Boarding at JFK

Boarders learn how to live, work and play together,
sharing experiences with people from many different countries and cultural backgrounds.
Student behind ballons

Welcome to the JFK Boarding House

We offer boarding facilities to students aged 6 and above. We provide boarders with a happy, friendly and rewarding residential experience in a cosy, home-like environment. The school offers separate boarding facilities for male and female students in traditional Saanenland Chalets situated near at the school, in heart of the picturesque village of Saanen.

Boarders learn how to live, work and play together, sharing experiences with people from many different countries and cultural backgrounds. We aim to provide a caring ‘home from home’ for boarders, where they can enjoy happy and fulfilling lives as part of an international boarding community, having the feel of a large family.

The busy life of boarding provides many opportunities for students to contribute to school life. Boarders are encouraged to join the Student Council to represent boarders’ views, and actively work together to support social, charitable and sporting initiatives and events.

We want life for our boarders to be an unforgettable experience which will prepare them for all they will encounter in later life. Experience shows us that friendships made in our Boarding House, lead to lifelong friendships based all over the world!

Boarding Highlights

Traditional Swiss chalet situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Saanen

The JFK Boarding House offers separate accomodation for boys and girls in traditional Swiss chalet situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Saanen. There are a number of facilities available to the boarders including:

·     Common areas
·     Study rooms
·     Kitchen
·     Library
·     Playing field/garden
·     Table tennis table
·     Mini football table
·     Trampoline
·     Sports equipment
·     Indoor games

boarding house picture view

We encourage children to take advantage of these facilities, use their free time sensibly and play outside when the weather is nice. We discourage too much time spent on electronics and closely monitor their use.

Boarders enjoy of a wide variety of activities

In the JFK Boarding House we enjoy a wide variety of weekend and after school activities, taking advantage of our beautiful surroundings in the Saanenland.

In the summer we organise outside team games, cook outs and nature walks. In the winter, optional extra ski lessons are available as well as other winter sports such as ice skating, sledging and snow shoeing.

Once a term we like to arrange a slightly bigger boarding excursion, such as a trip to the Cirque du Soleil or Circus Knie, and in the summer term we plan a whole boarders’ weekend away, with previous excursions including Legoland, Europa Park and Disneyland Paris.

We also ensure that our boarders experience things closer to home, learning about the Swiss culture and visiting places of interest in the region. The Cailler Chocolate Factory, Montreux Christmas Market and Bex Salt Mines are always favourites.

rock climbing view

Our weekend activity program helps to bring the boarders together, with each other and with the staff as a family. Often therefore, the activities the children enjoy the most are simple and home based, like our film and tuck nights, pizza making evenings or trips to Gstaad.

Most of all we like our activities to be fun. From bowling to laser quest, to play parks, swimming and go karting, we have a full activity program to keep the boarders busy and happy for the whole year.

  • 8:10 am
  • Saanen, Switzerland
Beginning of the School Year 2020-21

This year we will be starting on September 3rd.

  • All day
  • Iceland
Middle School Excursion Week

Middle School Excursion Week in October

  • All day
  • Ticino
Primary School Excursion Week

Middle School Excursion Week in October

Residential Life

top school view of playground

Unique opportunities and gain valuable skills


Boarding House is an important and valued part of the JFK School community and one that we are very proud of. We run a happy, safe and enriching boarding program in which children will experience unique opportunities and gain valuable skills. Following the structures and routines of the House, boarders become more independent, responsible and organised and benefit from interacting with children and staff from different cultures and backgrounds.

Our small boarding community creates a ‘home away from home’ where children can thrive in an international family environment. The boarding staff closely follow the personal and academic development of each child, supporting their needs and maintaining a strong relationship with parents.

All in all we aim to provide an unforgettable experience for our boarders. An experience which will lead to life long friendships and which will prepare them for all they will encounter in later life.

Boarding Parents

Jones Samantha
Samantha Jones
Head of Boarding

Samantha is a UK graduate of Sports and Exercise Science with over 10 years experience working in International Boarding Schools and Camps. She has also completed a Masters Degree in International Development and in her spare time works with a small charity in Uganda.

Bondatti Daniel
Daniel Bondati
Boys' House Parent

Daniel has worked previously as a Tutor and a Language Assistant, assisting with delivery of the French and mathematics curricula, preparing and delivering lessons. Having also several boarding duties; ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children, supervising group activities, including outings and sporting events. He studied in the Academy of Contemporary Music and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art after finishing his A levels in King’s School Canterbury. Daniel speaks fluent English, French and basic Italian and Spanish. He enjoys sports and music within many other interests.

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Lauren Moore
Girls' House Parent

With a background in fashion and design technology Lauren have spent many years working in high pressured situations and working towards deadlines. Not only have she been working in a creative industry that has many transferrable skills to the education sector, but it is here that I have developed my ability to liaise with a variety of people across a vast range of industries and backgrounds. Both my communication and organisational skills have grown and my ability to adapt, problem solve and remain highly professional has evolved. Lauren has also worked at Le Rosey as a Teacher for educational and activity based Summer and Winter camps and as a Teaching Assistant and Art Technician and Coordinator for Art Academy Summer Programme.