A small
with big

The power of
inquiry-based learning

At Sandnes International School, we offer Primary School for ages 6 – 12 years through the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), and Middle International School for ages 13 – 16 years. Currently, we are an authorised IB PYP International Baccalaureate world school. SdIS is a Candidate school for the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP). The IB World schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that SdIS believes is important for our students.  To us, this mission is not only a way to learn – it is a way of living. Only schools authorised by the IB Organisation can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted. For furhter information about hte IB and its programmes, visit www.obo.org.

We support our students as active and caring participants in their learning. Instead of practicing a traditional and rigid educational framework, we encourage to ask questions – and reach for the answers. Our innovative teaching approach includes many fun projects and fields trips, helping the students to reflect and see the bigger picture of learning.

A stimulating language

We are an English-speaking school, and both the classroom walls, teaching resources and other parts of the facilities, contributes to providing a rich, varied and stimulating language environment. Students are actively encouraged to speak English in class and are subject to differentiated instruction at an age-appropriate academic standard. We offer support to students with limited English proficiency.

Norwegian is considered central and integral to the school’s identity. Teachers with specialized Norwegian knowledge, play a vital role in the language and conceptual development of our students. As an independent school (Friskole), we comply with Norwegian legislations such as the Norwegian Education Act and relevant regulations.

A safe and healthy school environment

A well-functioning psychosocial environment reduces the risk of stress and dissatisfaction. All students are entitled to a safe and healthy school environment, promoting their wellbeing as individuals and a community they can thrive in. By this, we mean that our students should not be exposed to offensive words or acts such as bullying, discrimination, violence, racism, or exclusion at school, on the way to school, or during educational visits.