The IB Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
Arendal International School (AIS) was the first English-medium primary and middle school in Norway funded by the local authorities. AIS is now a privately funded school under the governance of Stiftelsen Arendal Internasjonale Skole, which offers an English language education programmes for students from age 6 to 16. The school opened in August 2006 with 20 students ranging from 6-13 years, and has now become an official IB World School offering the Primary and Middle Years programmes.
AIS is now offering the two IB programmes to over 180 students of 50 nationalities by a staff with roots in more than 14 countries. Many of our students have a Norwegian heritage, but the social language among students is mostly English and Norwegian.
Our philosophy is that students learn most effectively in a challenging, interactive environment, so we aim to provide a relevant, stimulating education that will help them relate their classroom experience to the real world. We place a high value on students becoming adaptable, confident and active members of society. We encourage creative thinking, the acquisition of problem-solving skills and a life-long love of learning to best prepare them to meet future challenges.
The following extra curricular activities have been offered during a set period or throughout this school year:
AIS Sports Day, Operation Daywork, International Evening, UN-day Celebration, National Day Celebration, Work Experience Week, AIS Talent Show, Drama club, Cooking Club, Girls’ group.
The school encourages students to engage with and explore other cultures.