• Holistic and inclusive international, English-language school and welcoming community for students in Pre-School-Grade 12 (age 3-18)
  • An internationally accredited education for families in greater Stavanger, Norway – one of the safest, most prosperous, and beautiful countries in the world
  • Over 20 years of delivering the universally recognised International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
  • The school offers English as an Additional Language and language programmes, learning support, guidance and counselling and incredible extra-curricular and athletic programmes
  • Values Learning, Well-being and Community (ISS philosophy)
  • Non-profit school administered by a Director and governed by a Board of Trustees


  • Founded in 1966
  • Initially established for the families of oil pioneers leading the North Sea exploration
  • Third international school in the world to be accredited by the Council of International Schools in 1974
  • From the beginning, the school experience has been shaped by the children’s needs and interests

Size and Diversity (as of September 2017)

  • Capacity for 850 students from Pre-School-Grade 12
  • Nearly 50 countries represented across the student body
  • 18% hold Norwegian citizenship, 19% U.S. citizenship and 10% U.K. citizenship (includes dual citizens)
  • One of the largest international schools in Scandinavia with four sections to support students in their stages of growth and learning
  • 1:9 teacher-to-student ratio

Faculty and Staff

  • 120 caring staff representing 24 nationalities
  • 73 experienced faculty representing 17 nationalities
  • 46 (63%) of faculty hold a master’s degree or doctorate in addition to their bachelor’s degree

Accreditations and Authorisations

  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and Council of International Schools (CIS)
  • Authorised to offer the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme
  • Authorised status from the Kingdom of Norway via the Education Act


  • Early Childhood, Primary and Middle School: Cross-cultural curriculum with standards and benchmarks based on intentional systems from Europe, North America and Australia
  • High School: International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) for Grades 9-10 and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) for Grades 11-12


  • English as the general language of instruction
  • Robust English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme
  • Norwegian class as a first and foreign language
  • French and Spanish as foreign language options
  • After-school first language programmes for Dutch, German and Italian speakers
  • After-school first language programmes for other languages, such as French and Spanish, are available based on demand
  • 43 languages (first/second/third) are represented across our student body

Sports and Activities

  • An extensive extra-curricular and athletics programme emphasising participation and inclusivity
  • Field trips, outdoor education, language immersion, music and theatre festivals, service learning, academic travel and more
  • Outdoor education and activities, including camping, hiking, skiing and Middle School trips to Hardanger, Trysil and Fevik

Location and Campus

  • Located in southwest Norway where both ocean and mountains are within a short drive
  • Access to both city and country living, supported by ISS school bus transportation
  • Spacious 6-hectare campus, not too far from the beautiful and historic Hafrsfjord
  • Well-equipped campus with dedicated facilities: 9 science lab/classrooms; 370-seat theatre; a dance and drama studio; 2 libraries (EC/PS and MS/HS); language and technology labs; a sports complex with 4 indoor gyms, 400-meter track, rugby, football/soccer, softball and baseball fields as well as fitness facilities
  • Inviting cafeteria serving healthy, hot and cold selections, including vegetarian options
  • Several technology labs, a 1-to-1 iPad programme in the Middle School and personal Mac Book Air laptops in the High School 

Academic Achievements (High School Level)

  • In 2014, two students achieved an impressive 45 points out of a maximum of 45 for their IB Diploma score
  • In 2015, six students achieved 40 points or higher out of the maximum of 45 for their IB Diploma score and one student achieved 44 points
  • For students achieving the IB Diploma in 2016, the mean score of 31 points ranks above the world average of 30 and a 5.1 rolling subject average compared to a world subject average of 4.7
  • More finalists than any other school in Norway in the annual Norwegian Unge Forskere (Young Scientists/Researchers) competition between 2012-2016
  • In 2017, the ISS mean IB Diploma score of 33 ranked well above the world average and (see more statistics)

University Acceptances

  • Students from recent graduating classes were accepted by leading institutions in 15 countries – Canada, Germany, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Norway, Poland, Singapore, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States.
  • Universities of acceptance include:
    • Canada: McGill University, University British Columbia
    • Netherlands: Delft University of Technology, University of Utrecht
    • Norway: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University of Stavanger
    • United Kingdom: Imperial College London, King’s College London, University of Cambridge, University College London, University of Edinburgh, University of Manchester
    • United States: New York University, Texas A&M, University of Virginia and U.S. Military Academy at West Point

I feel ISS was the place I discovered who I was as an individual and a person. As someone who works in oil and gas now I can only hope if I ever have children that I can get them the same experience or setting. – ISS Graduate (’09)