Admissions Regulations for Arendal International School
Approved by the AIS Board 10th September 2018
Arendal International School is an English-language private elementary and middle school open to all students from 6 to 16 years. The school wishes to attract students who have a positive attitude, are highly motivated, eager to learn and wish to participate in the challenging educational program of the International Baccalaureate. The academic year runs from mid-August through to late June.
The admission of students when the number of applications is higher than the school’s capacity is based on the following criteria
- Children of permanently employed AIS staff
- Former students returning from abroad
- International students. An international student in AIS has one or more of the requirements below:
- At least one parent is born with a non-Norwegian passport
- Student has a non-Norwegian passport
- Student has at least one non-Norwegian mother tongue
- Student does not have a permanent residency
- Siblings of students already registered in the school
- Students returning to Norway after having been enrolled in/attended school abroad
- If applicants are equal in terms of one or all of the criteria above there will be a draw between the candidates.
All students prioritized based on the criteria above will need to provide documentation upon request to prove their qualifications for prioritization.
The total enrollment of students in AIS is governed by the Directorate of Education’s overall approval of 220 students, thus the school aims to have 22 students per class. When coming close to full capacity a prioritized waiting list for students will be applied using the above criteria.
Application deadlines for admission
|January 20||Admissions for the current academic year|
|February 1||The main intake for the coming academic year for grades 2-10. The second round of admissions for grade 1. The admissions on February 1 are both for the current and next academic year.|
|March 15||Admissions for the current and next academic year|
|May 20||Admissions for the current and next academic year|
|June 15||Admissions for next academic year|
|August 10||Admissions for the upcoming academic year. Applicants for this intake need to start before October 1 to be able to keep their place.|
|September 15||Admissions for the current academic year. Applicants for this intake need to start before October 1 to be able to keep their place.|
|The main admission deadline for grade 1 students for next academic year.
All admission deadlines are at 12.00 (noon) on the listed dates and will be handled according to the admission criteria listed above. Students who are admitted need to be able to start before the next admission deadline unless otherwise stated above.
The students who are accepted for enrollment at AIS will receive an individual decision (enkeltvedtak) as a confirmation of their enrollment. The ones who have their application rejected will receive an individual decision stating this with an offer of being placed on the waiting list. If a student rejects an offer of admission or a current student withdraws their enrollment in between application deadlines and in this process makes a place at AIS available, students on the waiting list will have priority (and will be prioritized according to the criteria). Students who apply in between the application deadlines will not be considered for this place until their application has met an application deadline. Students applying in between deadlines will be included at the point of the next admission and a new priority list including all applicants meeting the application deadline at stake will be made based on the criteria in this admission policy.
Individual decision (enkeltvedtak) text:
According to the Free School Act (Friskoleloven) § 3-1 Enrollment of Students in AIS is an individual decision/ Enkeltvedtak, in accordance with the Admin Act (Forvaltningsloven) § 2. The matter has been handled according to Chapter IV and V in the Admin Act and you are entitled to see the documents linked to the case if you so wish.
If you disagree with this individual decision it can, according to the Admin Act § 27 and 28, be appealed against. The appeal should be presented to the school, either orally or in writing. The school will then deal with the appeal and either uphold or change the decision. If the appellant is satisfied with the documentation and accepts the school’s decision, the case is closed. If the appellant upholds the appeal, the school will forward the case to Fylkesmannen in Aust- and Vest Agder for final consideration. According to the Admin Act § 29 the Appeal must be presented to the school within three weeks of receipt of this letter.