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International School of Stavanger

Welcome to the International School of Stavanger!

The 2015-2016 academic year is particularly special at the International School of Stavanger as we enter our 50th year of offering a first-class international education within the region on a well-resourced, purpose-built campus, catering for students aged 3 to 18, including a French Maternelle.

ISS offers students and families not just a school, but also a community. We are a diverse and active community, a positive and supportive community, and an engaged learning community. Our core values, Learning—Well-being—Community, influence every aspect of the ISS experience.

From its inception in 1966, ISS has offered a robust academic programme. Rigorous external validation has taken place since 1974 via The Council of International Schools (CIS) and The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation. Additionally, ISS has a well-established history of delivering excellent external examination results.

ISS has successfully prepared students for:

  • British I/GCSE examinations for 30 years
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for 20 years
  • International School Assessments (the international school version of the PISA assessments) for 13 years

This has enabled our student body, comprising over 50 nationalities, to successfully transition to and from both national and international educational systems, as well as gain admission to competitive universities and colleges on all continents.

At ISS we also recognise that academics by themselves are not enough if children are to succeed in the future. As such, we deliver an inclusive education that seeks to meet the needs of the whole child, nurturing their well-being and fostering a strong sense of community. We offer a multitude of after-school activities, and we have a phenomenal, welcoming Parent Association that is incredibly supportive of our students, school and transitioning families.

Our Admissions team works with prospective students and parents throughout the year. You can either call 51554300 or e-mail for an appointment. If you are passing by, please do not hesitate to drop in.

I encourage you to explore our website or Facebook page to learn more about us.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Gareth L Jones B.Ed Hons, MBA

ISS Highlights

ISS Hosts an Open House and Offers Scholarships for 2016-17​​​​​ISS Hosts an Open House and Offers Scholarships for 2016-17​

​22 January: The International School of Stavanger is hosting a High School (videregående) Open House on 28 January (18:00) for all students interested in joining our grade 10 (VG1) or grade 11 (VG2) in August 2016. Academic merit scholarships are also available for 2016-17. More information.

ISS Alumni EventISS Alumni Event Held Downtown

10 January: Generations of ISS students, parents, colleagues and friends of the school had a chance to connect (or reconnect) during the 50th year alumni social downtown on Friday. It was a lovely evening! Join our ISS/SAMS alumni directory.

​​ISS Students Get Techy During Hour of Code Event​​​ISS Students Get Techy During Hour of Code Event

8 January: Joining the worldwide "Hour of Code" education event last month, ISS held robot races and set up a basic minecraft coding station, nurturing problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.

Spirit of ServiceThe Spirit of Service Continues This Month

20 December: With an increased focus on community service and service learning in 2015-16, students across ISS have ramped up their service projects this month. Early Childhood and Primary School classes - following a visit from Hjelp oss å hjelpe Rogaland - raised more than NOK 6,400 to help families in need in Stavanger celebrate Christmas. What else? The ISS community generously donated nearly NOK 9,000 for Dråpen i Havet to support refugees and 300+ bags of clothing were donated to Fretex, resulting in gift certificates for the refugees (a cause the Middle School has been heavily involved in this year). Cameroon Service Project in the High School raised NOK 3750 during a special movie night. Finally, Grade 1 sent many love- and gift-filled boxes to children in Romania.

Merry Music-Making This Holiday Season​Merry Music-Making This Holiday Season

18 December: Music is one of many ways to celebrate the season and holidays together as a school community. Our primary, middle and high school students performed beautifully for the larger ISS community this winter. Also, in our 50th year, the International School of Stavanger shares a special song of peace and wishes you both a peaceful and joyful season. 

ISS JuletrefestThe Juletrefest and Levende Julekalender Tradition Continues

15 December: Juletrefest! The Norwegian tradition - and an ISS tradition - of young children singing Norwegian carols and walking around the tree took place the last day of school before break. Also, our high school choir and band performed downtown for the Annual Advent Calendar (Levende Julekalender). God Jul!

Expert Speakers from Petroleum Industry Visit ISS​​​Expert Speakers from Petroleum Industry Visit ISS

13 December: Grade 11 IB students prepared for their Group 4 project called "Sci-Tech Challenge" with guests from ExxonMobil and Young Entrepreneurship Rogaland. The students will compete at the Universitetet i Stavanger in March. We wish them the best of luck.

Parents Visit the Pre-School Cafe​​Parents Visit the Pre-School Cafe

11 December: Welcome to the Pre-School Cafe! A fine example of the Reggio Emilia educational approach, the children's fascination in flags and a UN Day cafe earlier this year turned into a collaborative, weeks-long project on “Cafe." They planned the environment, menu, entertainment, invitations and more. So imaginative!

French exchange programme​​​Middle School Students Head to France

5 December: Bonjour! Grade 7 and 8 students spend a week in France on a French exchange programme, speaking the language, socialising with local French students and participating in art workshops during which they created a dance routine, made a short film and created bronze, viking-inspired sculptures.

Annual International Festival​Celebrating Culture at the Annual International Festival

15 November: Food, games and fun aplenty were on at the annual International Festival hosted by the Parent Association. A huge thank you to all the ISS families for making ISS such a vibrant, positive and culturally-rich school community.

Finding Grace​"Finding Grace" Debuts at the International School of Stavanger

6 November: It's the 1950s in vibrant New York City. A select group of young, intellectual women have the rare opportunity to write for Mademoiselle Magazine. "Finding Grace" - an ISS high school production - revealed their experiences and gave audiences a wonderful look back in time with an enthusiastic cast of young actors and actresses.

ISS Hosts University/College Fair​​ISS Hosts University/College Fair in November​​

27 October: On Monday, 9 November, ISS will host an ensemble of universities from the U.S., Canada and Europe. All students in vgs 1 and vgs 2 are welcome to join the fair portion of our event from 10:15-11:00 am to meet university representatives.

Celebrating United Nations Day​​​Celebrating United Nations Day​

24 October: As an international school, we take a lot of pride in celebrating diversity, differing opinions and the UN's interest in common progress. In honour of United Nations Day, ISS' pre-schoolers paraded in beautiful national costumes followed by pre-school and primary school class celebrations with world-related crafts and delicious food. In the middle school, all students and teachers presented on a UN country. Here's the UN Day photo album.

Migration and Refugees: Service in Action​Migration and Refugees: Service in Action

21 October: This year in the middle school, students are focusing on 'Migration and Refugees' as part of a long-term service project. One of their first events was a sponsored run/walk where they raised an amazing NOK 107,722 for the Norwegian Refugee Council (Flyktninghjelpen).Watch a fun video clip of the run/walk. The power of service!

Choir Boys Sing to a Packed House​ISS Honour Choir Boys Sing to a Packed House​ in London

20 October: What a concert! Last night, 4 ISS middle boys performed with 80+ other talented singers from international schools in Europe and the Middle East for the AMIS MS Boys European Honor Choir concert in London. It was also conducted and accompanied by two of our very own music teachers.

Author Celebration​Parents Welcomed to Grade 1 Class for Author Celebration​

19 October: There are always fun learning activities happening across the primary school. Recently in Grade 1, students warmly welcomed their parents to class for a little story time and author celebration! Parents had a chance to hear the children's wonderful stories and see their science journals. 

New Ways to Influence Student Well-Being​ISS Teachers Learn New Ways to Influence Student Well-Being

12 October: "If you want kids to learn and attain, you need to increase well-being." For in-service training, ISS welcomed Emma Judge from 'How to Thrive' to share strategies with teachers for helping students develop positive habits, grow their strengths, be resilient, and ultimately, be the best versions of themselves. 

Stavanger Street Art​Local Stavanger Street Art​ Makes for Intriguing Discussions

13 October: Grade 6 headed to Storhaug recently to discover and discuss some of the intriguing street and urban art created by internationally-renown artists for the NUART FESTIVAL. Stavanger hosts this leading celebration of street art every year and students are fortunate to hear from some of the artists and discover such unique pieces right in our own backyard. 

Outdoor Learning​Grade 6 and 7 Head to the Coast and Mountains for Outdoor Learning​

5 October: October is 'leirskole' season in the middle school. A fine Norwegian school tradition, this is the time when our seventh grade students head to Hardanger for climbing 'via ferrata,' boating the fjords and discovering the perks of being physically active outside (especially in this gorgeous country) while sixth graders head to Fevik for boating, fishing and chance to learn about the outdoors. Watch a brilliant drone video of the seventh graders at Hardangertun.

​High School Students Get Adventurous​High School Students Get Adventurous, Deepen their Knowledge ​

2 October: Welcome back! High school students recently wrapped up Horizons Week, where they expanded on subjects near and far, in and outside of the classroom. Opportunities abroad included a study of the effect of WWI on individual lives 100 years later in leper/Ypres; art studies in Barcelona, service and adventure with hill tribes in Northern Thailand; and history and theatre in London. Here in Norway for Horizons Week, students could explore lessons in digital mapping, global poverty, sign language, rock climbing, salsa dancing, and programming and building robots. ​Photos from their experiences.

Parent Association Fun Run​Parent Association Fun Run Raises Money for Charity

29 September: A heart-felt thank you to the 150 runners (students, parents and teachers) who raced or volunteered in the ISS Parent Association's Fun Run last month. They raised more than NOK 5000 for two charities: Hjelp oss å hjelpe Rogaland and the Red Cross/EU Office

A Shout-Out from COBIS​ISS Celebrates 50 Years with Opening Ceremony

25 September: With nearly 200 people in attendance, ISS celebrated its 50th school year this evening with a public ceremony featuring speakers from the ISS community and greater Stavanger region, including: Farouk Al-Kasim (‘Norway’s most profitable immigrant’ and former director of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate); Stavanger’s Hans Eyvind Næss (local historian and author); NATO’s Brigadier General Roger Watkins (chief of staff), Garry Hargreaves and Paul Sewell; Sola’s Jan Sigve Tjelta (deputy mayor) and Mahnoor Raja (council representative and former ISS student); Thomas Townsend (software developer and former ISS student), and current ISS administrators, Gareth Jones and David Beaty, as well as a student. Photos from the event.

ISS Families Head to the Beach​ISS Families Head to the Beach, Leave it a Better Place

23 September: Beautify the beaches! Middle school students, parents, teachers and dogs (92 in total) headed to Hellestø last Saturday for a beach clean-up. It is one of our longest-standing service projects ​ for ISS students​, rotating between Sola and Hellestø beach each year.

International Day of Peace​From Pre-School to High School, Students Work Toward Peace

21 September: "Create space for lasting peace." - UN Secretary-General. Today is the International Day of Peace. Peace-oriented activities were held across the school, including high school students from different countries saying "peace" in various languages during assembly and eighth graders and pre-schoolers together creating a beautiful "pinwheels for peace" display outside.

ISS 50th anniversaryJoin Us for Our 50th Opening Ceremony

21 September: The International School of Stavanger (ISS) is celebrating its 50th anniversary during the 2015-2016 academic year. For this special jubilee, we invite you to a 50th opening ceremony on Friday, 25 September from 19:00-21:00. Several key speakers from the Stavanger community are lined up to reflect on the past 50 years and look ahead to the next 50 years (offering local and global perspectives). Join us!

Another Strong Academic Year at ISS2015 IB and IGCSE Marks Demonstrate Another Strong Academic Year for ISS Students

18 September: This summer, ISS students eagerly awaited and received their International Baccalaureate and IGCSE results. The highest score achieved by the 60+ ISS students who took all of the IB Diploma examinations was 44 points out of 45 possible points and the mean total score was 34 points, which is well above the world average of 29.7. A fine mark of academic success, six students achieved 40 or more points out of the maximum of 45. ISS is very proud of its students and the experienced teachers who supported them on their academic journey.

ISS Pre-School Programme 2015!ISS Pre-School Programme Gives Children New Hands-on Opportunities

16 September: Last school year, the pre-school teachers embraced an unique and research-based approach to teaching children. In 2015-16, our 3- to 5-year-old children continue to explore their interests and discover the world through several learning studios, including Nature & Science; Creative Arts & Design; Tinkering; and Imagination. Here's a visual tour of the spaces

ISS Student-Athletes - Vestcup tournament in StavangerISS Student-Athletes Play Hard, Play Well

15 September: Congratulations to the more than 80 ISS student-athletes who competed this past weekend. ISS had 11 girls volleyball teams competing at the Vestcup tournament in Stavanger and the U13 boys football/soccer team showed off their skills at the ConocoPhillips tournament. All students should be commended for their fine sportsmanship on and off the courts and field.

2015 graduates'Good Luck' to Our 2015 Graduates

14 September: ISS wishes the best to our 2015 graduates who are now starting university, folk school, a new job or volunteering around the world. From the University of Cambridge in England to the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, we know you'll contribute in your own positive ways as you take on new adventures in various corners of the world. Good luck!

Back-to-School Birthday Bash celebrating ISS' 50thThe Best Birthday Bash Yet

11 September: Thanks to the hundreds of parents, teachers and students who came to the Back-to-School Birthday Bash celebrating ISS' 50th. With food and fun aplenty, the ISS Parent Association did a fabulous job organising this special bash. See pictures of the event

Morning Connections at International School of StavangerMorning Connections Announces 2015-16 Line-Up

9 September: The 'Morning Connections' series for parents returns to ISS in 2015-16 with several important and intriguing topics. In August, Preben Fålck from Stavanger Turistforening shared ideas for family-friendly outdoor adventures. In September, Catriona Harper from SEEIT (Sexual Exploitation Early Intervention Training) helped parents better understand abuse, anxiety and bullying. Morning Connections is a supportive parent community and venue for learning about education, parenting, expat life and living in Norway.

French Maternelle Opens at ISSFrench Maternelle Opens at ISS

17 August: In August 2015, the new École Maternelle/French Pre-School opens at ISS! We warmly welcome the families joining us from Lycée français de Stavanger and elsewhere. All French families interested in Petite, Moyenne or Grande Sections can apply. More information (in French).

Congratulations, Class of 2015!Happy 50th, ISS!

Entering the 2015-16 academic year, ISS celebrates its 50th year. Today, the International School of Stavanger has become one of the largest international schools in Scandinavia representing approximately 50 nationalities. To commemorate the occasion, we had an all-school assembly the first week of school that included a trip down memory lane remember vinyl records?) and a special aerial photo. Better yet, check out the video!

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