Lycée Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague

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Lycée Saint-Louis de Gonzague
12 rue Benjamin Franklin
Paris, France
Type Catholic, Jesuit
Motto Des hommes et des femmes avec et pour les autres
(Men and women with and for others)
Established 1894; 124 years ago (1894)
Principal Laurent Poupart
Teaching staff 100
Grades ages 10 through 20
Gender coeducational (since 1980)
Enrollment 1260
Nickname Franklinois

The Lycée Saint-Louis de Gonzague ("Franklin"), founded in 1894, is a highly selective Roman Catholic, Jesuit school in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. It is regarded as one of the three most prestigious French independent schools.


The “Petit Externat du Trocadéro” was inaugurated on September 28th, 1894. The last Jesuit school established in the capital, it is the only one remaining after the closing of the colleges on Madrid and Vaugirard streets. It has enlarged little by little through real estate transactions in the immediate neighbourhood. At its inception in 1895 enrollment was 75 in classes 5 through 10. By 1898 enrollment was 220 pupils. Enrollment dropped due to the laws of 1901 but remained open without authorization. By 1920 enrollment reached 885 pupils. In 1920 an alumni association was formed. Anticlerical laws led to lawsuit payments that in 1923 almost led to the sale of Franklin.

On the initiative of its director, Fr. François Berlier de Vauplane, the Franklin Street campus was rebuilt between 1933 and 1935 by the architect Henry Violet. The vault contains a fresco representing the principal episodes in the life of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, the work of Henri de Maistre, prominent French painter of religious art. This contributed to its registration as a historic building in 1993. There are three recreation spaces on the roofs of the buildings, and a table tennis room and gymnasium in basement. During the Second World War manpower fluctuated and classes were held in the cellars at Franklin or Cup streets. In 1942, an elementary school was opened on Louis-David street. By the end of the war in 1945, Franklin counted 1,100 students. Many new courses were added in 1950 and by 1956 the staff numbered about 100. In 1968, Miss de Follin was named director of the elementary school. In 1969, a layperson was named prefect of the college and the number of Jesuits decreased. By 1978 there were 9 Jesuits and 86 lay teachers. In 1980 Franklin began admitting girls. First Lady Designate of France, Brigitte Macron, until recently, taught as a high-school teacher.


The Jesuit school includes

The elementary school is at 15, rue Louis David, while the middle school, high school, and preparatory classes are at 12, rue Benjamin Franklin.[5] Both of these locations are in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.

Academic results[edit]

Saint-Louis de Gonzague School is highly selective, for the academic elite, and regularly ranks among the top 3 high schools in France.

In 2012, the school ranked second nationwide with 64% of students receiving "Mention Très Bien" ("Highest Honors") at the Baccalaureat, [6]the Lycée Henri IV being ranked first.

In 2013, 76% of students received "Mention Très Bien" at the Baccalaureat,[7] (compared to 59% at Lycée Henri IV).[8]

In 2016, a never achieved record number of 92% of the students received the "Mention Très Bien", which placed Saint Louis de Gonzague as the Best school in France.


Saint-Louis de Gonzague School has an impressive list of alumni including a number of French current and former Ministers, P.M., Senators, writers and Top French executives:

The school alumni network is called the "Association des anciens élèves".[9] and it counts more than 14.500 members.

Graduates' destinations[edit]

The majority of students choose to pursue their studies in classes préparatoires such as Lycée Sainte-Geneviève, Collège Stanislas, or Lycée Janson de Sailly. They then usually move on to top French Grande École such as HEC Paris, ESSEC, ESCP (for business and management studies), or École Polytechnique, Centrale Paris (for engineering and science studies). Franklin has also a high rate of admission to Sciences Po Paris, where students follow public policy and social science studies. Students who wish to study law are usually admitted to the Pantheon-Sorbonne University, or for a medical degree they are admitted to the University of Paris V Descartes, both considered the best in France in their field. A few students also go to top international universities in Switzerland (EPFL), Italy (Bocconi), or England (Imperial College, UCL, KCL, LSE).


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  2. ^ "Le collège Saint-Louis de Gonzague." Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague. Retrieved on 23 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Le lycée Saint-Louis de Gonzague." Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague. Retrieved on 23 September 2012
  4. ^ "SAINT-LOUIS DE GONZAGUE". Retrieved 2015-08-09. 
  5. ^ Contacts. Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague. Retrieved on 23 September 2012.
  6. ^ Mention
  7. ^ "SAINT-LOUIS DE GONZAGUE". Archived from the original on 2015-09-18. Retrieved 2015-08-09. 
  8. ^ "Resultats du lycée". Retrieved 2015-08-09. 
  9. ^ "SAINT-LOUIS DE GONZAGUE". Retrieved 2015-08-09. 

Coordinates: 48°51′34″N 2°17′09″E / 48.85944°N 2.28583°E / 48.85944; 2.28583