I would like to send a warm welcome to everyone who has taken the time to visit our school’s website. Thank you for wishing to learn more about our school community.
Founded in 1966, the International School of Stavanger (ISS) has a long and strong tradition of serving the needs of those seeking an English-language education in the dynamic greater Stavanger region.
With more than 500 students representing approximately 50 nationalities from six continents, ISS truly is a crossroads of diversity. The largest nationalities are American, British and Norwegian citizens, with substantial numbers of students from Australia, Canada, France, India, Italy, Germany, Poland and The Netherlands.
ISS offers students and families not just a school, but also a diverse, active, positive, supportive and engaged learning community where our core values of Learning, Well-being and Community influence every aspect of the ISS experience.
Our vision reminds us that we strive to “inspire a community of responsible, globally engaged, empowered learners”. On this site, you will find evidence of some of the ways we work together to accomplish that vision.
From its inception, 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.
Our international curriculum has been carefully designed to stretch our students whilst in Stavanger and prepare them for universities around the world, continuing education programs (for another international assignment or return to a home country), and beyond.
Both the IB Diploma and the IGCSEs (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) are available for High School students and many years of strong results underscore the dedication of our students and teachers working together.
ISS has successfully prepared students for:
- British IGCSE examinations over 30 years
- International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme over 20 years
- International School Assessments (the international school version of the PISA assessments) for nearly 15 years
This has enabled our student body to successfully transition to and from both national and international educational systems, as well as gain admission to competitive universities and colleges across the world.
In keeping with our vision and mission, 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 with a multitude of after-school activities that seeks to meet the needs of the whole child, nurturing their well-being and fostering a strong sense of community.
With a world-class staff, a wonderfully supportive Board of Trustees, extensive facilities, an active and positive Parent Association, and a remarkable student body, ISS has much to offer families in the Greater Stavanger Region. I know this, not only in my professional capacity, but also as a parent of two children who attend ISS. I am grateful for the holistic educational approach they experience on a day-to-day basis.
Our Admissions Office works with prospective students and parents throughout the year. You can either call 51 55 43 00 or submit an enquiry online for an appointment. If you are passing by, please do not hesitate to drop in for a visit.
I encourage you to explore our website and Facebook page to learn more about us. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Children are at the centre of what we do, and if they succeed, then we succeed.
Gareth L Jones B.Ed (Hons), MBA
Gareth Jones, Director
Hailing from Wales, Gareth has been in international education for nearly three decades, including administrative positions at St. John’s in Brussels, New Cairo British International School in Egypt, Munich International School and The British International School in Shanghai. At ISS, for seven years he served as High School Principal and Deputy Director before moving into the role of Director in August 2015. Gareth has been instrumental in furthering the school’s strategic planning, steering its successful re-accreditation process and growing the school’s more inclusive and holistic approach to education. He is focusing on creating an environment that seeks to nurture the “whole child” – academically, socially, emotionally and physically.