Preparing students for university, life and beyond, the curriculum in the High School is holistic, personalised and academically challenging.


International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

ISS offers the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) programme through the University of Cambridge for students in Grades 9 and 10.

The IGCSE programme is an internationally recognised qualification for this age group and similar to national qualifications in many European countries. It promotes international mindedness, understanding and critical thinking.

IGCSE subjects include:

  • Art and Design
  • Coordinated Sciences – Double Award (integrated course including Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  • Computer Science
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • English as an Additional Language
  • English First Language
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Maths – Extended and Core
  • Spanish

Review the IGCSE course overviews.

ISS IGCSE Results 2018.


International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme

In Grades 11 and 12, students follow the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, which is internationally recognised as an excellent preparation for university studies.

ISS is the only international school in Stavanger with more than 20 years of experience delivering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Our results in internal examinations are consistently above average. The school’s record of achievement is directly related to the excellent quality of our teachers and programme.

Why do so many students choose the IB Diploma Programme at ISS?

IB Diploma subjects at ISS include:

Group 1 – Language A1 English Language and Literature (SL / HL)

English Literature (SL / HL)

Norwegian Language and Literature (SL / HL)

School-supported Self-Taught Language and Literature (SL)

Group 2 – Language A2, B and ab initio English B (SL / HL)

French B (SL / HL)

Norwegian B (SL / HL)

Spanish B (SL / HL)

Spanish ab initio (SL)

Group 3 – Individuals and Societies Economics (SL / HL)

Geography (SL / HL)

History (SL / HL)

Psychology (SL / HL)

Group 4 – Experimental Sciences Biology (SL / HL)

Chemistry (SL / HL)

Physics (SL / HL)

Group 5 – Mathematics Mathematics (SL / HL)

Mathematics Studies (SL)

Group 6 – Arts and Electives Design Technology (SL / HL)

Visual Arts (SL / HL)

*SL = Standard Level / HL = Higher Level

Additionally, students can use Pamoja, an IB-authorised online course provider, to take classes such as Business Management, Film and Information Technology in a Global Society, amongst others.



One of our special co-curricular and collaborative initiatives in the High School is ‘Horizons.’ ‘Horizons’ is a three-day educational experience for Grades 9-12 that complements our ISS Advisory and academic programmes.

Over three days, students work together in multi-grade crews, attend workshops, experience an off-site activity and design a common project. Not only does ‘Horizons’ provide unique opportunities to practise critical and creative thinking but it is also a great way to bring our High School community together. Watch ‘Horizons’-related video.

I not only gained a top-notch education … I have also maintained lifetime friendships. – ISS Graduate (1977)