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The International School of Stavanger (ISS) The International School of Stavanger (ISS) is a coeducational, English-language, day school enrolling students ages three 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 mid-August to mid-June. ISS is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and holds membership with the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Council of British International Schools (COBIS).

Organization: ISS is an independent, nonprofit Norwegian foundation administered by the Director and supervised by the Board of Trustees, which is composed of six representatives from the oil companies and NATO, two representatives from the parents, one representative from the employees, and the ISS Director, Nikolas Bishop who joined the school in 2021.

Curriculum: The early childhood program and primary school (EC/PS, 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 9-10) 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 11-12) was introduced and includes subject choices 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 organizes 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 2021-2022 school year, ISS has 119 total staff including 72 teachers. All teaching staff hold teaching qualifications at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels and must prove equivalence within the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education.

Enrollment: At the beginning of 2021-2022 school year, enrollment was 528.

Facilities: The school is located on a 15-acre site and includes special areas for art, music, drama, and design technology; two libraries; a 1:1 iPad program in middle school and 1:1 laptop program in high school; a 370-seat theater; four indoor gyms; a fitness gym; a rock-climbing gym; nine science laboratories; a cafeteria with healthy daily hot lunch service; a 400-meter track; football/baseball pitches; basketball courts; and extensive play areas.

Finances: In any year, around 95% of the school’s income derives from the regular tuition. The 2021-2022 Category 1 tuition rate for Kindergarten-Grade 12 is NOK 221,800. The school also charges an application fee of NOK 2,000 and a registration fee of NOK 20,000. The tuition covers instruction, textbooks, Middle School iPads, High School MacBooks, most curriculum-related field trips, and ISS bus transportation before and directly after school. Preschool fees are lower as they are regulated by the Norwegian Government. (Fees are given in Norwegian Krone. In August 2021, 8.85 NOK= 1 USD).

Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Norway, Stavanger) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information. Information and statistics are current as of September 2021 and are provided by the school.

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