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The best public classes préparatoires selectively choose the best students around, so whether you're rich or poor is no problem. If you're poor you can even get a scholarship, boarding, etc.

All the other public classes préparatoires take the 2nd best students around (some even can't be too choosy, they only exist for more or less statistical reasons and have limited budgets, which means not so talented teachers, which means not so good results, which means they can't be too choosy ...). Unless you end up lousy during the 1st year, you generally get to stay for the length of the preparation.

The best private classes préparatoires will take the best students around AND some 2nd best students around provided that they can line up the euro bills (with a rare exception to Ste Geneviève -and possibly others I don't know of- which makes you pay a tuition relative to your parents' revenue). If you're not too good at the end of the 1st year, you get kicked out so that the establishment can maintain good results the next year, which is good for their prestige.

All the other private classes préparatoires are not too choosy (even less so than the average public ones). They essentially want students capable of paying, and won't throw anyone away.

by Alex in Toulouse on Sat Mar 25th, 2006 at 03:59:28 PM EST
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