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Established in 1963, Oslo International School (OIS) is a coeducational, English-language day school enrolling students from ages three to 18 years. Approximately 70% of students are from international businesses and embassies in the Oslo region. OIS’s mission is to provide a broad, stimulating, balanced international education in a diverse, dynamic, supportive school community. Its vision is to be an international community where students develop their unique potential and become inspired global citizens. The school values respect, care, collaboration, and innovation. The community promotes growth and proactive, ethical engagement with the world around us, ensuring that students learn to see the world from various perspectives.

Organization: OIS functions as an independent, non-profit educational trust under Norwegian jurisdiction. Leadership comprises a head of school and an administrative team. Governance is provided by a board of trustees responsible for the school’s financial well-being and long-term strategic direction. Board members are appointed and include representatives from the local business and diplomatic communities, with two school employees. Most board members are parents at the school.

Community Activities Manager is a full-time resource that is dedicated to facilitating the transition to Norway of both students and families. This person is responsible for the family benefit program (covering settling in support, volunteering and networking opportunities, and a wide range of activities) and a comprehensive student after-school program.

Curriculum:  At OIS, the academic program stands out for its rigor and comprehensive scope. Delivered by dedicated and nurturing staff, the curriculum is designed to cater to an international community. Class sizes are intentionally kept under 18 students, ensuring individualized attention. The school is segmented into two main divisions: Primary Division (from age of three to Year 6): Starts with Pre-School (equivalent to U.S. Pre-K), followed by year 1 (U.S. Kindergarten), year 2 (U.S. 1st Grade), and so on. Core subjects taught include mathematics, literacy, music, art, drama, information communication technology (ICT), and Norwegian as standalone subjects. The International Primary Curriculum integrates subjects like social studies and science with an international focus for each study unit. Specialist teachers are engaged for physical education, music, art, ICT, and Norwegian instruction. Secondary Division: lower secondary (years 7-10): Follows a comprehensive academic program aligned with the philosophy and aims of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, preparing students robustly for the IB Diploma Program.
upper secondary (“Pre-IB” through the IB Diploma Program): Recognized worldwide, the IB Diploma Program serves as a gold standard for university preparatory education. OIS graduates, equipped with the IB, successfully pursue tertiary education globally. Support is available for students acquiring English language proficiency or in need of academic assistance. Additionally, our curriculum is imbued with elements promoting intercultural understanding, ensuring students not only excel academically but also develop as open-minded global citizens. This includes fostering curiosity about diverse cultures and traditions, celebrating differences, and facilitating interactions that broaden students’ worldviews.

Faculty: In the 2023-2024 school year, OIS has 130 total staff including 104 teachers, 13 of whom are U.S. citizens, 14 host-country nationals, and 72 third-country nationals. Our faculty and staff represent over 25 nationalities. All staff faculty have earned relevant degrees and/or certifications.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year, enrollment was 614. Of the total, 83 were U.S. citizens, 167 were host-country nationals, and 359 were third-country nationals.

Facilities: The school is located about a 15-minute drive from central Oslo, accessible by public transportation or the extensive school bus service. The campus boasts ample playground space, sports fields, a sports hall, and a neighboring swimming pool. Specialist facilities include four science labs, two computer labs, three arts rooms, two music rooms, a drama room, a library/media center, a food science kitchen, and three gymnasiums. The primary school has a 1:1 iPad program. Secondary students can access diverse learning technology hardware. A wireless Internet network services OIS, with all classrooms equipped with digital projectors and interactive whiteboards.

Finances: For the 2023-2024 school year, the primary source of the school’s income, amounting to 97%, is derived from regular tuition. A breakdown of the fees is as follows: Annual Tuition: Years 1-IB2: NOK 251,600.  Billing Structure: Billing Period 1: 45% of annual fees covering August-December. This is due by late May and is non-refundable.  Billing Period 2: 55% of annual fees for January-June, due by December 1st, and is non-refundable.  Registration Fee: NOK 15,000 per student. This one-time non-refundable payment is due prior to the student’s commencement at the school. New students entering from year 1 or above are subjected to this fee. Students who start at the Pre-School level will be assessed this fee when they re-enroll for year 1.  Additional Fees: While the annual tuition encompasses the majority of educational expenses, some specific costs are not included. These might be invoiced separately or need to be paid directly via the school’s e-store: School Bus Fees: Optional bus service is available, covering parts of Oslo, Bærum, and Asker. Extra-Curricular Activities: Charges for activities such as sports, play club, and music lessons are not covered under annual tuition.  Study Trips & Sports Events: Optional international study trips organized in the secondary school or sports events that require travel and accommodation are charged separately. All the fees mentioned are quoted in Norwegian kroner.

Special Needs: Review the Special Needs Profile 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 accurate as of September 2023 and provided by the school.

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