Lycée Saint-Louis

The lycée Saint-Louis is a post-secondary school located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, in the Latin Quarter. It is the only public French lycée exclusively dedicated to classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles (CPGE, the preparatory classes for the Grandes Écoles such as Ecole Polytechnique, CentraleSupelec, ESSEC Business School or HEC Paris). It is known for the quality of its teaching and the results it achieves in their intensely competitive entrance examinations (concours). It is widely regarded as one of the best preparatory class in France and one of the most elitist and prestigious along with its neighbours Lycée Henri IV or Lycée Louis-Le-Grand.

Main entrance of the Lycée Saint-Louis, Paris VIe, one of the most famous lycée preparing to the grandes écoles.

It is one of a very small group of secondary schools worldwide that can claim to have educated four or more Nobel laureates.

History: the Collège d'HarcourtEdit

Until 1820, the lycée Saint-Louis was named Collège d'Harcourt.[1] (Latin: Collegio Harcuriano) At the time of its founding it was meant to be a residence for students of the University of Paris. The Collège d'Harcourt was founded in 1280 by Robert and Raoul d'Harcourt to offer food and lodgings to some forty impoverished students. It was not originally a teaching establishment, but this became an increasingly important part of its function over the years.

In the 18th century, it was a stronghold of Jansenists and produced several of the philosophes and Encyclopédistes.

The original building was demolished in 1795 and the present one erected on its site in 1814.

In the course of the 19th century, the lycée was successively a prison, barracks and reformatory.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ the history is given in H.L. Bouquet, L'anciencollège d'Harcourt et le lycée Saint-Louis, Paris, 1891.


  • L'ancien collège d'Harcourt et le lycée Saint-Louis, Bouquet, H.L., Paris, Delalin frères, 1891.
  • Du collège d'Harcourt, 1280, au lycée Saint-Louis, 1980, Fusellier, E., Euvrard, M., Paris, A.P.E. du lycée Saint-Louis, 1980.
  • Septième centenaire !, Humblot, H., in Bulletin d'information de L'association des parents d'élèves du lycée Saint-Louis. 1978/1979.

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Coordinates: 48°50′57″N 2°20′30″E / 48.84917°N 2.34167°E / 48.84917; 2.34167