AIS is open to Norwegian and international students alike. We are a private school and are governed by the Norwegian educational system.
The student body consists of girls and boys originating from more than forty different nations and cultures with the common goal of wanting to learn in an international setting, practising the ethos of the IB learner profile and communicating in different languages.
Approved by the AIS Board 7th September 2021
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.
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, therefore the school aims to have no more than 22 students per class. When coming close to full capacity a prioritized waiting list for students will be applied using the above criteria.
|January 20||Admissions for the current academic year|
|February 1st||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|
|December 1st||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.
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.
Anyone can apply to AIS, Norwegians as well as international students.
Yes, you can apply from abroad. Please note that having a work permit or residency permit is not a requirement for us to be able to accept students at our school, however, the Norwegian Government is very strict regarding these permits. Unfortunately, having a place at our school will not in any way help you in gaining a residency permit. Your parents would need to have a valid employment contract in Norway before applying for any such permits. We are unable to offer boarding facilities at our school.
No, having a place at our school will not help you move to Norway. Your parents must have an Employment Contract and a Work Permit before being able to move to Norway.
Please see this table to determine the correct grade to apply for, based on birth year and school year. The students’ grade levels in Norway are determined by their birth year, regardless of which years they have been through in other countries prior to entering Norway.
It is essential for the school to provide good Norwegian education for our students, for both native speakers and international students. We provide Language and Literature for native speakers and Language Acquisition lessons for language learners. Our Norwegian language lessons are crucial for the student’s introduction to Norwegian culture as language is essential for the student’s inclusion in the larger community. All of our Norwegian teachers are bilingual in Norwegian and English.
All students who attend AIS can transfer to Norwegian schools at a later point if they so wish. This goes for those who graduate grade 10 as well as those who transfer to other Norwegian schools at any time during their education. The grade 10 students will have their IB grades converted into the Norwegian system for their high school applications.
The annual school fees for the 2022/23 school year is NOK 23 100,-. For families with more than two children at the school, there is a discount. School fees can be paid in 1, 2 or 10 instalments. The school fees are adjusted by the Board’s decision annually every August, in accordance with the consumer price index.
No, we do not ask you to take any tests before we accept you at AIS.
Yes, normally the PPT will be contacted when a child requiring extra help joins AIS and the Individual Plan will continue at our school too.