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John F. Kennedy International School

Address:  Kirchgasse 2, 3792 Saanen, Switzerland
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Description John F. Kennedy International School

  • Location: Gstaad, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
  • The age of students: 4-14 years
  • Total number of students: 60 people
  • Type of studying: mixed
  • Type of accommodation: residence (boarding house).

The famous and prestigious John F. Kennedy International School is located 3 kilometers from the large resort town of Gstaad in the canton of Bern, Switzerland. This is an unusually beautiful, picturesque area, which opens up to the students the widest opportunities for sports, walks and outdoor activities.

Founded in 1949, the school is very small - it studies only 60 students, which forms a very warm, friendly, almost family atmosphere. The entire teaching and management staff practices an individual approach, finding a common language with each student and revealing his unique talents and abilities. The primary goal of the school is to teach children in junior and middle classes (4-14 years): to develop perseverance, attentiveness, to build a strong foundation of basic knowledge and skills, to foster the desire for knowledge, self-development and education.

Teachers of the school pay great attention not only to the academic but also to the moral development of children, instilling in them aesthetic and ethical norms, the education of valuable personal and leadership qualities - responsibility, openness, kindness and responsiveness, honesty and mutual respect.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in John F. Kennedy International School

Program name
Date
Age
Cost
Annual
4-10
from 72 500 CHF / year

Elementary classes

The entire curriculum corresponds to high British national standards. Studying is conducted entirely in English: for foreign students (for whom English is not native) there are additional supportive activities. Most children also study French and German as electives (French often acts as the first, basic foreign, German is usually studied from 8-9 years).

In general, the school is divided into two sections: primary classes (4-10 years) and secondary school (10-14 years).

The teaching of children does not end in the classroom all leisure, cognitive and recreational activities are also aimed at developing students, improving their academic, personal, sporting and creative skills.

Annual
10-14
from 73 300 CHF / year

HIGH SCHOOL

The entire curriculum corresponds to high British national standards. Studying is conducted entirely in English: for foreign students (for whom English is not native) there are additional supportive activities. Most children also study French and German as electives (French often acts as the first, basic foreign, German is usually studied from 8-9 years).

In general, the school is divided into two sections: primary classes (4-10 years) and secondary school (10-14 years).

The teaching of children does not end in the classroom: all leisure, cognitive and recreational activities are also aimed at developing students, improving their academic, personal, sporting and creative skills.

Accommodation, housing and food

Full board accommodation is available to boys and girls from 6 years old. Alpine chalets are chosen for living: comfortable cozy houses with the necessary furniture and equipment (the whole residence includes 2 large houses).

On the campus for boarding children comfortable residences with rooms for 3-4 people are prepared, for boys and girls there are separate floors. Together with the children there are teachers and educators, so the safety and comfort of children is guaranteed in 24/7 mode.

In general use of the students there are drawing rooms for rest and quiet classrooms for study and self-preparation, a small kitchen and a common spacious dining room, several outdoor playgrounds and ping-pong tables.

The nutrition of the children (boarding, three meals a day) is tailored to the needs of the young organism - the diet is balanced, varied, tasty: it includes a large number of vegetables and fruits, cereals, fresh salads and hot soups. Often held thematic culinary days, dedicated to the traditions of different countries. On request, it is possible to organize dietary or vegetarian meals.

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : Acting skills, Choral singing, economics, English, French, german language, healthy lifestyle, humanitarian sciences, musical art, Physical culture and sports sciences, Policy and government

Events John F. Kennedy International School

A variety of sports and physical activity are available for children in their free time:

  • karate
  • chess
  • skates
  • photography [ 999.10]
  • mountaineering
  • mountain skiing and snowboarding (in the winter season)
  • riding
  • swimming
  • basketball
  • volleyball
  • team games
  • ceramics
  • ballet
  • running
  • athletics
  • choreography
  • tennis
  • gymnastics.

Sports matches, tournaments and friendly games, sports days and local Olympic games.

Music studios and mugs of dramatic art are open, concerts, performances and performances are regularly arranged. There are several studios of creativity: for example, students can master photography, ceramics, sculpture and much more.

A busy and excursion program for students: more than 20 exciting trips to the most beautiful and interesting cities and places of Switzerland and Europe are planned for the year, visiting and viewing cultural, historical and architectural attractions.

Advantages

  • Small classes (total of 5 academic groups) for 8-14 people;
  • Strong teaching staff: all teachers are highly qualified and experienced, are native English speakers, accredited to work with international groups and foreign students;
  • All studying is conducted in English: this expands the students' opportunities for further admission to foreign schools around the world;
  • Strong, balanced curriculum: based on the postulates and principles of teaching in Cambridge;
  • Membership and active participation in the activities of the best international and national specialized organizations: the European Council of International Schools (CIS), the Education Department of the Canton of Bern, the Swiss Private School Association (SGIS), the Swiss Federation of Private Schools;
  • In May 2009, the institution was awarded the Certificate of School Quality (QSC) from the prestigious Swiss accreditation service Pro Cert.

Equipment John F. Kennedy International School

The territory of the Swiss school is equipped with everything that children need in the process of learning, rest and extracurricular activities:

  • 5 traditional alpine chalets (in which both classrooms and living rooms are located)
  • Playing fields and playgrounds in the open air
  • Basketball field
  • Climbing board
  • Extensive library (more than 8000 printed sources)
  • Computer classes with the latest PC and special educational software
  • Video Library and Media Classes
  • Pools (open and closed)
  • Tennis courts
  • Riding arenas
  • Music school and classes of creativity
  • Sports and studying halls
  • Parks for walks and picnics
  • Hoists for riding Mountain skiing.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The course price already includes:

  • Studying on the selected program
  • Accommodation and meals (residence, full board)
  • All educational materials, books and manuals
  • Use of the entire campus infrastructure
  • Payment of taxes
  • 24-hour childcare and full security.

The following components are paid additionally:

  • Registration fee
  • Deposit for additional expenses
  • Examination fees
  • School uniforms
  • Ski passes resorts + instructor's charge
  • Sports equipment rental
  • Roundtrips
  • Transfer in both directions
  • Additional leisure and entertainment activities, excursions (optional)
  • Additional academic and language lessons
  • Compulsory medical insurance + accident insurance
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents
  • Consular fee (payable at the Embassy).

Extra fees:

  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 2000 CHF
  • Deposit for a course/programme 6000 CHF

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
university
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution


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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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