Lycée Condorcet

The Lycée Condorcet (French: [lise kɔ̃dɔʁsɛ]) is a school founded in 1803 in Paris, France, located at 8, rue du Havre, in the city's 9th arrondissement. It is one of the four oldest high schools in Paris and also one of the most prestigious. Since its inception, various political eras have seen it given a number of different names, but its identity today honors the memory of the Marquis de Condorcet. The school provides secondary education as part of the French education system. Henri Bergson, Horace Finaly, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Marcel Proust, Francis Poulenc and Paul Verlaine are some of the students who attended the Lycée Condorcet.

Lycée Condorcet
Entrée du Lycée Bonaparte, ci-devant Cloître du Capucins, Rue Ste. Croix Chaussée d'Antin.jpg
1808 engraving of the Lycée's entrance
8 rue du Havre

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School typePublic school, Secondary education, Higher School Preparatory Classes
Established10 September 1803; 217 years ago (1803-09-10)
School district9th arrondissement of Paris
AuthorityAcadémie de Paris
HeadmasterPatrick ROUIL
Staff86 (in 2007)
Number of students~1000 students
Color(s)  Condorcet Red
Graduates100% (2019)
Foreign languagesEnglish, German, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Ancient Greek

Some of the school's famous teachers include Jean Beaufret, Paul Bénichou, Jean-Marie Guyau, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Stéphane Mallarmé.


1903 painting of the lycée entrance

During the greater part of the nineteenth century, the school was the "great Liberal High School" on the right bank with its relatively flexible regime that was chosen by the progressive bourgeoisie for its sons. It is among the few schools in Paris that never had students as boarders: students who were not living with their parents worked, ate and slept in the neighbourhood via a network of "maitres de pension". The mix has gradually emerged in 1924 for preparatory classes for the grandes écoles, and 1975 for secondary classes.

Over the course of its history the school has changed name several times:

  • Lycée de la Chaussée d’Antin (1804)
  • Lycée impérial Bonaparte (1805 – 1814)
  • Collège royal de Bourbon (July 1815 – February 1848)
  • Lycée impérial Bonaparte (1848 – 1870)
  • Lycée Condorcet (22 October 1870 – 1874)
  • Lycée Fontane (1 May 1874 – 27 January 1883)
  • Lycée Condorcet (since 1883)

Preparatory classes are also very old and were treated to famous teachers such as Jean-Paul Sartre.


Reputation and rankingsEdit

School Rankings
Name Academy of Paris National
Le Figaro Étudiant[1] (2020) 6 9
L'Internaute[2] · [3] (2020) 4 5
L'Express[4] (2019) 8 17

Notable teachersEdit

Condorcet's faculty in 1882.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Classements du Figaro Etudiant 2020" (in French).
  2. ^ "Classement L'internaute" (in French).
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  4. ^ "ARWU ranking 2020" (in French).
  5. ^ Philippe Bouvard, « J’ai découvert la lutte des classes dans la cour de récréation », rubrique « Le bloc-notes », in Le Figaro Magazine, semaine du 17 mai 2013, page 138.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 48°52′29.20″N 2°19′38.36″E / 48.8747778°N 2.3273222°E / 48.8747778; 2.3273222