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Over a three-year period, and within the framework of a challenging academic curriculum and a supportive teacher-student environment, it is the aim of College Saint- Louis to develop the skills and knowledge of its pupils so as to facilitate their transition to college.

Our curriculum conforms with the Swiss Romand Academic Plan, prioritising the two core subjects: Mathematics and French. We also recognise the importance of both English and German in the international context of Geneva. Alongside this, we focus on offering cultural experiences which foster the pupil’s personal development and which encourage an attitude of openness and responsibility towards others.

Our success factors include:

  • a coherent curriculum
  • more than 30 experienced teachers, attentive to each pupil’s needs
  • a small and welcoming structure in an exceptional park-like setting
  • an organisation with a proven record of delivering results

A TYPICAL DAY

Lessons begin at 8.30 am and finish at 3.35 pm.

Our doors open at 7.45 am and the teachers are in the classroom to welcome the pupils between 8.15 am and 8.30 am. Morning classes run from 8.30 am to 12.00 pm.

There is a lunch break from 12.00 pm to 1.10 pm and during this break lunch is served in the two school cafeterias. After lunch, pupils are free to make use of the school grounds and its sports facilities, under the supervision of the teachers.

Afternoon classes commence at 1.10 pm

Supervised study classes are available after school from 3.50 to 4.50 pm.  These are limited to a maximum of 15 pupils and are supervised by teachers who monitor the pupils personal study and help when necessary.

An average week’s study is comprised of 32 teaching periods including 22 core-subject lessons: namely French, Latin/Sciences, German, English and Maths.

SPORT AND ART

Collège Saint-Louis has outstanding outdoor playing fields and a well-equipped indoor sports facility which together, offer the possibility of practising a wide range of sporting activities, from athletics and climbing to rugby and basketball. There are 2 hours of Physical Education per week (for each year group) within the school timetable and regular opportunities to practise sport as an ex-curricular activity.

Many of our pupils take part in the ‘Course de l’Escalade’ and in the annual inter-school ski competition. In Year 10, a week-long ski camp gives pupils the chance to practise skiing, snowboarding and snow-shoeing, as well as developing their understanding of the mountain environment.

The art programme at Saint-Louis offers drawing, painting, sculpture and pottery. Throughout the year, visits to exhibitions enrich the pupil’s own artistic expression in class, and there is an introduction to the world of contemporary art with outings to MAMCO. Visit our blog to find out more about these trips.

Flexibility for pupils gifted in sport, music and art.

We recognise that pupils who practise sport or music at a high level need an adapted school programme to accommodate the demands of pre-professional training. In partnership with parents and the club or music/art school, we adapt the curriculum and the timing of tests and exams to fit in with the individual pupil’s training schedule.

LANGUAGES

Our objective is for each pupil to achieve the highest possible level in German and English.

To this end, there are 5 periods a week of both German and English in Year 9. In Years 10 and 11, there are 4 periods a week of each language.

In Year 11, German classes are split into two levels (advanced and intermediate) to allow for pupils to progress further.

From Year 9, English classes are divided into 3 levels (including an advanced class which offers a suitable challenge for Anglophone pupils). These three levels are retained throughout Years 10 and 11.   In Year 9, Art lessons are also taught in English. Additionally, Collège Saint- Louis prepares pupils for Cambridge exams: Preliminary English Test (PET, level B1) and the First Certificate for Schools (FCE, level B2).

The classics path remains available to pupils at Saint- Louis with a Latin option, and Greek offered as an extra-curricular activity.

Chinese, Arabic and Hebrew are also available as extra-curricular activities.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

At Collège Saint-Louis IT is an increasingly important part of curriculum. Our pupils have regular access to the IT room and are equipped with tablets in Year 10 and Year 11.

Pupils develop their logical reasoning through an introduction to programming and the use of tablets. ‘Dynamic’ Geometry applications give an added dimension to the teaching of maths. Pupils develop their presentation skills through learning to touch-type and becoming familiar with a range of text types.

We ensure a safe and appropriate access to online resources.