The "Sections d'Enseignement Général et Professionnel Adapté (Segpa)" are classes designed for special needs students, provided by mainstream lower secondary institutions. Most students face major social issues or learning issues.
Segpa classes have been created in 1996 as substitutes for classes designed for special needs pupils (Sections d'Education Spécialisées, SES). Since 2007, as mentions the act 2006-139, Segpa has provided education to pupils with severe learning issues that previous school supports did not fix. Segpa classes have at least four levels of lower secondary education (from "sixième" to "troisième").