School equipment

At 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.

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

Weekly timetable

Academic Organisation

In order to closely follow the progress made by each student, various evaluations are frequently organised throughout the school year. These evaluations may be:
-formative or self-evaluating, to identify skills acquired and to assess areas that need extra help.
-summative evaluations that validate learning acquisition in relation to educational and career options.

A mid-term report is sent to parents in October and at the end of every term families receive a detailed report containing the grade averages of every subject along with a comment from each teacher. A general comment relating to work, results and behaviour is written by the class teacher. Parents can consult results and homework online at any time using our Pronote intranet program and parent-teacher meetings are organised yearly. The class teacher follows closely the academic progression of students in their class and helps in the elaboration of an individualised educational and career project. This tutor-teacher is the preferred contact person for both students and their parents/legal guardians.

Conditions for passing the school year

On a progressive scale from 1 to 20, a general grade average of 12/20 or more is needed to pass into the next class. In the case of an average of between 10/20 and 12/20 the class council (composed of subject teachers, class teachers and representation of the administration board) will decide if a pass by way of derogation can be awarded. In the case of a grade average lower than 10/20 the student cannot pass the year.

School Rules


The Rodolphe Töpffer Lycée is an academic and educational establishment where an attitude of tolerance and respect is expected from everyone. Politeness and respect for others, for the environment, for equipment and belongings are an integral part of the school rules.

Arriving late:

Whatever the reason for a late arrival (alarm clock issues, traffic, etc.) parents must IMMEDIATELY inform the school assistant by phone (022 703 51 23) or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
A maximum of 3 non-justified late arrivals are accepted per term, beyond this an expulsion warning will be given, accompanied by a one-day suspension. A maximum of 3 warnings will be accepted during one school year. The school assistant has the right to give a detention for any non-justified late arrival. In case of a non-justified late arrival, the student must wait until the study hall to re-join his or her class during the next break. By justified we mean explained and excused by parents and/or legal guardians.
The number of late arrivals (justified or non-justified) appears on the school report.


Pre-planned absences can only be requested for serious reasons, in writing, at least three days in advance. Requests must be made to the school administration. All students are expected to have caught up on class and homework upon return to class.

Whatever the reason for an absence (illness, accident, etc.), the school assistant must be informed immediately by phone (022 703 51 23) or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A medical certificate is required to justify any absences during the end of term exams and those that take place on Wednesday/Friday afternoons for the lycée Year 11  to 13 in the UK system, and 10th to 12th grade USA) Without this justification the result of 0/20 must be given by the teacher. Given the nature of continual assesment in the baccalaureate, this is also the case all evaluations for the classes of premier and terminale, moreover every hour of non-justified absence will be sanctioned by one hour of detention on the Friday afternoon. In cases of extended absence the lycée reserves the right to suspend or expel the student concerned.
Parents will be informed by phone of any non-justified absence. Every student must catch up evaluations that take place during their absence, whatever the reason for this absence. Absences are counted in half-days, any amount of time inferior or equal to a half-day will be counted as one half-day and a complete day counts as two absences. The total number of absences (justified or not) features on the school report.

Other Rules:



Sanctions have a role in the educational process. They enable students to understand limits and take both personal responsibility (classwork not carried out for example) and responsibility as part of a larger community (not following community life). Staff will explain the reason behind such sanctions to the students to enable them to understand and learn from their errors. Detentions are exceptional in nature and are thus accorded the importance they deserve.
Whatever the reason for a detention, if a student receives more than three in one week (from Thursday to Thursday) an official warning and a day’s suspension will be given, as is the case if a student does not undertake any detentions given. The third detention will be fined 70,- CHF. The student will be expected to have caught up on missed work including homework before his or her return and will re-sit any evaluations missed during this suspension. A maximum of three warnings are accepted before a definitive expulsion.


Personal homework and study is an integral element of learning and is therefore obligatory.
A student who has been absent should phone his or her “correspondant” (– a classmate chosen at the start of the school year who will collect work for an absent student) and check the online homework diary in order to be up to date upon their return to school.
We ask parents to ensure their child has a calm area and sufficient time available to develop the habit of doing homework with the necessary concentration.
Indeed, parents play an important role in ensuring homework is done correctly; we encourage them to check the homework diary and incite their child to produce neat work to the best of their abilities. We also encourage parents to give positive attention to any school work brought home, this boosts a feeling of pride in work well done that will serve students throughout their schooldays and beyond.

Important evaluations must be signed by the parents or legal tutor of students in every class up to and including the “seconde” (Year 11 in UK, 10th grade USA). These evaluations will be numbered so both parents and students can keep a track of results.

Sports class:

Instilling a drive for exertion and for bettering oneself is one of our pedagogical aims and we count on the support of parents to ensure this in sports class.

Each student must bring the necessary kit including specific sports shoes with non-marking soles. Failure to do so will mean the student must remain in supervised study hall during the two-hour sports lesson. If the student forgets his or her equipment more than once a term, they will receive a detention. If it becomes apparent that a student is purposefully forgetting their kit then a meeting with the parents will be organised to discuss this and find a solution. In all cases, the student must attend the roll call of the sports class. For security reasons the sports hall and changing rooms will remain open, therefore valuable objects (mobile phones, money, etc.…) should remain safely in the student’s locker at school.

Exemption from sports class:

School Transport :

In order to ensure the security of our students we expect the following rules to be adhered to:

These rules apply to all students, whatever their age. The school administration, represented by Maya Gabioud and Joseph Gabioud reserve the right to undertake any sanction deemed necessary in the case non-respect of these rules, with no possibility of appeal.

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