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Social atmosphere, variety… Discover out in case your little one is learning in a kind of most popular school or college

The Ministry of National Education has just released unpublished data based on the Social Position Index (IPS). The aim of this indicator, which has not been published until now, is to describe the population groups (more or less favorable environment and social mix) that are educated in schools and universities in France. Decoding and focus on the Montpellier Academy.

Is your child registered in a beneficiary institution? The answer can be found in data published online by the Ministry of National Education in mid-October 2022. New indicators for it Free lunch has used to make them understandable for everyone thanks to two interactive maps. Colleges and schools are ranked by the index of the average social position of the students enrolled in those institutions at the beginning of the 2021 academic year.

Maps of the Colleges and Schools of the Montpellier Academy (by Sophie Wauquiez):

This IPS, between 38 and 179, is calculated taking into account statistics based on the child’s degree, occupation and parental involvement in his or her schooling; the material conditions in which he develops (income, shared room or not, available computer, internet connection, etc.); their cultural environment (number of books in the household, television time, etc.); their cultural practices (extracurricular activities, going to the cinema, concerts, museums, etc.); and his ambition (what he is aiming for as a diploma).

“IPS below 81 shows one of the most disadvantaged environments”

The higher the IPS, “the more the student develops in a family environment conducive to academic success. In general, GPIs below 81 indicate one of the most disadvantaged backgrounds. Symmetrically, an index above 124 indicates a very favorable environment,” explains the Valuation, Forecast and Performance Management in a statement to Midi Libre.

But be careful: the Ministry of National Education and Youth recalls that the IPS is subject to “a certain margin of error” and that “like any synthetic index, it is a simplified summary of reality that cannot be taken on its own, given the complexity of the socio-economic and cultural Situation of the students housed in an institution.”

The DEPP states that the IPS, whose origins date back to 2016, “is used to describe school populations (more or less favorable social environment and social mix) in schools, colleges and high schools, but also to classify schools and to allocate their resources accordingly”. .

How this data ended up online

The social position index data for colleges and schools may never have been published. The Municipal Gazette explains that these indicators have been put online following a decision of the Paris Administrative Court of July 13, 2022. According to the magazine, the Ministry of National Education feared “that the transparency of this information would reinforce the phenomenon of ‘academic avoidance of schools and colleges at the lowest index’.

In France, the college with the highest IPS, 157.6, is the Franco-German college of Buc in the Yvelines. At the bottom of the table we find Gran Man Difou College in Maripasoula, Guyana, with an index of 51.3. Two public bodies. At the Montpellier Academy, the private university Saint-Jean-Baptiste-de-la-Salle in Montpellier, leads this ranking with an IPS of 142.7. Romain-Rolland Public College in Nîmes comes last with an IPS of 56.4.

As Le Parisien notes, at the national level, “private schools and colleges are over-represented in institutions with the highest IPS”.

All school dates (Ministry of Education):

All data on the universities (Ministry of Education):

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