FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Kongsberg International School

General information about KIS

What are the school hours?

Lessons start at 09.00 and finish at 15.00 for both the Primary and Middle Years.

How big are the classes at KIS?

All classes from Grade 1-10 have a maximum of 20 students.

Do you have children from many different countries at the school?

Around 30 different nationalities are represented by our students, although many come from Scandinavia.

Is there a canteen where children can eat their lunch?

No, children bring their own packed lunches and snacks and eat in their classrooms supervised by their teacher.

Do the children wear a uniform?

Yes, the children wear a school polo shirt or sweatshirt. Please see the uniform section of the website for further details.

Do children have to be fluent in English to attend KIS?

No. KIS strives to meet the needs of a diverse student body. We therefore aim to offer English as an Additional Language support for students with little or no previous exposure to English. In order to facilitate this, English classes in the Middle School are divided into groups according to fluency. In the Primary School, students are given support on a case by case basis. As the language of instruction in all classes except Norwegian is English, it is important that prospective students recognize English as the language of focus for communication in the school and that progress towards advanced fluency is expected.

 

Primary Years Programme

Do the children go out on field trips?

Yes. We like to extend learning beyond the classroom and take advantage of all that Kongsberg/Norway have to offer. Our Grade 1 and 2 students take a closer look in and around Kongsberg itself while our older students have spent time looking at a variety of museums, sites and venues in Norway.

In addition to English, what other languages are offered in the Primary School?

Norwegian. We run two sets for Norwegian throughout the Primary School - Norwegian A for native or strong speakers, and Norwegian B for beginners.

Do you offer Before and After School Supervision?

Yes. Before and After School Supervision (SFO) runs from 07.30 to 09.00 and from 15.00 until 16.45. For more information please click here.

 

Middle Years Programme

What are KIS students like?

KIS students are willing to incorporate the KIS mission statement and the IB Learner Profile into their way of thinking and working. They are willing to use English as their primary medium for communication in the classroom and to be brave as communicators. They are willing to think critically and conceptually, and to take considered risks, pushing beyond their own comfort zone. KIS students come from a range of community, family and cultural backgrounds. They come from a variety of educational experiences, and are willing to embark on a new stage in an educational journey. They feel valued for who they are, but participate actively in the pursuit of excellence and personal growth.

How difficult is the MYP at KIS?

The MYP is a program with non-selective but rigorous standards. While prior subject knowledge is not typically a criterion for success in the MYP, the ability to think conceptually and to question assumptions is a good predictor that the learning environment at KIS is an appropriate choice.

Why are "important" subjects not given more focus?

It is an aspect of the IB philosophy and the design of the MYP Programme that all eight MYP subjects be considered of equal value. In stressing interdisciplinary thinking and our own focus on the student finding their element, we believe that a balanced program allows students to develop their individuality, their own unique potential, and to retain an open mind in which solutions sometimes come from other fields of study and from unexpected places.

How are grades given?

Grades are criterion-related, meaning that assessed tasks are always modelled on established goals and on matching the criteria to evidence in the student’s work. Students are familiar with the standard criteria for achievement in each subject and are expected to use it to guide their work. Task design is based on students having opportunities to reach the highest levels, and to allow for different approaches to a task, giving credit for different ways of demonstrating strength. A point total is calculated from the criteria scores and converted on a 1-7 scale for a final mark. All semester marks are based on multiple judgments against the criteria to reflect a trend.

How are language placements made?

Language placements are based on a variety of factors but are primarily based on testing conducted at the beginning of each school year and at other times as needed. Students are placed in Language Acquisition or Language and Literature on a best-fit basis, with the MYP Programme requirement that all students must have at least one language of study at the level of Language & Literature (Language A). Those new to the KIS MYP sometimes perceive Language Acquisition (Language B) as a lesser course, but this is not supported in the teaching of either course. Students are sometimes perceived as fluent, e.g. conversationally, before they are ready for literary analysis, and though students move from Language B to Language A, it is our goal to place students on a language continuum that gives them the richest possible experience appropriate to their stage of growth.

Do students need to live close to Kongsberg to attend KIS?

Students who attend KIS come to Kongsberg from many surrounding areas, including as far away as Oslo. As KIS develops initiatives that go beyond normal teaching hours, students may be involved in activities after school and occasionally on weekends. Commuting time does add to the logistics of attendance at KIS and is something families need to be prepared for, but it is quite ‘normal’ within the school to come to KIS from some distance.

 

Preschool

Kongsberg International Preschool is a separate organization. For information regarding the programme for children aged 3-5, please contact the Preschool directly.