École Massillon

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École Massillon
Ecole Massillon Quai des Célestins 2.jpg
2 bis quai des Célestins, Paris

Coordinates48°51′07″N 2°21′44″E / 48.85184°N 2.362263°E / 48.85184; 2.362263Coordinates: 48°51′07″N 2°21′44″E / 48.85184°N 2.362263°E / 48.85184; 2.362263
TypePrivate school under contract of association with the State
Motto"L’école n’est pas seulement un lieu de transmission du savoir, elle est aussi un lieu de communication des consciences".
("The school is not only a place of transmission of knowledge, it is also a place of communication of consciousness")
Established10 October 1877 (1877-10-10)
PrincipalL. Genou (2005-2012)
T. Michon (2012-)

The école Massillon is a private educational establishment under contract with the state with 1380 students (in 2015). The establishment is under the control of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri. It is located in the hôtel Fieubet and the Gratry Building, in the 4th arrondissement of Paris.

The establishment bears the name of Jean-Baptiste Massillon (1663-1742), a celebrated orator who gave the funeral oration for Louis XIV. There is also a rue Massillon in the same arrondissement, located on the île de la Cité.

The school[edit]

The teaching covers classes from kindergarten to High School.

The education covers the baccalauréat in general sections: science (S), literature (L) and economic and social(ES). There are 5 classes in each level (5 classes in the 6th, 5 classes in the 5th, etc).

The first classes are 5 in number. There are also two dedicated classes in the S series (S1 and S2), and two dedicated classes in the ES (ES1 and ES2). There is also one class in the L series.

The establishment is twinned with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany) ; it is also a Cambridge exam centre.

The UAI code for the establishment is 0 752 920 S for the college.


The hôtel Fieubet[1] was built by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, between 1676 and 1681, for Gaspard Fieubet, Chancellor of Queen Marie-Thérèse, as part of the former Royal Hotel of Saint-Pol. The hotel was then frequented by Jean de La Fontaine and Madame de Sévigné. The hotel was decorated by Le Sueur and Vicotte.

From 1814 to 1857, the hotel was a sugar refinery.

In 1857, Count Pierre de Lavalette bought the hotel and with architect Jules Gros transformed it into a Baroque Italo-Spanish pastiche, doubling the size of the right wing with sculpted decoration.

At the end of 1872, rue de Turenne, some priests from the Oratory began to educate youth. However, it was only from 10 October 1877 that the école Massillon began. On 3 April 1877, abbé Nouvelle bought the hôtel Fieubet. On 10 October of the same year, the building took its first 150 students[2].

Ranking of the lycée[edit]

In 2016, the lycée was ranked 16th out of 112 at departmental level in terms of teaching quality, and 63rd at national level[3]. The ranking is based on three criteria: the bac results, the proportion of students who obtain their baccalauréat after studying at the establishment for their last two years, and value added (calculated from social origin of the students, their age, and their diploma results) [4].


The école Massillon is rich in cultural and international diversity, and works with numerous associations, including many humanitarian organisations (A.C.K.S.P., Solar Burkina Project...), a student investment club, multilingual debating societies, and educational associations such as a theatre club run by Xavier Maly as well as a chess club which in 2011 won a student tournament.


Primary school : 310 students.
College : 580 students.
Lycée : 400 students.
Total : 1290

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There is also another school named Massillon in Clermont-Ferrand, which also has classes from kindergarten to high school and also prepares for general baccalaureate.


Other schools run by the Oratorians :

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