The educational plan of the maisons d’éducation of the Legion of Honor aspires to form young girls in step with their time, and to prepare them to a life in keeping with the moral values of the Institution.
« Making pupils autonomous, ensuring they live a dignified and independent existence »: the mission bequeathed by Napoleon more than two centuries ago is still topical. To this day, the educational program pursues two priorities: the transmission of knowledge and personal development.
In a spirit of high standards and benevolence, the two schools implement educational methods that encourage personal reflection and autonomy as well as intellectual openness, through a variety of cultural excursions and extracurricular activities.
The development of judgment and access to critical thinking are fostered. Pupils are expected to be dedicated to their studies.
Great attention is given to promoting multidisciplinary synergy, so as to create an environment that is beneficial to intellectual development and to making the students active participants in their training.
The girls’ motivation for scientific studies is also encouraged. They are provided with the most advanced technological resources to help them develop their interest in scientific and technical culture.
Artistic and musical culture
The maisons d’éducation possess a long-standing tradition of teaching music and the visual arts, practiced with a view to forging the students’ esthetic taste, to encourage them to surpass themselves and to learn the pleasure of creativity.
The music classes offered at Les Loges are highly appreciated for the quality and variety of the instruction. Nearly half of the schoolgirls learn how to play an instrument. In Saint-Denis, 150 students take music and singing lessons. They give concerts once a year in honor of the French President and on various occasions for the Grand Chancellor, as well as performances outside school.
The visual arts also hold a special place in the curriculum, as do theater and dance. In Saint-Denis, the architectural setting contributes to the unfolding of esthetic awareness.
The maisons d’éducation strive to hand down a sense of transcending one’s own abilities in the spirit of the values of the Legion of Honor: high standards, individual merit, self-esteem and respect for others.
The education provided aims to develop an appreciation for hard work, fruitful involvement and emulation.
Fostering independence, encouraging initiative, a sense of responsibility and developing creativity form the foundation of the educational enterprise.
Solidarity among students
At the same time, the solidarity that governs student relations is seen as a major factor for self-development and success. The years spent together as boarders favor a feeling of belonging, giving rise to long-lasting friendships and reinforcing mutual support.
Mutual assistance, a respect for differences, attention for others and the notion of the common good are living principles experienced daily. In certain subjects, a buddy system is used to pair up the strongest and weakest and teach them teamwork.
Openness to the world
Openness to the world outside is one of the priorities of the maisons d’éducation.
Trips abroad are organized regularly (Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Unites States, Senegal, China, etc.), notably as academic exchanges with schools that share the same educational approach.
These exchanges foster the students’ awareness of the values that have been handed down to them and that they are in turn expected to pass on.
Duty of remembrance
The duty of commemoration features among the essential objectives of the schools. Studying the past and its historical figures is indispensable for the young generations to develop an informed interest in history.
Through work involving the past, these young women, whose presence in the maisons d’éducation is due to filial ties and parental merit, are constantly reminded of this precept.
A sense of civic service is also cultivated through participation in a number of official ceremonies at which they represent the Institution.