Collège Stanislas de Paris
|Collège Stanislas de Paris|
The building preparatory classes courtyard side
|22 rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs
The Collège Stanislas de Paris (French pronunciation: [lə kɔlɛːʒ stanislas də paʁi], in English: the "Stanislas High School in Paris") is a private Catholic school in Paris, situated on "Rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs" in the 6th arrondissement. It has approximately 3,000 students, from preschool to classes préparatoires (classes to prepare students for entrance to the elite Grandes écoles such as Ecole Polytechnique, Centrale Paris, ESSEC Business school or HEC Paris), and is the largest private school in France. Stanislas is one of the most prestigious French schools (3rd in 2011).
Founded in 1804 by Father Claude Liautard, the Collège has both traditional buildings and modern constructions. Under contract with the French government, it offers curricula identical to those of public education, also offering religious education on specific days - originally Wednesdays, since the Jules Ferry Laws of 1882, but now Saturdays. In 1822, its formal name was declared, after the Polish King Stanisław Leszczyński, the great-grandfather of the King of France Louis XVIII, whose second forename was "Stanislas".
Since 1903 Collège has been the property of a S.A. corporation founded by former alumni. As of 2002, the school's director is Daniel Chapellier.
Private education in France was indirectly, yet deeply, affected by the strong anti-clerical movement that inspired French politicians throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, beginning with the Concordat of 1801. As a result, the Collège almost disappeared but ultimately was kept open by the efforts of former alumni. Even today, it remains isolated from Paris' foremost public Lycées, although Stanislas' "Classes Préparatoires" ultimately leads its students to the same Grandes Écoles as its rivals.
In 2003, the school was rocked by a scandal when one of the student deans was sentenced to 7 years in prison for attempting rape on a minor during one of the school's outings. During the trials, several former students of the school testified that they had been sexually assaulted by the dean, but the assaults did not lead to criminal prosecutions because of statute of limitations.
The Collège Stanislas has been criticized as being sexist because its dorm rooms are strictly reserved for male students.
The following are notable people associated with Collège Stanislas de Paris. If the person was a Collège Stanislas de Paris student, the number in parentheses indicates the year of graduation (if known); if the person was a faculty or staff member, that person's title and years of association are included. See also : fr:Liste d'anciens élèves du Collège Stanislas de Paris
- General Charles de Gaulle, President of the French Republic
- Jean Bernard Léon Foucault (1819-1868), scientist of Foucault's pendulum fame
- King Alfonso XII of Spain
- Albert I, Prince of Monaco
- Louis II, Prince of Monaco
- King Charles Albert of Sardinia
- Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia
- Prince Philippe, Duke of Orléans
- Prince Henri of Orléans
- Prince Luiz of Orléans-Braganza
- Roger Frey, President of the Constitutional Council of France
- Maurice Bourgès-Maunoury, Prime Minister of France
- Auguste Champetier de Ribes, President of the Council of the Republic of France
- Jacques Cousteau
- Edmond Rostand
- Anatole France, Nobel Prize
- Claude Simon, Nobel Prize
- Christian Dior
- Francis Bouygues
- Gilles Perrault
- Georges Guynemer
- Jacques Lacan
- Marcel L'Herbier
- Marc Sangnier
- Carlos Ghosn
- Alain Soral
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