Norway, Oslo: Oslo International School

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Date: 12/23/2010 Location: Oslo Description: OIS school building - State Dept Image



Oslo International School (OIS) is a coeducational English-language day school enrolling students from ages 3 to 18 years. The School was established in 1963. Approximately 88 percent of its students are from international businesses and embassies in the Oslo area. The school year extends from mid August to mid June. Admission to OIS is open to students of all nationalities who demonstrate the ability to access and benefit from the challenging international curriculum and program offered by the school.

Organization: OIS is an independent, not-for-profit, educational trust under Norwegian legal jurisdiction. It is administered by a Head of School, while a Board of Trustees has responsibility for the financial status and strategic direction of the School. Board membership is by appointment. Most members are also parents at the school.

Curriculum: The school is organized into two separate divisions, Primary (Kindergarten to Year 6) and Secondary (Year 7 to IB Diploma). Classes/teaching groups average 18 or fewer students providing for valuable individual attention to student needs. Support teachers (EAL and Special Education) are available for students acquiring English language proficiency or in need of academic assistance. A number of extra-curricular activities and sports are offered after school hours. The Primary School teaches Mathematics, Literacy, Music, Health and Physical Education as “stand alone” subjects; other subjects are taught through the International Primary Curriculum, a program that integrates Social Studies and Science with an international focus for each unit of study. Specialist teachers are utilized for Physical Education, Music, Art, Drama, Information Communication Technology (ICT), and Norwegian instruction. The Secondary School is organized into two sections, Lower Secondary (Year 7-10), and Upper Secondary (Pre-IB through IB – International Baccalaureate). The Lower Secondary follows a comprehensive academic program with strong international elements. The Upper Secondary section offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma program, a challenging and comprehensive university preparation program recognized around the world. An active Parents’ Association provides a range of service and activities for the School as well. In 2010 OIS received a full ten year school reaccreditation by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) as well as a successful five year program evaluation through the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). In addition all of our graduates, with few exceptions, successfully pursue post secondary education with many earning admission to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the world.

Faculty: For the 2011-2012 school year, there are 130 faculty and staff members representing 21 countries.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 541 (Lower Primary- Pre-School to Year 2: 118; Upper Primary- Y3 to Y6: 148; Lower Secondary- Years 7 to 10: 178; and Upper Secondary- Pre-IB to IB2: 97). OIS students represent 46 different nationalities.

Facilities: The school is located about 15 minutes drive from the centre of Oslo and is also easily accessible by public transportation or the school bus service. There is adequate playground space on site and there are sports fields, a sports hall, and a swimming pool beside the school site. Specialist rooms include 4 science laboratories, 4 computer labs, 3 art rooms, 2 music and drama rooms, a library/media centre, a food science kitchen and 2 gymnasiums. All teaching rooms are networked for Internet.

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