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Kristiansand International School

Kristiansand International School

Kongsgård alle 20, 4631 Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, Norway

+47 95826601



Kristiansand International School
School type Co-educational Day
Founded 2008
Status Private
Head of School Mark Case
Date Appointed August 2013
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 6-16 years
Number of pupils 194
Average Class Size 18
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:8
Authorised IB Programmes IBMYP, IBPYP
MYP Coordinator Susan Heiseldal
PYP Coordinator Jeremy Youell

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 years since the school opened, KIS has expanded and now offers an international education to 200 students from more than 30 countries, with 28 staff members representing 9 countries.

Academically, the school was authorised to offer both the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the Middle Years Programme (MYP) in 2011 and offers an international education from 1st to 10th grade. All learning at the school follows the curricula and philosophy of the IB programmes, and we ensure that our curriculum meets or exceeds the expected learning outcomes of the Norwegian National Curriculum. The school aims to provide an engaging learning environment for our mixed body of students, with approaches to learning and teaching that focus on the development of international mindedness and fostering a passion for learning.

Throughout the school, there is a focus on understanding approaches to learning and helping students to build a deep knowledge of both the interconnected world that we live in and their own needs and preferences for creating understanding. The Service and Action programme runs through the school to create learners who appreciate the importance of giving back to the community and an abiding concern for the future of our world. With many students living outside their own culture, or having moved at vulnerable points in their lives, we have built a strong focus on student wellbeing, supported by the Random Acts of Kindness Programme studied in all grades.

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.