Academics

Providing An Academically-Rich Curriculum

With students coming from all around the world and preparing for higher education, ISS provides an internationally-accredited and university preparatory curriculum:

Developing a love for learning is essential. At ISS, students are not only learning their academic subject, they are also "learning how to learn." They are reflecting on their work and expanding their experiences. They are exploring 21st century skills such as creative and critical thinking. They are engaged in problem- and enquiry-based learning.

Better yet, they are preparing for tomorrow with today’s latest tools. Whether it is primary school children using iPads and MacBooks to research topics and create storybooks or middle and high schoolers taking notes and composing music with their iPads, technology is blended into the curriculum with purpose.

English as an Additional Language and Learning Support programmes are available.

The school calendar follows a semester system with grades reported in January and June of each school year.

Inspiring a Holistic Education and Balanced Life

At ISS, we are passionate about academics. We are also passionate about student well-being and nurturing the whole child.

We help children discover their interests, grow their strengths and develop vital skills – like creativity, leadership and teamwork – so often required outside of the academic setting.

How do we do it? To start, by giving our students access to a comprehensive curricular and extra–curricular programme for them to fulfill their potential. Consider…

  • Before school, some high school students are actively debating and learning from one another during Model United Nations while others are thinking up new ideas for their next app development club meeting.
  • During the school day, ISS middle school students are moving from math lessons to music, where they learn a new instrument or sing in choir. Or, maybe they are headed to the design technology lab to create a product with the latest software and 3D printers. Meanwhile, high schoolers are developing their art portfolios or taking their second high-level IB science class of the day.
  • After school, primary school children are joining German- or Dutch-speaking classmates to practice a first language. At the same time, high school students are preparing for a conference basketball tournament abroad and middle school students are acting out their roles on stage.

It is this type of academically-enriching and well-rounded program that fosters learning, community and overall student well-being.

Achieving High Academic Marks

ISS teachers believe everyone is able to learn and achieve and they are committed to helping students do their best. In the high school, most students seek the IB Diploma, an international passport to higher education. An IB Diploma plays a positive and important role in university admissions decisions given its rigour and emphasis on critical thinking, research skills and service.

Continuing on an impressive record of results, in May 2014, 98 percent of graduating students undertook the full IB Diploma. ISS' mean IB Diploma score ranked above the world average with two students achieving the maximum score of 45 points and a further two with 44 points. That is quite the feat given less than one-quarter of one percent (0.25%) of IB participants around the world reach a 45.

Additionally, ISS annually excels in the Norwegian Unge Forskere competition. For 2012-2014, ISS produced more finalists than any other school in Norway, winning prizes and trips to international competitions and science seminars.

Preparing for the Future

ISS’ guidance and university counselling team supports students as they prepare for admisson to universities around the world. We have a long history of helping our students successfully secure acceptances from their top choices.

Students from recent graduating classes were accepted by leading institutions in Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Ireland Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom and United States, including:

Canada: McGill University
Netherlands: Delft University of Technology, University of Utrecht
Norway: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
United Kingdom: Imperial College London, University of Bath,
University of Cambridge, University College London, University of Edinburgh, University of Manchester and University of St. Andrews
United States: New York University, Texas A&M and University of Virginia