PRESENTATION

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 9 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.

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 grades 18th October approx.
Half term holiday Wednesday 18th October 5pm to Monday 30st October 8:15am
First term report 20th December approx.
Christmas holiday Wednesday 20th December 12am to Monday 8th January 8:15am
Half term holiday Friday 16th February 5pm to Monday 26th February 8:15am
Second term report 28th March approx.
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
End of year report 21st June approx.
End of school year Friday 21st June 11am
Summer Camp 8th to 20th July
Classes start Monday 19th August 2023 (Boarding school opens Sunday 18th August from 2pm)

   
   

GENERAL INFORMATION

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

Primary Classes

(from 9 years old)

Classes

Our establishment accepts children in their last two years of primary, known in Geneva as 7P and 8P Harmos, and in France as CM1 and CM2 (Year 5 and 6 in UK system and 4th and 5th grade in USA).

SECONDARY

Classes

We follow the Swiss programmes known as 9ème R3, 10ème R3, and 11ème LS, which correspond to the three-year lower secondary Genevan system. These classes are also referred to as 6ème, 5ème, and 4ème in our establishment and are the equivalent of 6th to 8th grade in the US and years 7 to 9 in the UK systems.

 

BACCALAUREATE

Preparation for the French baccalaureate exams (3ème, 2nde, 1ère and terminale classes, the equivalent of Year 10 to 13 in the UK and 9th to 12th grade in the USA)

 

THE FRENCH BACCALAUREATE IS INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED:


le lycee classes baccaThe French baccalaureate is a world-renowned springboard towards successful further education. It opens the doors of all Swiss and foreign universities and schools. It is obtained with an overall pass of 10/20 with a coefficient system and no minimum qualifying grade.

More than a simple diploma, the French baccalaureate develops an analytic mind and an in-depth general culture.

THE NEW BACCALAUREATE FROM 2021:

This reform replaces the different series of baccalaureate (science, economy, literature & arts) with a general programme completed by 3 speciality subjects chosen by the students, and if they wish extra, optional subjects.

So:

  • All baccalaureate students will benefit from the being taught the same basic subjects, guaranteeing the acquisition of fundamental knowledge and the success of each student.
  • Students will choose 3 speciality subjects in which to extend their proficiency in their areas of interest, thereby studying their favourite subjects further and increasing their motivation!
  • Students can increase their results further thanks to optional subjects such as mathematics, Latin, a third foreign language, Arts and Sport.

DAY SCHOOL FEES 2023/2024

French class title Swiss class title USA/UK class title School Year 
(Sep-June)
1st term
(Sep-Dec)
2nd term 
(Jan-March)
3rd term
(Apr - June)
CM1 et CM2 7ème et 8ème Harmos  4th & 5th grade/year 5 & 6 CHF 16,600 CHF 6,640 CHF 4,980 CHF 4,980
6ème 9ème Harmos  6th grade/ year 7 CHF 17,600 CHF 7,040 CHF 5,280 CHF 5,280
5ème 10ème Harmos  7th grade/year 8 CHF 18,600 CHF 7,440 CHF 5,580 CHF 5,580
4ème 11ème Harmos  8th grade/year 9 CHF 19,600 CHF 7,840 CHF 5,880 CHF 5,880
3ème 1ère du collège  9th grade/year 10 CHF 22,000 CHF 8,880 CHF 6,600 CHF 6,600
2nde 2ème du collège  10th grade/ year 11 CHF 22,300 CHF 8,920 CHF 6,690 CHF 6,690
1ère
3ème du collège  11th grade/year12 CHF 24,300 CHF 9,720 CHF 7,290 CHF 7,290
Terminale
4ème du collège  12th grade/year 13 CHF 25,400 CHF 10,160 CHF 7,620 CHF 7,620

* All prices are in Swiss francs (CHF)

DAY SCHOOL FEES 2022/2023

French class title Swiss class title USA/UK class title School Year 
(Sep-June)
1st term
(Sep-Dec)
2nd term 
(Jan-March)
3rd term
(Apr - June)
CM1 et CM2 7ème et 8ème Harmos  4th & 5th grade/year 5 & 6 CHF 15,800 CHF 6,320 CHF 4,740 CHF 4,740
6ème 9ème Harmos  6th grade/ year 7 CHF 16,800 CHF 6,720 CHF 5,040 CHF 5,040
5ème 10ème Harmos  7th grade/year 8 CHF 17,800 CHF 7,120 CHF 5,340 CHF 5,340
4ème 11ème Harmos  8th grade/year 9 CHF 18,800 CHF 7,520 CHF 5,640 CHF 5,640
3ème 1ère du collège  9th grade/year 10 CHF 21,200 CHF 8,480 CHF 6,360 CHF 6,360
2nde 2ème du collège  10th grade/ year 11 CHF 21,500 CHF 8,600 CHF 6,450 CHF 6,450
1ère
3ème du collège  11th grade/year12 CHF 23,500 CHF 9,400 CHF 7,050 CHF 7,050
Terminale
4ème du collège  12th grade/year 13 CHF 24,600 CHF 9,840 CHF 7,380 CHF 7,380

* All prices are in Swiss francs (CHF)

BOARDING HOUSE FEES 2023/2024

School and full boarding fees :

   School Year
(Sep. - June)
 1st term
(Sep. - Dec.)
 2nd term
(Jan - March)
 3rd term
(April - June)
 A. Without weekends:   CHF 43,000 CHF 17,200 CHF 12,900 CHF 12,900
 Temporary stay : CHF 1,500 per week
 Occasional weekend :  CHF 600 per week-end   
Sunday night return :  CHF 2,900 for the school year
 B. With weekends : CHF 56,000 CHF 24,400 CHF 16,800 CHF 16,800
Occasional stay : CHF 2,000 per week  

* All our fees are in Swiss Francs (CHF) All taxes included.

BOARDING HOUSE FEES 2022/2023

School and full boarding fees :

   School Year
(Sep. - June)
 1st term
(Sep. - Dec.)
 2nd term
(Jan - March)
 3rd term
(April - June)
 A. Without weekends:   CHF 41,500 CHF 16,600 CHF 12,450 CHF 12,450
 Temporary stay : CHF 1,500 per week
 Occasional weekend :  CHF 600 per week-end   
Sunday night return :  CHF 2,900 for the school year
 B. With weekends : CHF 52,700 CHF 21,080 CHF 15,810 CHF 15,810
Occasional stay : CHF 2,000 per week  

* All our fees are in Swiss Francs (CHF) All taxes included.

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ACTIVITIES

Below you will find a non-exhaustive list of extra- curricula activities organised by the lycée during a typical school year.

Educational Activities

  • “Dustbin day”: Recycling awareness day in the context of the Eco-Schools label, collection of toys, clothes and medicine for the charity Aide en Raid (all classes)
  • Visits to Geneva university bioscope to study DNA (2nde class), digestion (5ème class) and neuroscience (1er S class)
  • “Clean Up day”: rubbish pick up in nearby forests, parks and riversides (6ème class)Lycée Science Festival: scientific discovery and experiments (classes of 6ème to 3ème)
  • Visit to Geneva university: microbiology experiments (Terminale S class)
  • Visit to Geneva university to study the experimental protocol and changes of states in the physioscope (Primary)
  • Talent week: various student presentations (all classes)
  • French Language Festival: assorted linguistic games (6ème to 3ème classes)
  • World Poetry Day: presentation by poet and singer Pierre Alain and creation and presentation of poems by students 5 Primary to 2nde classes)
  • Visit to Geneva university to study human behaviour in the bioscope (4ème class)
  • Kangaroo maths competition (all classes)
  • Trip to the Salève mountain: biology and geology experiments (1erS class)
  • First Aid training (Primary and 3ème classes)Internet and Plagiarism Awareness campaign (Primary to 3ème classes)
  • Traditional food specialities during Spanish class (4ème to Terminale classes)
  • French and foreign language book club (Primary to 3ème)
  • Penfriend letter exchange with Spanish high school in Barcelona (1er class)
  • Highway code awareness (4ème class)
  • Digestion workshop at University Medical centre (Primary classes)
  • Visit to Geneva university bioscope to study stress and the human body
  • Start-up creation with Graines d’entrepreneurs (3ème class)
  • Eco-Schools cross-disciplinary project: Waste Land, the cycle of hazardous waste (2nde class)
  • Book collection: Eco-Schools whole school project

SPORTS

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These are the sporting activities offered by the lycée during the school year in the course of physical education classes:

 Class 1st term  2nd term
 3rd term
 Primary Cross country running, football, ice skating Hockey and table tennis Obstacle course racing and swimming
 9ème */6ème ** Cross country running, football, ice skating Basketball and table tennis Obstacle course racing and athletics
 10ème*/ 5ème ¨** Cross country running, football or basketball, ice skating Badminton and tchoukball Athletics and circus
 11ème*/4ème** Cross, football or basketball and ice skating Badminton and rugby Athletics and orienteering
3ème** Cross country running, football or ice skating Hockey and volleyball Athletics and orienteering
2nde** Cross country running, football or basketball Badminton Athletics and beach volleyball
1ère ** Mid-distance running Badminton Team sports
Terminale ** Mid-distance running Badminton Bodybuilding

le lycee voyagesSTUDY TRIPS

Every year the lycée organises a multi-field school trip. Aside from the educational and cultural value of such a trip, it is also an unforgettable, enriching experience from a social point of view for the students.

 CLASS THEMES

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For Primary classes

Several activities related to this theme are organised during the school year; a conference by the fire department on avoiding and dealing with fire or accidents, First Aid training, highway code training given by the police service, etc.

ECO-CITIZENSHIP

For the 9ème class (Geneva system) – also referred to as 6ème in the French system (6th grade USA and Year 7 in UK)

Raising awareness about sustainable development, recycling, energy consummation and economy, saving water. The classes take part in Clean Up day and Land Art creation.

Having received and kept the label “Eco-school” since 2018, the lycée organises many activities on this theme for all the students.

NEW TECHNOLOGIES

For the 10ème class (Geneva system) – also referred to as 5ème in the French system (7th grade USA and Year 8 in UK)

The advantages and risks of new technologies; conferences are organised on themes including bullying, the dark web, dangerous sites, plagiarism, copyright law, Internet and social media.

le lycee espace parentsPARENTS AND STUDENTS SECTION

Dear students, dear parents,

From this page you can access your PRONOTE account as well as the various sites created by our teachers and the school. You can follow our current events through the lycée’s official Facebook page.

 

HOLIDAYS 2022 - 2023

 

Boarding school opens Sunday 28th August from 2pm
Classes start Monday 29th August 8:15am
“Jeûne genevois” bank holiday Thursday 8th September
Mid-term grades 19th October approx.
Half term holiday Wednesday 19th October 5pm to Monday 31st October 8:15am
First term report 21st December approx.
Christmas holiday Wednesday 21st December 12am to Monday 9th January 8:15am
Half term holiday Friday 17th February 5pm to Monday 27th February 8:15am
Second term report 7th April approx.
Easter holiday Thursday 6th April 5pm to Monday 24th April 8:15am
Labour Day bank holiday Monday 1st May
Ascension holiday Wednesday 17th May 5pm to Monday 22nd May 8:15am
Pentecost (Whit Monday) Monday 29th May
End of year report 23rd June approx.
End of school year Friday 23rd June 11am
Summer Camp 10th to 21st July
Classes start Monday 28th August 2023 (Boarding school opens Sunday 27th August from 2pm)

LYCEE RODOLPHE TÖPFFER

 

Reception/Secretary
21, Avenue Eugène Pittard
1206 Geneva
Tél : +41-22-703.51.20
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 Switzerland

The lycée is located close to public transport networks. (http://www.tpg.ch)

In the residential neighbourhood of Florissant, Geneva, between the town centre and the countryside, the lycée is situated in a calm, beautiful area, perfect for studying. Several bus lines pass close to the school, including the 8 (Station- Veyrier) and 21 (Station/Eaux Vives direction).

The lycée also organises school transport with its own minibuses from Hermance (passing by Vésenaz and the Eaux Vives station).

 

 


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