I would like to welcome you to the website for the International School of Stavanger (ISS) in Norway and thank you for your interest in our school. ISS has existed for over 50 years and is a dynamic international school associated with other established, high-achieving European international schools.
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 thriving 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 programmes (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 ISS 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 around the world. In recent years, we helped our graduates transition to post-secondary education in 15 different countries, as well as helping those who wished to attend some of Norway’s finest university programmes.
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 the parent of a recent graduate of ISS. I am grateful for the holistic educational approach provided at our school 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.
Kevin Gilmore, BA (Hons), PDP, PQP, MEd
Born in Canada, Kevin has been an educator for nearly three decades in addition to having leadership experience in both government and corporate sectors. His own graduate education is from from Canada, the UK and Australia. Kevin was previously a teacher in Canada and the UK, and he has been a school administrator for fifteen years. His experience also includes working for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization and as the Principal of School Operations for a district of 170 schools. Kevin was the High School Principal at ISS from 2016 to 2018, before being appointed Director of ISS in 2018. He recently and successfully led the school through its five-year IB Diploma re-evaluation and the final report concluded with this statement: “…we encourage you to share your school’s good practice with the IB community…” Kevin is a strong believer in the full international education experience and looks forward to leading ISS based on the school’s core values of Learning, Well-being and Community.