(Rodolphe Töpffer)

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:

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.

In the footsteps of Rodolphe Töpffer

The humanist educator, Joseph Gabioud senior, founded his school in 1954, naming it after the illustrious Rodolphe Töpffer (1799-1846). This Genevan writer and artist was also a school teacher whose pedagogical approach is reflected our own beliefs:

a traditional and structured teaching approach
a friendly, family-like atmosphere which enables personalised support for each student according to his or her present needs and future aspirations
the importance of academic progress as well as thriving through curiosity, an analytic mind and creativity
frequent sporting and cultural activities

Since 1992 the school has been run by Joseph Gabioud junior, combining tradition and modernity in a constant quest for pedagogical and technological improvements.

“Nothing is as common as methods, nothing as rare as conscience.”
(R. Töpffer)

A growth mindset is essential; rather than being restricted by rigid methodology, we believe in following the rhythm of each student’s progress in an individual manner. Gifted and talented students choose the lycée Rodolphe Töpffer for our experienced teaching staff who are well trained in differentiated education, which prioritises the interest of the student. The pleasant setting, small class sizes, wide range of subjects and many extra-curricular activities promote personal growth and give meaning to learning.

“To love school today is to love life tomorrow”
(R. Töpffer)

Here at lycée Töpffer we do all we can to stimulate curiosity and foster a desire for learning in a motivating context. Beyond simply providing results, the work undertaken by students enables the development of a solid and extensive base in general knowledge.

The staff of Lycée Rodolphe Töpffer

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Assistant Director

Anne GabioudAnne GABIOUD

Deputee principal
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David DumoulinDavid DUMOULIN

Primairy classes dean

Delphine PlanesDelphine PLANES

Senior education

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Internship manager

Aurelie DonneAurélie DONNE

Administrative and
financial director

Maya GabioudMaya GABIOUD

Our educational objectives

Our educational priorities are:

In order to attain these objectives, which are inseparable from academic success, the lycée ensures:

Our classes and curricula

The lycée Töpffer follows the official Genevan school programmes up to the end of obligatory schooling, then the official French school programmes until the baccalaureate (high school diploma).

The primary section:

We accept children in the last two years of primary school, i.e. 7P and 8P Harmos in the Swiss system, or CM1 and CM2 in the French system (the equivalent of Year 5 and 6 in the English system and 4th and 5th grades in the USA).

The lower secondary section:

We follow the programmes of the Swiss system (known as 9ème, R3, 10ème and 11ème LS), which correspond to the three years of junior high school in Geneva (known as Cycle d’Orientation). These classes are also referred to as 6ème, 5ème and 4ème, which correspond to the French system (Years 7, 8, and 9 in the UK and 6th, 7th and 8th grades in the USA).

The upper secondary section:

Students are prepared for the French baccalaureate for four years in classes called “3ème, 2de, 1ère and terminale” (Years 10 to 13 in the UK and 9th to 12th grade in the USA).

Lessons and optional classes

French, German, English, Spanish, Italian, Latin, maths, physics, chemistry, biology, history, geography, philosophy, economy, I.T., sport and physical education. The lycée is well equipped, especially for science subjects in our laboratory. The classrooms are equipped with beamers, tablets, and interactive whiteboards, etc. The material in the computer room (which is also used as a language laboratory) is regularly updated. There is also a library for students’ use.

Summer Camp

For French speaking or non-French speaking students: morning refresher classes (French, maths), and intensive language courses (French, German and English) with varied sporting and cultural activities in the afternoon.


One of the criteria for stimulation and academic success is finding oneself in a homogeneous group. In order to ensure the perfect fit when registering new students, we study the latest school reports and may ask the student to sit an entrance exam where necessary.
The lycée is not designed to help students with difficulties to catch up. Rather than seeing this policy as a selection, these entrance conditions should be considered a guarantee of the successful acclimatization into a new class and of future academic success.


For any information or registration, please contact the administration:

Joseph Gabioud, principal
Lycée Rodolphe Töpffer
21, avenue Eugène Pittard
1206 Geneva, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 703 51 20
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