Public Schools
2 years (1 year compulsory)
3 years with levels of study
|Elementary level 3-5 years|| |
The public school system programs consist of kindergarten; basic-level class; primary and secondary school, educational assistance, and supplementary supervision for kindergarten and primary-school children. Kindergarten
The kindergarten is an environment for experiencing and learning, whereby play is central in all learning activities. The city of Lucerne offers 2-year, mixed-age kindergarten or basic-level classes at the various school facilities. Children are entitled to attend kindergarten for two years; one year is compulsory. Admission is possible twice a year, in February or August. Children who have completed their fifth year before November 1st must begin the mandatory kindergarten or basic-level period in August of that year; children who are a year younger can begin the voluntary kindergarten year in August or February.
Children attend kindergarten or basic-level classes on five mornings per week during core times from 8:15-11:45 a.m. The parents and teacher decide together when the child will transfer from kindergarten or the basic-level class to primary school. Primary School
Children enter the first grade after kindergarten, or the third grade after the basic-level program. The primary-school curriculum lasts for 6 years. Instruction occurs during core times from 8:15 to 11:45 a.m. daily and on two to three afternoons per week from 1:45 until 4:20 p.m. at the latest. The transition process to the secondary-school level (Sekundarschule or long-term Gymnasium) begins in the fifth grade. The parents, teacher and child determine together, according to the child's abilities, which school he or she will attend after the sixth grade. Secondary School (Sekundarschule)
Sekundarschule will prepare the child for entry into vocational training, an additional school, or the short-term Gymnasium. There are different levels of instruction (A, B, C). The curriculum lasts for 3 years; the transfer to the short-term Gymnasium occurs after the second or third year.
Information on transferring to a short-term Gymnasium or technical high school can be found here:
+ Admission procedures
A variety of vocational or academic options are available to the young person following completion of the public school program
. The educational system is freely accessible, and there are many pathways to a career. You can find detailed information on the educational system in the canton of Luzern in different languages here:
+ Dienststelle Volksschulbildung
+ Dienststelle Berufs- und Weiterbildung
The music school
is not a part of the compulsory public school program. Application for this optional program can be made at the Lucerne City Music School, which charges tuition.
+ Music school