Year 10 OR

There are three main education pathways for students finishing their compulsory education period (ninth or tenth year of education):

1. Preparation courses for entry to university.

2. Preparation courses for entry to école spécialisée (ES, non-university third-level education), or haute école spécialisée (HES, university third-level education).

3. The post-apprenticeship certificat fédéral de capacité qualification (CFC — a certificate in professional competence awarded after an exam or other means of assessment following a three or four year apprenticeship).

It is therefore important to make the right choice.

Each of the three pathways lead to job prospects and opportunities, but also each pose their own challenges and limits. Additionally, with the introduction of HES and Switzerland's compliance with European education standards (The Bologna Process), new pathways are now open but still not well known. In the end, the choice can be determined by poor academic results.

L’École des Buissonnets assists its students in the face of these questions and constraints through the orientation and bridge class (OR - Orientation et Raccordement), providing the missing link by helping students decide on the right pathway for them based on their abilities. Following the orientation period, the bridging role comes into play, by enabling students to gain a Maturité or Baccalauréat certificate in only three years, regardless of what their results were at the end of the compulsory education period.

Add to this that in Valais, students who attend the Les Buissonnets private school following the compulsory education period are entitled to request grants and often receive generous contributions from the state towards their school fees.



The OR year is taken into account no matter what pathway the student chooses, be it the Maturité Gymnasiale or Baccalauréat Français. In practical terms, this means that the student is guaranteed to have their first year of study at l’École des Buissonnets taken into account in the education pathway they end up choosing, and that, for equivalent certificates, this course is no longer than it would be in public schools. The student will also benefit from l’École des Buissonnets’ officially recognised teaching method, meaning that they can expect top-quality teaching and a personalised framework to encourage their success.

Baccalauréat Français

L’École des Buissonnets offers a study programme for preparation for the Baccalauréat Français (French school leaving exam) literary section (L). The programme is set out and the exams are organised by the French Department of National Education. The Baccalauréat exams take place in June each year in a French exam centre near the border. The relations between the Department and GESBF schools (The group of Swiss schools that prepare students for the French Baccalauréat exam), which includes L’École des Buissonnets, are governed by a convention which gives L’École des Buissonnets the status of an educational establishment recognised by the French Department of National Education. Students educated in a GESBF member school therefore are entitled to be treated like French students. Students that gain Baccalauréat certificates with “mention assez bien” (average of 12 or above out of 20) or above are entitled to attend arts, psychology, law, and economics faculties in Switzerland. The Baccalauréat Français is an attractive option for students from the Maturité section who want to undertake a university preparation programme that has fewer science-based sections, or for students who attended business schools, Écoles de Culture Générale (a general studies programme specialising in different areas), or students who have followed the Maturité Professionelle programme (profession-oriented programme), who want to undertake university level studies.


The Baccalauréat Français L section emphasises the literary areas such as philosophy, languages, and literature. If offers a particularly broad choice for languages that can be taken for exams, as well as art, theatre, and music oriented subjects.

L Series

  • French and literature
  • Science
  • Travail personnel encadré (TPE) (a group research project)
  • Literature
  • History and geography
  • Living language 1: German or English or Italian
  • or Spanish or Portuguese
  • Foreign literature in a foreign language
  • Living language 2: German or English or Italian
  • or Spanish or Portuguese
  • Philosophy
  • Exam in specialist subject: Further study in living language 1 or maths
  • Physical and sports education



The Baccalauréat Français is a European certificate that grants access to Swiss universities (under certain conditions) and European universities. Each year, students from Les Buissonnets decide to study in France or elsewhere. The Baccalauréat is therefore a strong alternative to the Swiss Maturité exam for students who are sure they don’t want to study at science or medicine faculties or polytechnic institutes.

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Maturité suisse

The Swiss Confederacy has organised exams available to all citizens for admission to universities and polytechnic institutes since the nineteenth century. These exams are organised by the Commission Suisse de Maturité (Swiss Maturité Exams Commission) every summer and winter alternatively in each of the universities in the French-speaking western part of Switzerland (Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne, and Neuchâtel). The Swiss Maturité exam programme, defined by L’Ordonnance Fédérale de Maturité (Swiss Federal Ruling on the Maturité exam), grants unconditional access to all Swiss universities and polytechnic institutes (except certain medicine faculties that require entrance exams for all candidates). The Swiss Maturité exam is therefore an ideal entry path to further study. The system chosen, in which the candidate and not the educational institute is certified, means that l’École des Buissonnets is free to successfully apply the teaching method inspired by Maria Montessori, which is what makes our school unique. The Swiss Maturité system therefore makes it possible to offer both a truly alternative approach to education and the guarantee of a recognised certificate.


L’École des Buissonnets chose to apply the ruling on the Maturité exam as liberally as possible, which is why we offer such a wide range of options. It is important to meet with the student's motivation by offering a personal dimension to their certificate. The choice offered within the framework of the Swiss Maturité exam offers the opportunity to lend a scientific or literary influence to your certificate. For example, the total weight of scientific sections can go from 20% to 50%, depending on the options chosen. Similarly, it is possible for a student to prepare for a certificate in which the social sciences (philosophy, history, and psychology) making up over one third of final results.

Core subjects

  • Experimental sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics)
  • Social sciences (history and geography)
  • Visual arts or music
  • French
  • German
  • English
  • Maths (standard or advanced level)

Specific options (one option to be chosen)

  • Biology and chemistry
  • Economics and law
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Philosophy - Psychology - Educational Theory

Additional option

  • Geography

Individual Study Project



The Swiss Maturité certificate is equivalent to the canton-issued Maturité certificates under L’Ordonnance Sur La Reconnaissance Des Certificats De Maturité Gymnasiale (ORM) (Decree on the Recognition of School Leaving Maturité Exams), meaning that the programmes of study for both are very similar.
This means that a student who began studying in a cantonal Maturité study programme can very easily switch to the federal Maturité study programme. In fact, experience has shown that the high level of education in the cantonal Maturité programme has led to such students successfully passing their federal Maturité exams in a short amount of time. Thanks to the flexible study plans adopted by l’École des Buissonnets, for many years now we have seen such students passing their federal Maturité exams successfully after only one year of preparation.

The Swiss Maturité exam programme, defined in L’Ordonnance Fédérale de Maturité (Swiss Federal Ruling on the Maturité Exam), grants unconditional access to all Swiss universities and polytechnic institutes.


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