Lycée Rodolphe Töpffer is a French lycée that was founded in Geneva in 1954. It is a cosmopolitan establishment that welcomes approximately 220 students aged from 10 years old and over to our day and boarding school. Along with our experienced approachable staff we form a motivated, dynamic team. The family-like environment enables us to accompany students in a personalised setting, taking into account both present needs and future aspirations.

Educational Objectives

Our students are fully prepared for:

  • entry into the Genevan junior high school (cycle d’orientation).
  • entry into the Genevan high school (collège), engineering schools, art schools, business schools, etc.
  • the French baccalaureate, which enables entry into all Swiss and foreign universities
  • Foreign language assessment including Cambridge, TOEFL, IELTS, Goethe-Institut, DELE, etc.

Both dynamic and demanding, lycée Töpffer aims to offer its students high quality teaching support, a thorough learning programme and solid learning methodology. Personal growth and academic success are the cornerstones of our teaching and philosophy.

The staff of Lycée Rodolphe Töpffer




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Joseph Gabioud

President of the Groupement Suisse
des Internats privés

David Dumoulin
Deputy principal

Maya Gabioud
Financial director




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Anne Gabioud
Doyenne and responsible for Junior high school pedagogy



Cédric Magnin
Doyen of high school

Delphine Planes
Doyenne of Primary section





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Marie-Line Druel
Head of pastoral care



Pascal Gault
Responsible for Quality control


Sihame Chaib
Head of boarding school





School equipment

le lycee fornituresAt the start of the school year each student must bring the following equipment: a school bag, homework diary, complete pencil case, coloured pencils (small box), compass, simple calculator (until class of 3ème and afterwards a Texas Instrument TI-83 CE PYTHON edition), ruler, set square, protractor, A4 squared paper. We recommend students use medium width A4 ring binder with two rings (as opposed to four), with coloured dividers and plastic sleeves. Each teacher will also give students a list of specific equipment depending on their subject.

  • Textbooks will be given out during the first few days of term. The invoice for books, along with a flat rate for photocopies and educational material will be sent to parents.
  • Primary students will receive a separate list of necessary equipment.
  • The students have lockers assigned nominatively by the school assistant, all they have to do is bring a padlock.

Daily timetable

 (*concerns the boarding house):

7am/7:15* Wake up and breakfast
8:15am Lessons start (each lesson lasts 50 minutes)
10am-10:15am Morning break and snack
12-1:05pm Lunch break
1:05pm Lessons start
3:50pm- 4pm Afternoon break and snack
4pm – 5pm Study hall monitored by teachers
6:45pm* Evening meal
7:30-9pm* Study hall monitored by teachers or school trips and visits
10:15pm* Bedtime

NOTICE: The daily timetable may be altered depending on individual or class timetable

HOLIDAYS 2023 - 2024

Boarding school opens Sunday 27th August from 2pm
Classes start Monday 28th August 8:15am
“Jeûne genevois” bank holiday Thursday 7th September
Mid-term grade average reports 5th grade to 9th grade Around the 18th October
Half term holiday Wednesday 18th October 5pm to Monday 30st October 8:15am
Mid-semester average grade reports (10th grade to 12th grade) Around the 8th November
First term reports 5th grade to 9th grade Around the 20th December
Christmas holiday Wednesday 20th December 12am to Monday 8th January 8:15am
First semester reports 10th grade to 12th grade Aaround the 19th January
Half term holiday Friday 16th February 5pm to Monday 26th February 8:15am
Second term reports 5th grade to 9th grade Around the 28th March
Mid-semester average grade reports (10th grade to 12th grade) Around the 28th March
Easter holiday Thursday 28th march 5pm to Monday 15th April 8:15am
Labour Day bank holiday Wednesday 1st May
Ascension holiday Wednesday 8th May 5pm to Monday 13nd May 8:15am
Pentecost (Whit Monday) Monday 20th May
Third term reports 5th grade to 9th grade Around the 21st June 
Second semester reports 10th grade to 12th grade Around the 21st June
Fin de l'année scolaire Friday 21st June 11am

Primary Classe

(from 10 years old)


Our establishment accepts children in their last year of primary, known in Geneva as 8P Harmos, and in France as CM2 (Year 6 in UK system and 5th grade in USA).