Admission Policy and Process
Admissions Regulations for Arendal International School, approved by the AIS Board 30th November 2016
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.
Criteria for admission, in prioritised order, if the number of applications is higher than the school’s capacity:
- Children of permanently employed AIS staff.
- Former students returning from abroad.
- International students. An international student at 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 permanent residency in Norway
- 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 prioritised based on the criteria above will need to provide documentation upon request to prove their qualifications.
The Main Application Deadline for the coming Academic year is 1st February. However, later/other applications will be dealt with according to the same criteria as listed above. Admissions for the current academic year will be decided on the following dates: 20th January, 1st April (current and next school year), 20th June, 10th August, 25th August, 20th September and 1st December, all application deadlines are at 12.00 noon.
The total enrolment of students at 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 prioritised waiting list for students will be applied using the above criteria.
The students who are accepted for enrolment at AIS will receive an individual decision (enkeltvedtak) as a confirmation of their enrolment. 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 enrolment 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 prioritised 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 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.