The International School of Stavanger (ISS) is a coeducational, English-language, day school enrolling students ages 3 through 18+.The School was established in 1966. Approximately 80% of its students are from families associated with NATO and the North Sea oil industry. The school year extends from late August to mid-June. ISS is accredited by the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Organization: ISS is an independent, nonprofit Norwegian foundation administered by the Director and supervised by the Board of Trustees, which is composed of 6 representatives from the oil companies and NATO, 2 representative from the parents, 1 representative from the employees, and the ISS Director, Kevin Gilmore, who has worked for the school since 2016.
Curriculum: The early childhood program and primary school (ages 3-10) offer an international curriculum which draws upon the best practices of both North American and United Kingdom curricular models. Children work in self-contained classrooms with fully qualified teachers. Specialist instructors in art, music, band, physical education, library, and Norwegian assist the classroom teachers. A learning support team, including a speech and language therapist, is available for students who need additional assistance. The core required subjects for the middle school (ages 11-13) include mathematics, English, science, social studies, physical education, health, Norwegian, and either Spanish or French. Various elective courses, such as computer, design technology, art, and drama, are also offered. The high school (ages 14-18+) offers a broad range of IGCSE examinations (grades 9 and 10) including art, English, English literature, French, Spanish, geography, history, mathematics, coordinated science, and information and design technologies. In 1997, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (grades 11 and 12) was introduced and includes classes in English, mathematics, history, economics, psychology, biology, chemistry, physics, French, German, Spanish, Norwegian, art, design technology, and information technology. A wide range of clubs, sports, music, and drama offerings are available for students of all ages at the school. The school frequently sponsors trips to school-related events in Europe. There is also an active Norway-based outdoor education program for primary and middle school students. An active Parent Association provides a wide range of services and activities as well.
Faculty: In the 2019-2020 school year, there are 82 (64.5 FTE) educational faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of 2019-2020 school year, enrollment was 607 (PK-grade 5: 326 grades 6-8; 113, and grades 9-12; 168).
Facilities: The school is located on a 15-acre site and includes special areas for art, music, drama, and design technology; 2 libraries; 2 computer laboratories; mobile laptop carts; iPad carts and a 1:1 iPad program in middle school and laptop program in high school; a 370-seat theater; 4 indoor gyms; 9 science laboratories; a cafeteria with healthy daily hot lunch service; a 400-meter track; football/baseball pitches; basketball courts; and extensive play areas. A technology network links each classroom to schools around the world.
Finances: In the 2019-2020 school year, 93% of the School’s income derives from the regular tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: K-grade 12: $23,355 (U.S. $1=NOK 9.12). The school also charges an application fee of $219 and a registration fee of $2,190. The tuition covers books and materials and bus service on one of the school’s designated bus routes. Preschool fees are lower. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of October 2019 and are provided by the school.