“Excellence is our guiding principle.”

The John F. Kennedy International School was directed by Mr. and Mrs. William Lovell between 1971 and 2011. They developed the school from the original Chalet Pfrundacker Children's Home which opened in 1950.

In 2011, the school was bought from the Lovell Family and then donated to the School Foundation Board to become a non-profit institution. The Foundation Board, which is made up of members of the local community, share a love for the school and have a desire to see it succeed and flourish.

An Executive School board gives support to the Director, as well as establishing the long and short term plans for the school and overseeing the annual operational budget.

The school is a co-educational English-language boarding and day school for children ages 4 to 14, culminating in the Year 9 (Grade 8). The growing student body is made up of around 60 students from over twenty different countries.

Boarding enrolment is limited to 25 students in order to maintain first-rate quality of care in our family-like environment.

JFK is an accredited institution and was awarded a Quality School Certificate (QSC) in May 2009 by Pro Cert. It is also accredited by the Department of Education for the Canton of Bern. The school holds memberships in the Council of International Schools (CIS), the Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS) and the Federation of Swiss Private Schools.

Inscribed on a beam as one enters the main school building are the following words: «Of those to whom much is given, much is required.» This quote was used in a speech by American President-Elect John F. Kennedy on January 9, 1961.

Zoom: JFK School
Zoom: JFK School

2017 JFK Swiss Outdoor Camp - a great success!


A great adventure!

This year we had a great success with our JFK Swiss Outdoor Camp receiving more than 90 children for an outdoor adventure during 6 weeks. Children enjoyed the day activities such as rafting, climbing, hiking, camping, etc. depending on the 3 themes offered during each week, rock (climbing), water (water adventure activities) and mountain (camping and hiking). The experience is not limited in outdoor activities, but also children enjoy the social and cultural activities organised in the camp. Each outdoor activity is always related to an outdoor learning subject given live on site and in an "outdoor classroom" called nature. Applications are opened to a new adventure for Summer 2018.

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