Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How many students attend TRINT?
As of autumn semester 2017 there are 95 students enrolled in TRINT.

Where is the school located?
The school building is located in Breivika in connection to Breivika Videregående Skole. Gym is in Krafthallen at the University of Tromsø, swimming is in Stakkevollan pool and the home economy is in Breivika Videregående skole.

How much is the tuition fee?
The tuition per year is 21 000 kr, divided by 10 months.

Does the school provide after school care?
Yes, for a fee, the school offers after school care (SFO) every school day from 07.30 – 16.30.

What are the school opening hours?
The school hours are 08.00 – 16.00 every school day. SFO have extended opening hours are 07.30 – 16.30.

How big are the classes at TRINT?
TRINT strives to keep the class size to an average of 15 students. Currently the 10 grades are divided into 5 classes, grade 1-2, grade 3 – 4, grade 5-6 in the PYP and grade 7-8 and 9-10 in MYP.

Are the students entitled to have a school bus card?
Yes, students at private schools are entitled to school transport in the same way as students at public schools. Therefore if students live farther than 4 km from school so they fulfill the requirements for school transport. For the 1st grade students, the qualifying distance is 2 km.

How many nationalities are there in the school?
There are 26 nationalities in TRINT, at present, including the staff.

What is IBO?
IB is the abbreviation for International Baccalaureate, which is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programs. TRINT offers two of these programs: PYP and MYP. The school has to be authorized by the IB International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to offer any of these programs. The IBO has a high standard of teaching, pedagogical leadership and student achievement. There are more than 4000 IB-schools worldwide, and the pedagogical philosophy is highly recommended all around the world. In Norway, to be allowed to run an international school with state support, the school has to follow IB.  To learn more about the IB, please check: www.ibo.org

Do children have to be fluent in English to attend TRINT?
No. Although the teaching language is English, there is no need for any further knowledge in the language. TRINT will adapt the education and give additional language support for students with little or no previous exposure to English.

What is a “typical” student at TRINT?
There is a wide variety of students in TRINT. There is a mix between boys and girls, Norwegians and foreigners and the students are mostly, equally divided between the classes. A high percentage of the students are bilingual (speak two languages).

What is the grading system used in TRINT?
Grading is a tool that the school uses to assess the students. The grading starts at 7th grade and is given on a scale from 1 to 7 where 7 is the highest.

Is there a canteen where the students can eat buy food?
No, children bring their own lunch packet. We encourage the students to bring a healthy lunch and a snack (for example a fruit or vegetable).

How is the application process?
Step 1: The prospective family fills out an application form, which can be found under the “admission” section on the school web page.
Step 2: The school and the prospective family schedule a meeting or conduct a phone conversation if that is more convenient.
Step 3: The family signs the school contract, and officially be becomes a part of the school community.

Is it possible to enroll in the middle of the school year?
Yes, a student may enroll in the middle of the semester, and does not have to wait until the next academic year.

What about TRINT and “nynorsk”?
TRINT, along with the other international schools in Norway, has approved teaching plans that do not include nynorsk as the secondary Norwegian language.

How is it with the graduating students and progress to high school?
The students that graduate from TRINT apply for high school the same way that other graduating students apply. Some students choose to continue with the IB Diplom program elsewhere in Norway, while others choose to attend a local high school.

What is MYP and PYP?
The PYP is short for Primary Years Programme, the equivalent to primary education and which is offered from 1st grade – 6th grade.  The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.
The MYP is short for Middle years programme and is our middle school from 7th grade – 10th grade. The MYP is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.