IB World School in Telemark

IST are an IB World School and offer the primary (PYP) and middle years (MYP) programmes of the International Baccalaureate (IB) to students from all over the world. IST is also a member of the European Council of International Schools, the Council of International Schools and a regular member of the Nordic Network of International Schools.
We are an exciting and fast growing international school situated in Porsgrunn, an attractive coastal town in Vestfold-Telemark County, Norway. There are over 25 different nationalities among the students, parents and staff of IST. The school was established in 2004 and has steadily grown over the last 15 years to have 200 students from Grade 1 to Grade 10. Our school is open to all students and is private, meaning that we offer a fully recognised alternative educationally and social programme. Our fees are very low for a private school and we are inclusive in welcoming all students interested in international, progressive and English language education.

Our whole school and community focus is on having an excellent and safe school learning environment for students, through our core goal of quality learning and wellbeing for all. This focus includes also the important values of respect, resilience, responsibility and reliability.

What IST has to offer

  • High quality international education in small classes
  • Very high staff to student ratio
  • A caring, stimulating and pleasant school building and classes
  • A challenging and stimulating curriculum in a multi-cultural international environment
  • Exciting and creative teaching that engages students and responds to their diverse skills and needs
  • Excellent Grade 10 results (Grunnskolepoeng) for preparation to Videregående skole (upper secondary school), university and work life
  • The use of English as the main working language of the school
  • Well qualified, dedicated and professional staff
  • Strong links to other international schools and the IB in the region, nationally and beyond
  • The promotion of Norwegian as the host country language, and of both international and Norwegian culture
  • Strong links and cooperation with business, administration and the local community in Vestfold-Telemark
  • Approval by Utdanningsdirekoratet (The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training) and full compliance with the private school legal framework

What IST has to offer

  • High quality international education in small classes
  • Very high staff to student ratio
  • A caring, stimulating and pleasant school building and classes
  • A challenging and stimulating curriculum in a multi-cultural international environment
  • Exciting and creative teaching that engages students and responds to their diverse skills and needs
  • Excellent Grade 10 results (Grunnskolepoeng) for preparation to Videregående skole (upper secondary school), university and work life
  • The use of English as the main working language of the school
  • Well qualified, dedicated and professional staff
  • Strong links to other international schools and the IB in the region, nationally and beyond
  • The promotion of Norwegian as the host country language, and of both international and Norwegian culture
  • Strong links and cooperation with business, administration and the local community in Vestfold-Telemark
  • Approval by Utdanningsdirekoratet (The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training) and full compliance with the private school legal framework
  • Strong links to other international schools and the IB in the region, nationally and beyond
  • The promotion of Norwegian as the host country language, and of both international and Norwegian culture
  • Strong links and cooperation with business, administration and the local community in Vestfold-Telemark
  • Approval by Utdanningsdirekoratet (The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training) and full compliance with the private school legal framework