Teach your children

Research has shown that one of the most important factors that families look at when considering a move to a new area are the educational possibilities for their children. Bergen offers a range of top-quality elementary and secondary schools, including the widely respected International School of Bergen (ISB) and Bergen Katedralskole.

The Bergen Katedralskole has a long tradition of excellent educational instruction – and is arguable one of the oldest schools in the world, being established in the year 1153 by Cardinal Brekespear – who later became Pope Hadrian IV. The school was religiously affiliated until the year 1800, and since then has been a non-denominational high school.

The level of educational quality is high at the Bergen Katedralskole – and the student performance is excellent. The students at the school have some of the highest grades in western Norway. Offering studies within scientific studies, social studies, and languages, the school carries with it a prestigious reputation as a result of its deep traditions, history as well a quality of education.

June Murison, Director of
the International School of Bergen.
© Lasse Bergesen

Internationally Recognized –
& a Local Tradition
The International School of Bergen provides high standard educational programmes in English to children between the ages of 3 and 16. A non-profit foundation, ISB is open to all students – with priority admission given to internationally-mobile families who are dependent on an English-medium school. Cultural and social interaction is important for ISB, and the school also enrols children of non-mobile families who choose ISB as an alternative to the local school system. The school enrols 200 students from more than thirty different nationalities and employs 25 teachers, all holding university degrees and appropriate teaching qualifications.

The ISB educational programme has been developed to help prepare its students for a successful future, whether that future is in the Hordaland region or outside the borders of Norway. Parents also chose ISB for the English language learning environment, the small class sizes and the challenge of the International Baccalaureate programmes. According to June Murison, Director of ISB, “Our mission is to fulfil the role in Bergen to educate students to become active, compassionate learners and responsible citizens through internationally accredited programmes.”

From the very beginning in 1975, the school has had close relations with companies working in the oil industry in the North Sea, as well as key players in finance, shipping and marine technologies. These companies appreciate the importance of the presence in the Bergen region of an international school with recognized standards of quality to the recruitment of key personnel to the area.

An education at the International School of Bergen is recognized as quality far and wide. ISB was first accredited in 1985, and then re-accredited in 1995 by both the European Council of International Schools (UK) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (USA). The school is also accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

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