ere was the college and the university of Rheims. The first school received school children at the age of nine for nine years of schooling. It had inherited
a Latin name from the Middle Ages, we can still read today: "Collegium Bonorum Puerorum Universitatis". The choice of the language is not due to chance, nor
pedantry, because in the middle of the seventeenth century, studies were done entirely in Latin.
ime has spared the old college door, built in the sixteenth century in a classic style of nice aspect, but devoid of any fantasy.
e La Salle studied in this college from 1661 to 1669 (from 10 to 18):
For 5 years, Latin and Greek grammar.
Then rhetoric for 2 years (oratory, debates, plays, poems, discussions - all in Latin)
And 2 years of philosophy (including Aristotle, logic, ethics, botany, mathematics, astronomy and metaphysics).
he lessons were given exclusively in Latin. De La Salle, when he founded schools for the ordinary people of the city, did not retain this language, preferring French.