Frequently Asked Questions
What is Tromsø International School?
Tromsø International School is a partially state funded independent school offering the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme to students in grades 1-6 and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme to students in grades 7-10. Tromsø International School is an authorized IB World School. The school was founded in 2010 by the local municipality, Tromsø kommune, local businesses and local non-governmental organizations. Our first 11 students joined us in January 2011 and we have grown year-on-year since, currently counting 120 students. Our first language of instruction is English, and we have a bilingual focus where all students aim for fluency in both English and Norwegian. We are the northernmost IB school in the world, located at Breiviklia 1, with UiT, Norway’s Arctic University, and the University Hospital of Northern Norway (UNN) as our closest neighbours.
Is Tromsø International School only a school for international students?
Not at all. In fact, most of our students speak Norwegian as a first language. Many of our students come from Norwegian kindergartens or have attended Norwegian schools before joining Tromsø International School. We facilitate for both English and Norwegian second language learners through immersion and differentiation. Our programmes foster international mindedness and intercultural awareness within all aspects of school life. We are proud of our multinational classrooms, teaching body and the sense of international mindedness that makes up our school culture of intercultural understanding and respect.
Who can apply for a school place at Tromsø International School? Is there a selection criterion and how much does it cost?
We offer education to students of mandatory schooling age (the year the student turns 6 to the year the student turns 16). All students who are of mandatory schooling age and who have the right to live in Norway will be offered a school place if there is available space in the class. Applications received before 01.12 the year before the student starts school will be managed in the first intake, by the following prioritised admissions criterion:
- Children of TRINT staff and board members
- Siblings of TRINT students
- Application date
Applications received after the first intake will be prioritised by application date. We accept applications throughout the year if places are available.
The school fees are 22 000 kr per year, with reduced fees for siblings. We also offer scholarships for families who find themselves financially constrained.
Does Tromsø International School cater to all students?
At Tromsø International School, we value our students’ diversity and provide them equal opportunities to engage in the curriculum. We are committed to creating an inclusive learning environment, so they can affirm their identity and ‘reach their full potential.’ We do this by:
- developing a healthy and protective environment
- accepting who they are and valuing their strengths and prior knowledge
- granting them full access to the IB programmes and assistive technology
- collaborating and taking into consideration their choices about learning
- encouraging them to view learning as something they do in a ‘proactive’ way
- making assessment ongoing, diverse and relevant for them
- scaffolding / differentiating tasks according their needs
- creating individual plans and collaborating with the SEN teachers and / or assistants
As educators of all students, we embrace the above-mentioned practices as a shared responsibility. We believe that students have an equal right to education regardless of their gender, social, cultural background or special needs. Furthermore, we provide them every opportunity to succeed at school and reach the highest level of personal achievement possible.
What is the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP)?
The PYP is the curriculum framework designed for our students in grades 1-6. The PYP transdisciplinary framework focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both at school and beyond. Informed by research into how students learn, how educators teach, and the principles and practice of effective assessment, the programme places a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning. The PYP is underpinned by six transdisciplinary themes around which learning is planned. These are:
- Who we are
- Where we are in place and time
- How we express ourselves
- How we organize ourselves
- Sharing the planet
These themes are selected for their relevance to the real world. They are described as transdisciplinary because they focus on issues that go across subject areas. Based on the transdisciplinary themes, the teachers develop a programme of inquiry. The teachers work together to develop investigations into important ideas, which require a substantial and high level of involvement on the part of students.
What is the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP)?
The MYP is the curriculum framework designed for our students in grades 7-10. The MYP is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for success in further study and in life. The MYP aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning. The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers.
The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents. Research shows that students participating in the MYP:
- Build confidence in managing their own learning
- Learn by doing, connecting the classroom to the larger world
- Develop an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens.
What do I do if I want to learn more?
We welcome you to attend our Open Evening on Wednesday 05.12.2018 at 18.00. Here, you will get to meet members of the school leadership team and teachers and watch their presentations. You may also contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in visiting the school in the form of a meeting or a school trial.