Lycée Louis le Grand

depuis 1563


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Présentation en anglais


Louis-le-Grand is a state secondary school comprising two distinct sections: a traditional Lycée (900 pupils) and Classes Préparatoires (900 students). The latter prepare candidates over two years for entry to the country’s top centres of Higher Education.

Founded in 1563, Louis-le-Grand is located in the heart of Paris’s Latin Quarter. Rich in history, architecture and culture, this area is home to the oldest and the most prestigious educational establishments in France, such as the Sorbonne and the Collège de France.

Aiming at excellence, Louis-le-Grand plays a leading role in the education of French elites. Numerous former pupils have become statesmen, diplomats, prelates, marshals of France, members of the French Academy, scientists, leaders of business and men and women of letters. "The Jesuit College of Paris", wrote Elie de Beaumont in 1862, "has for long been a nursery for the state, the most fertile in great men". Great literary figures, such as Molière, Voltaire and Victor Hugo studied here. Georges Pompidou, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and Jacques Chirac, all presidents of the Vth Republic, spent some of their school years on the benches of Louis-le-Grand.

Sundials in the Lycée Louis-le-Grand

Ever since its foundation, the Lycée has maintained its tradition of openness to the outside world and at least one tenth of its pupils has always represented ‘the rest of the world’. The education given at Louis-le-Grand is free and open to everyone. Selection is made on personal merit achieved through effort and hard work.

Fame enters not Louis-le-Grand,
but entrance may bring fame.