Lycée Gaspard Monge – La Chauviniere

Lycée Polyvalent – Nantes

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Monge La Chauvinière High School

Monge La Chauvinière High School

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General presentation

Monge La Chauvinière is an interdisciplinary high school located in Nantes, a large city in the west of France.

It is a high school that welcomes 1250 students from junior/middle school for a 3-year program. The average age at our high schoolers is 15 years old.

In France, all students are educated in junior/middle schools that follow a common curriculum allowing for the acquisition of a set of core skills (Socle commun de compétences), set by the French Ministry of Education.

Being interdisciplinary, Monge La Chauvinière High School prepares its students for two types of degrees. Thus, a great variety of courses are offered in many disciplines.

A few facts:

56 sections (classes)

158 teachers

129 classrooms

4 educational advisers and 15 education assistants

58557 educational materials at the School Library (Centre de documentation et information)

731 computers

5 technical facilities

The City of Nantes

Nantes is on the Loire river and not far from the Atlantic coast. It has, since its origin, been a major trading port city, which is still the case nowadays, considering that the Nantes-Saint-Nazaire metropolis is still France’s primary Atlantic port.

Nominated as a «City of Art and History», it has historical monuments such as the Château des Ducs and a rich past as it was once a slave-trading port. The vibrant cultural life of the city is constantly evolving.

The ancient shipyards on the Ile de Nantes have been replaced by the tourist attractions created by Machines de l’île. Nantes develops and exports its international cultural events such as theFolle Journée de Nantes – a classical music festival. It is the sixth largest French city thanks to its demographic and economic growth.

Even though it went through a period of deindustralization and the majority of its residents work in the tertiary/service sector, Nantes is still famous for its industries such as LU ( a biscuit factory).

Nantes is also a student city where post-secondary education opportunities abound. Finally, the city of Nantes has been involved in renewable and sustainable energy development. Thanks to its efforts, it was awarded the “Green Capital of Europe” distinction in 2013.

General and technological education

Monge La Chauvinière High School offers various three-year A-levels/High School diplomas necessary for pursuing post-secondary education.

  • During the first year of secondary school, the students take the following courses:

  • A set of core skills (French as a native language, Mathematics, History and Geography, Physics and Chemistry, Biology and Earth Sciences, two foreign languages, Physical Education)

  • Elective courses (3 are offered but 2 are compulsory)

  • Students either choose:

A general track composed of three different paths.

-The literary path, based on the general knowledge of Literature, Languages, Philosophy, History and Geography.

-The scientific path to acquire knowledge of the fundamentals of science, methods of scientific reasoning and to develop an analytical mind. Students can specialize in Biology or Engineering.

-The social sciences and economics path, based on understanding the contemporary world from a economic, social and historical point of view.

A vocational track where the teaching methods are based on trade skills and group work.

You can specialize in two technological fields:

– Industrial and sustainable development

– Laboratory Sciences

The professional (vocational) education fields

  • Our high school offers 4 professional diplomas:

A vocational certificate (called CAP in French): a two-year course to master the first level of professional skills

A vocational baccalaureate (called le Baccalauréat Professionel in French): a three-year course to graduate as a qualified technician

The qualified technician certificate (called le Brevet de technicien supérieur in French): a two-year post graduate course taken after the GCSEs

A one-year professional license (called la licence professionnelle in French) taken after the qualified technician certificate course.

  • The professional school specializes in 3 general educational fields:

Energy: This domains consists of heating and cooling systems as well as air conditioning and treatment.

The Climate Control (heating, cooling and air treatment) qualified technician certificate

The Climate Control Maintenance qualified technician certificate

Electronic Communication Systems qualified technician certificate

The home automation specialized in climate control management and thermal engineering qualified technician certificate

The home automation specialized in climate control qualified technician certificate

The Industrial refrigeration and air conditioning three-year license – in partner with the University of Nantes.

Automobiles: This domain consists of repairing, mechanics and car body works

Vehicle Maintenance certificate

Car body repairing certificate

Car body painting certificate

Vehicle Maintenance qualified technician certificate

Car body repairing qualified technician certificate

Car body design and construction qualified technician certificate


Systems Maintenance specializing in production Certificate

Systems Maintenance specializing in fluid and energy Certificate as an apprentice

Systems Maintenance specializing in wind energies Certificate as an apprentice

Presentation of the maintenance

Presentation brochure of the maintenance

The High School’s student life

Our 4 educational advisers and their team of 15 education assistants ensure the individual as well as the collective well-being of our students – absences, late arrivals, attitude, work, personal problems, class councils, academic counseling , etc.. They do so in association with the teaching community: the Head/Principal, the teachers, the nurses, the social workers, the school psychologists and their parents.

The boarding school

With a capacity of 200 residents, it actually welcomes about 130 students from all levels (2nde to Terminale) and both branches (professional and general school) but also post-secondary students from BTS (a two-year course). Students live and work in rooms of four people. They have access to monitored study rooms and a recreation room where they can engage in various activities.

The High School Café

It is a welcoming space where one can relax. Students can play pool, table football/foosball, a TV set, board games, newspapers and music. It is also a place to discuss and plan new projects.

Associations and Student council

La maison des lycéens (the Student House)

It is 1901 association created to promote the cultural and educational development in the high school.It is presided over by both a teacher and a student. It supports various clubs (music, chess, Russian, the school newspaper club) as well as finances field trips.

The Student Council

It is composed of 10 student representatives under the supervision of the Head/Principal. They attend the Council meetings. Here are a few CVL projects: AIDS Awareness Day, Christmas fancy dress party, class photos, final year prom, and the high school’s end of year celebration.

Educational programming

  • Our High School is open to the international community:

We provide:

– Mathematics in English with a trip to Wales at the end of the year

– Educational exchanges with Germany (Michelbach and Lübeck) and the Czech Republic (Decin)

  • Educational Trips to Spain (Barcelona)

  • Charitable professional exchange with Cambodia along with our Erasmus + programme

  • Our High School is oriented towards the scientific world:

Students can do research projects and implement advanced techniques within a true scientific setting. We offer two workshops: one is dedicated to genetics and biodiversity the other to astrophysics. Researchers regularly hold conferences in our high school.

We also provide a class dedicated to neurological sciences within which we combine the understanding of neurophysiology and educational sciences.

  • Our High School also provides cultural projects:

LAC (Lycéens au cinéma) is a school programme that allows students to discover films at the cinema. The showings are reserved for classes that have enrolled in the programme. Teachers and guest speakers provide educational commentary about the films.

The PILP is an annual literary award for students. It focuses on a selection of 10 novels published within the year by small publishing houses. Many high schools in Nantes participate in the contest and teaching staff facilitates meetings with the authors. They vote for the laureate in May.