The Pathway to Success

Clusters of solidarity

The pathway to success refers to partnerships developed between one or several higher education institutions and high schools. These partnerships are realised by the introduction of multiple activities such as mentoring, academic support, cultural support, etc.

Objectives to promote equal opportunities

  • to give high school pupils from priority education zones or from less privileged backgrounds the desire to access higher education and the preparatory classes for the Grandes Écoles

  • to help deserving scholarship students achieve their goals: "to dare to try the preparatory class" and to pass the exams by improving their academic performance and overcoming cultural barriers


At the head of the 21 Pathways to Success, the ParisTech Grandes Écoles are very involved in the operation that was launched in November 2008 by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research.  

Mentoring at the heart of the system

All the Grandes Écoles are driven by the same desire: to provide a benefit shared not only by pupils in upper high schools, preparatory classes, and lower high schools, but also by "mentor" students for their development in view of their future responsibilities.

While the 1st objective of these activities falls within the personal development of the upper/lower high school pupils involved,  a deeper awareness in the field of science and technology is also intended.

Strong partnerships have been made with the Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research, the Secretary of State for urban policy, the Ile-de-France regional council, and with companies.

Beyond mentoring, the ParisTech Grandes Écoles lead activities promoting the diversification of social background of their students and are committed to raising the financial barrier for the most disadvantaged.


Each year:

  • 400 "mentor" students in the ParisTech Grandes Écoles

  • 4,000 upper or lower secondary school students involved


The ParisTech Grandes Écoles