Welcome to the International School of Stavanger!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Gareth Jones B.Ed Hons, MBA
Linda Duevel, BA, MA, MEd, PhD
Discovering 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!
Sweet 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!
Learning 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.
ISS 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.
Ready, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!
More 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 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!