Kristiansand International School
Kongsgård alle 20, Kristiansand, 4631, Norway
|Head of School||Mark Case|
|Date Appointed||August 2013|
|Language of Instruction||English|
|Co-ed Age Range||6-16|
|Number of pupils||153|
|Average Class Size||18|
|Authorised IB Programmes||IBMYP, IBPYP|
|MYP Coordinator||Susan Heiseldal|
|PYP Coordinator||Tabitha Ford|
Kristiansand International School (KIS) opened in January 2008 with just five teachers and 15 students. The school was founded to serve the needs of the international business community in Kristiansand, as the flourishing businesses in and around Kristiansand attract engineers and professionals from around the world in sectors including the oil, chemical, renewable energy and education industries. In the nine years since the school opened, KIS has expanded and now offers an international education to around 150 students from more than 30 countries, taught by 22 staff members representing 8 countries.
The school offers an international education from 1st to 10th grade, following the curricula and philosophy of the International Baccalaureate (IB), and was authorised to offer both the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the Middle Years Programme (MYP) in 2011. All learning at the school follows the philosophy and practices of the IB, although the school is required to cover the learning outcomes of the Norwegian National Curriculum in the subjects of Religion and Ethics, and in Norwegian language for students who learn Norwegian as a second language. For students who study Norwegian Language and Literature (as a first language), the school follows the IB curriculum, but also uses the Norwegian National Curriculum as guidance, although our students receive less instruction in Norwegian than they would in a state school.
Places at the school are prioritised for international families in line with the school's terms and conditions and admissions policy. The school was initially opened as a state or public school,but is now a private school under section 2:12 of Norway's Education Act. The school is owned by Stiftelsen (foundation) Kristiansand International School, but remains fee-free, thanks to generous support from both Kristiansand Kommune (Council) and various companies who sponsor the school's foundation.