A long tradition and an integral part of Gstaad: International Schools
An oasis in the Alps, wellness destination and Olympus of fine food - these are only few of the superlatives that are mentioned in the same breath as Gstaad. The gem of the Bernese Oberland is also well-known for its International Schools and Camps that occupy an important place in Saanenland's everyday life.
The boarding schools look back on many years of tradition and have built up an excellent reputation. Thousands of students, families and teachers have become ambassadors to the rest of the world, praising the reputation and lifestyle of the Saanenland region.
The boarding school Le Rosey was founded in 1880 and is considered the most prestigious school in Switzerland." Philippe Gudin, director of the school since 1980, is famed as a visionary in the education of children and young adults. Since 1916, Le Rosey has left its main campus by Lake Geneva to spend the winter in Gstaad.
Internationally renowned for its excellence in education, John F. Kennedy International School prides itself on being a small family-style organisation with a big heart where children are treated as individuals. It boasts an exceptional academic and extra-curricular programme providing students with a broad range of mountain activities all-year round, as well as cultural excursions and a comprehensive sports programme. JFK focuses on providing a strong academic curriculum, which thoroughly prepares students for the IGCSE examinations and promotes intellectual curiosity, independent thinking and excellent study habits.
Gstaad International School specialises in the provision of an exclusive, high quality boarding school education, set within a unique and nurturing family environment. The school offers an international curriculum consisting of the American High School Diploma, British IGCSE and A Levels and a Foundation Year. High emphasis is placed on the holistic personal development of its students, with the stated mission of producing "young men and women who will go on to be leaders in their chosen professions and be of good influence in the world".
Summer and Winter Camps in Gstaad
In the context of a summer camp in Gstaad, Le Rosey prepares students for the school year. The summer camp ist aimed at students from 8 to 18 years who intend to go on to university.
In cooperation with the John F. Kennedy School, Lovell International Camps accomplish summer camps in July and August for boys and girls at the age of 5 to 15 years. Winter store programmes of December until March combine a professional winter games lesson with English or French language lessons. The pre-schooler club is also at disposal in winter for children of 2 and a half to 5 years.
The Summer Programme at Gstaad International School aims to provide students with a highly memorable experience of the Swiss outdoor environment and all it has to offer. It is designed for students who are eager to learn, have fun and meet peers from all over the world. The two - three week programme is offered in July for boys and girls at the age of 13 - 18 years, and consist of classes in the morning and activities in the evening and weekends. In addition, the school also offers a two week Winter Camp in January 2014.