This chapter succinctly presents a study of the lycée experience carried out at the request of the Direction de l’Evaluation et de la Prospective of the French Ministry of Education. The chapter concerns itself with a sociological investigation carried out using findings from groups in eight lycées which were organized hierarchically into a grand lycée of the VIe

district of Paris and Lycée d’Enseignement Professional (LEP) institutions in the Paris suburbs. We have also carried out approximately one hundred interviews with pupils and approximately forty with teachers. This sample is by no means representative but one can consider that it presents a plausible picture of pupils’ experiences.