The ropes of success, to promote access to higher education for disadvantaged high school students

Developed since 2016 at the Montpellier Academy, the program has doubled the number of young beneficiaries, especially in rural areas.

Helping high school students from disadvantaged or isolated backgrounds gain access to higher education, making them want to take courses they did not think they were entitled to, expanding their information on possible directions: this is the purpose of the “cordées de success “. “, a program implemented for several years at the Montpellier Academy.

Launched in 2016, this system has been developed and expanded ever since. “We have doubled the partner schools and higher education centers on these ropes. We started at the university by supporting the most modest fellows. The idea is to provide information, general culture, academic ambition.”stressed a few weeks ago the rector of the Montpellier academy, Sophie Béjean, during a point on the device

which has also spread to rural areas. One hundred academy establishments offer these stringed parties for about 5,300 students. The idea is to look for young people who have real but potential brakes and identify them from 3rd, in college. At the Lycée Philippe Lamour in Nimes, 70 students take part in this system, spread over three years, in collaboration with the University of Nimes. The director, Vincent Lepoint, greets “A beautiful device that is there to bring equity and fight against social determinism. Some students do not have their parents’ address book to discover certain trades and the stringed ones open their eyes to studies that sometimes did not even have heard. “

Visit to the Senate, meeting with Green Peace

These students are invited to talks by researchers or doctoral students of the establishment to present their professions. The ropes also carry them to unsuspected heights: a visit to the Luxembourg Palace on the initiative of Mrs. López, Senator of the Gard, Museum of Resistance, meetings with members of the Green Peace Association to talk about the fight against pollution. “The University of Nimes, our leader, also allows them to discover courses with, for example, a visit to a laboratory, explains Alice Ribeiro, CPE responsible for the project to Philippe Lamour.

This allows projections to be projected and minimized, especially with the testimonies of students who share their experience ”.

“I think it makes our journey easier” As a final year student in Nimes, Sabrina wanted to advance to a BTS in international trade:

“It gave me access to skills and methodologies that I didn’t have, keys to better guidance. It’s enriching for life in society. I think it makes our career easier.” Initially reserved for scholarship holders and neighborhood students who benefit from a city policy, this system has expanded the profile of beneficiaries so that they are not considered stigmatizers and now volunteers can also join. The Lycée Philippe Lamour, which hosts many former university students in priority educational fields, is on average with a 96% high school success rate. “But our role is to help them have a post-high school ambition. supports Vincent Lepoint.

Because the more we help them discover how the system works, the more demanding they become with this system and that gives meaning to their education ”.

Especially because being on the ropes of success is a rewarding element and is taken into account when making decisions on Parcoursup, the post-baccalaureate enrollment platform. The rectory has not yet made an in-depth assessment of these ropes but has observed fewer dropouts among affected students. “There may be bifurcated paths, but the most important thing is to provide motivating levers,”

concludes Sophie Béjean.

Rector’s statements made long before the reservation period linked to the presidential campaign.

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