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Norway has emerged as a global epicenter for premium international education. Today, international students are presented with a diverse array of esteemed schools to choose from within their borders. Among these, SDIS stands out.

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What Is an International School?

International schools in Norway, including SDIS, provide education to the diverse international community within the country. Enrolling your child in such a school is a crucial step, especially when moving to a foreign country. Selecting the right international education program is essential to ensure your child’s growth and development for future success.

At SDIS, we understand the uncertainties that come with international schooling. Questions about your children’s adjustment, relationships with classmates, and support for struggling students are common concerns. That’s where we come in. SDIS takes pride in embracing individuality, fostering teamwork, and employing innovative teaching methods to address these challenges.

International Students at SDIS: What You Need to Know

In an ever-evolving educational landscape, both teachers and students need to adapt continuously. Sandnes International School is committed to promoting creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication in all our curricula. Our affiliation with UNESCO and the Norwegian International Baccalaureate Schools, along with approval from the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training, ensures that every student receives an exceptional education.

Our goal is to offer international students in Norway a diverse educational experience that cultivates kindness, compassion, and respect. We aim to nurture confident global citizens who can thrive and face the challenges of the 21st century.

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Our Learning Environment

At SDIS, we consider the learning environment of utmost importance. As an authorized International Baccalaureate institution, we wholeheartedly embrace IB’s mission and philosophy. We prioritize proactive learning by encouraging students to ask questions and seek answers, rather than adhering to rigid educational frameworks.

Our innovative teaching practices include engaging projects and field trips, which foster proactiveness, compassion, and a lifelong love of learning. By providing a supportive psychological environment, we minimize the risk of stress and dissatisfaction, ensuring the well-being of our students.

We are committed to creating a safe and healthy learning environment where bullying, discrimination, violence, and racism are strictly prohibited.

Teaching in Mixed Groups

While we primarily use English as the medium of instruction, we recognize the importance of integrating Norwegian into our international school identity. Our Norwegian teachers play a vital role in the conceptual development of all students. We offer continuous support to students with limited English proficiency, ensuring they develop proficiency in the language.

Kindergartens in Norway

Kindergartens in Norway play a crucial role in a child’s education and social development. They equip children with essential life skills and provide a strong foundation for their educational journey. All children aged 0–5 in Norway have access to internationally accepted kindergarten education facilities. Choosing the right preschool is vital for your child’s growth and development, as it allows them to become confident learners in a safe and supportive environment.

Primary, Middle, and High School Education

At SDIS, we offer primary school for children aged 6–11, following the IB Primary Years Programme. This program empowers students to take control of their learning and fosters inquiry-based education.

Our middle school program, designed for students aged 12–16 and is based on the IB Middle Years Programme. It emphasizes intellectual challenges and encourages students to connect their learning to the real world.

Choosing the right school for your child’s education is a significant decision. SDIS is dedicated to providing a stimulating and supportive environment where students can thrive and become responsible, confident, and globally-minded individuals, ready to make a positive impact on the world.