Middle Years School

A secondary school student holding her books.

For expats seeking quality education in Norway, Sandnes International School (SDIS) offers middle school programs for students aged 12–16.

Sandnes International School is a Candidate School for the Middle Years Programme.  This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Sandnes International School believes is important for our students.

The Purpose and Goal of International Middle School

At SDIS, when students reach the age of 12, they enter our lower secondary school or middle school, where they engage in more rigorous tasks aimed at moulding them into positive contributors to society. Our middle years education program is designed to develop students into:

  • Global Leaders: We cultivate leadership qualities, enabling students to initiate and participate in socially responsible actions.
  • Entrepreneurs: By nurturing curiosity, we encourage students to generate innovative ideas with a positive global impact.
  • Communicators: We promote effective expression, attentive listening, and meaningful dialogue, fostering strong communication skills.

International Secondary Education in Norway

In accordance with Norwegian law, lower secondary school in Norway spans from ages 12 to 16. We base our curriculum on the IB’s Middle Years Programme (MYP), renowned for challenging students to bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world application.

The MYP involves diverse classes, engaging learning tasks that support independent thinking and relevant learning for each student.  Our Middle Years Programme encompasses the following subject groups:

  • Language and Literature (Offered in Norwegian and English)
  • Language acquisition (Offered in Spanish and Norwegian/English as needed)
  • Individuals and societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Design

Our educational approach prioritizes innovation over rigid examinations and learning practices. We foster a positive learning environment where students build self-esteem and value diverse opinions. Our strength lies in an inclusive approach, with teachers adjusting expectations to meet the unique needs of each student.