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Welcome to the International School of Stavanger!

Academics and more...

Currently in our 49th year of existence, ISS offers students and families not just a school, but a community. Our core values, Learning—Well-being—Community, influence every aspect of the ISS experience.

This website shares information about the academics and the vibrant extra-curricular life at ISS. From outstanding external examination results to a wealth of after-school activities following an inclusive school ethos to a phenomenal Parent Association, ISS has much to offer its students and parents.

Our Admissions team works with prospective students and parents throughout the year and would be happy to give potential new families a tour of the school. You can either call ahead for an appointment at 51 554300, e-mail or stop by Monday through Friday between 8:00 and 16:00. We are accepting applications for children from three years of age through high school. Thanks for your interest!

Best Regards,

Gareth Jones B.Ed Hons, MBA
Deputy Director

Linda Duevel, BA, MA, MEd, PhD


ISS Highlights

Outside the classroom wallsISS Hosts Open House (Åpent Hus) for High School (Videregående) Students

ISS invites potential new students and their parents to come learn about the school and its International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme on Wednesday, 11th February 2015 at 18:00. The universally-recognized IB programme prepares students for success in higher education and to be active participants in today's global society. Students taking IB at ISS have access to a dedicated, experienced staff and university/guidance counsellors. Additionally, they join a positive, bright student community with a strong record of academic success in school and beyond. The Open House (Information Evening) is for students entering either Grade 10 (VG1) or Grade 11 (VG2) in the 2015-16 school year. Hope to see you there!

New Scholarships at ISSNew Scholarships Available for Students in 2015-16

For the 2015-16 school year, ISS is pleased to announce academic merit scholarships for high school (videregående) applicants. Two academic merit, full scholarships (one girl, one boy) will be available for students applying for admission to ISS in Grade 10 (VG1) and a limited number of 50% academic merit scholarships will be available to students applying to ISS' IB Diploma Programme, which starts in Grade 11 (VG2). To learn more, please visit our Scholarship page and attend the ISS High School Open House (Information Evening) on Wednesday, 11th February 2015 at 18:00.

Outside the classroom wallsISS Celebrates 100 Days of School

On 29th January, students at ISS celebrated their 100th day of school — and being 100 days smarter. This made for a lot of fun in the Early Childhood corridor, where the children dressed up like they were 100 years old and practiced their counting skills with 100 balloons only to get to pop them afterward!

Outside the classroom wallsDr. Linda Duevel Named International Superintendent of the Year

Our very own, Dr. Linda Duevel, was recently voted the Ernest Mannino International Superintendent of the Year by the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE). Each year, in collaboration with the American Association of School Administrators, AAIE recognizes an international school head based on four leadership qualities. With many nominees from around the world and one recipient each year, the award is a wonderful achievement in international education. Linda will give a distinguished lecture at the AAIE conference in February in San Francisco.

Shakespeare RocksPrimary School Students Rock the Theatre

Loud applauses erupted following the three performances of "Shakespeare Rocks" put on by the primary school students (Grades 3-5) in late January. The cast provided audiences with a fresh, fun and up-to-date look at the life and times of William Shakespeare. Congrats to the large cast and crew on a rockin' performance!

Mesopotamian market at ISSMiddle Schoolers Take Parents Back in Time

Without question, the Mesopotamian market at ISS earlier this month was a bustling scene. Innovations, trade routes, famous people, history and more — all of it was showcased at the Grade 6 Mesopotamian market, where students dressed the part and walked the walk for this cumulative social studies project.

Outside the classroom wallsDiscovering the Magic of Learning During the Holidays

December is a wonderful and festive time of year at ISS. 'Tis the season for pre-school and primary school children to learn about traditions with St. Lucia peace processions and Norwegian carolling, cut down trees at the Norwegian tree farm, read holiday books ('All Aboard!' on the Polar Express) and more. In the middle and high school, 'tis the season for farewell parties for friends moving to new schools, end-of-semester exams and tests, community service projects and ice skating outings. So much fun at school these days! ISS wishes everyone a relaxing and rejuvenating break!

ISS musiciansSweet Music All Season Long

Following a stellar series of winter concerts, ISS musicians brought musical joy to downtown Stavanger on Dec. 15. ISS was the only foreign school invited to take part in Stavanger's first-ever "Living Advent Calendar." The high school band and choir performed holiday songs at the Torgterrassen Shopping Centre, sharing their musical talents and entertaining mall visitors. Jingle bells!

Outside the classroom wallsLearning by Doing – In and Outside the Classroom Walls

ISS students often "learn by doing," getting a deeper subject understanding. For the 13th year, a group of middle schoolers did a 10-day exchange programme in Barcelona. They took Spanish classes, visited the city and lived with a Spanish family. Another example? The European Union fair in Grade 5! Students created presentations, taught parents about EU countries and made regional food (bon appetit!). What else this month? Dissections in high school! Biology students got really hands-on while learning about anatomy.

Vikings Compete in Amsterdam and AntwerpISS Teachers Get Scruffy to Raise Money for Prostate Cancer

Feeling spirited and cause-oriented, a number of ISS teachers have ditched their razors for a month to grow moustaches and raise funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and other men's health issues. It is all part of the annual Movember movement that has grown into a global tradition. Over the lunch hours, students have purchased fake moustaches and voted for the teacher they think sports the best moustache. All money raised will be donated to a prostate cancer group in Norway.

Extended Essay Exhibition at ISS Showcases Academic WorkReady, Set, Run!

Joining a number of Norwegian schools in a competition organised by a local sports club, ISS had two teams participating in the recent Stavanger Team Athletics Games. The goal? To find out ´´Hvem har Stavangers sprekeste klasselag?´´ In other words, which school in Stavanger has the fittest students? There were relay races, obstacle races and tests for speed, strength, stamina, fitness, balance, jumping ability and more. The result? Everyone had fun in this community event, and one of ISS' teams took fourth place!

Vikings Compete in Amsterdam and AntwerpVikings Compete in Amsterdam and Antwerp

Congratulations to ISS' student-athletes who competed this November in the NECIS Soccer/Volleyball Tournament in Amsterdam and the NECIS Cross Country Championships in Antwerp. It was a great experience for all. Of special note, our girls volleyball team won the Varsity Plate, an ISS 6th grader was the cross country champion in the U-12 boys race and five other ISS athletes placed in the top 10 in their respective races. Well done!

Extended Essay Exhibition at ISS Showcases Academic WorkExtended Essay Exhibition at ISS Showcases Academic Work

The 12th grade students showcased more than 60 inspiring IB extended essays at the annual ISS extended essay exhibition on 13th November. Eagerly explaining their research projects to parents, students and teachers, the essays explored a range of topics within science and technology, humanities, language and the arts. Ever wonder, ‘How culpable was Sir Douglas Haig for the outcome of the first day of the Battle of the Somme?’ Or, 'How has the development of the petroleum industry affected inequality in Stavanger, its region and Norway?’

Movie Making in the Middle SchoolMovie Making in the Middle School

Many students in our middle school know what it is like to be a new student. They know how important it is to feel a sense of belonging in a new school. Capturing the positive atmosphere and lively spirit in the ISS middle school, one class of students created a movie showing how quickly new students can feel at home -- let the fun begin!

High School Students Diplomatically Debate World Issues in LisbonHigh School Students Diplomatically Debate World Issues in Lisbon

Practicing their research, public speaking and debating skills, ISS' Model United Nations (MUN) group recently returned from the Iberian MUN conference in Portugal where 21 international schools represented more than 200 nations and international organisations attempting to solve world issues during a UN simulation. ISS represented Russia, Canada, New Zealand, Turkey and Columbia. One of our students even served as the President of the Security Council!

5th Grade Electricians Make Simple Circuits5th Grade Electricians Make Simple Circuits

We embrace community and learning day in and day out at ISS. Take the fifth grade science class, for example. This semester, a high school student made his way across school to teach his much younger schoolmates about current electricity. Watch the class lesson/video to see this enthusiastic and engaged bunch of budding scientists!

The Marvelettes to Beethoven – Music Front and Centre on the ISS StageThe Marvelettes to Beethoven – Music Front and Centre on the ISS Stage

After months of preparation, ISS high school students proudly presented "Stand" -- a musical production about a boys academy going co-ed during a time of racial and gender inequality. Twistin' the night away, they opened to a full house, celebrating Motown music and exploring music's power to communicate and bring people to common understandings. Now going back in time, earlier this month, a visiting international concert pianist performed Beethoven and other classics for primary and middle schoolers. An enthusiastic audience, they listened extremely well. On stage or in the seats, our students have had fun with music this October!

ISS Celebrates UN Day and Pink DayISS Celebrates UN Day and Pink Day

Celebrating ISS' diversity and United Nations Day, on Oct. 24 pre-school children paraded around school in national costume, second grade students performed a UN Day-themed assembly for students and parents (watch them sing "Hello to All of the Children of the World!") and middle school students were assigned countries for class presentations. Also full of spirit this month, middle and high school students and staff sported pink sneakers, blazers and more for "Pink Day" to raise awareness for breast cancer.

International Speaker and Best-Selling Author Presents at ISSInternational Speaker and Best-Selling Author Presents at ISS

Celebrated author and psychologist, Dr. Thompson, visited ISS! Dr. Thompson has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, in the New York Times and more. At ISS, Dr. Thompson discussed how to parent responsible children at one of our monthly parent community events, got middle schoolers thinking about friendship and guided high schoolers on college admissions.

Pre-School Expands and Embraces Innovative Teaching StylewPre-School Expands and Embraces Innovative Teaching Style

There's a lot happening in our Pre-School. As reported by StavangerNews, ISS teachers are embracing an unique, research-based approach to teaching children. Also, ISS was recently authorised by the Stavanger Kommune to admit more children to its three- and four-year old classes. Apply with Admissions.

ISS Students Climb Mountains and Build RoadsISS Students Climb Mountains and Build Roads

October's Trip Week is just one of the many chances for ISS students to learn outside classroom walls. Taking to the mountains, our middle schoolers discovered the great Norwegian outdoors while high schoolers explored geography in Svalbard, community service in Thailand, performing arts in London and more — all unique opportunities to expand one's horizons in a new environment!

International BaccalaureateMore Than High Marks -- A Perfect Score

While many expat families were visiting "home" this summer, ISS students received their International Baccalaureate results. And? Two students had a perfect IB score of 45 and two more had 44! Only 0.25% of IB participants around the world reach a 45. ISS is very proud of its students and the experienced teachers who supported the students on their academic journey. ISS is the only international school in Stavanger to currently offer the IB Diploma.

Recent Graduates Enter Top Universities This FallRecent Graduates Enter Top Universities This Fall

University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, NYU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. That's just the beginning of a list of universities our 2014 graduates started at this fall. ISS' counselling team has a long, successful history of supporting its students as they prepare for university admissions and this school year we're thinking about our graduates who – apart from those electing to do a gap year for service, work, etc. – are now pursuing higher education at highly-respected universities around the world. Good luck!