Oslo - Post Report Question and Answers

What is the availability of international schools? What has been your general experience with them, if any?

There are multiple international schools and our experience at both Frogner International Preschool and OIS has been excellent. - Dec 2022

The Lycee francais is good for francophones. There are a couple of international schools that go through MS. We know Oslo International School. Teaching is very standard and does not go beyond the basics. It is a British school that does the IB diploma. The school has little focus on the arts and very little sports clubs. There is a serious issue with toxic environment among kids in elementary middle and secondary ... too many wealthy Norwegian kids who are there their whole life, not international. Norway is very homogenous and white. It is a consensus society and people tend to want to be all alike and like each other. The kids are like that too. Bullying is a real problem. Teachers are dedicated and deliver good results. - May 2021

We had a great experience at Oslo International School. - Jan 2020

Every Embassy child I knew attended Oslo International School. I think most parents were content. The school is open 9am-3pm, only 180 teaching days a year with various breaks throughout the year. This makes it difficult for spouses to have a full-time job. It's not that teachers are more educated than those in US public schools. I think what helps run the school more smoothly are the ample budget, smaller classes, and lots of parents volunteering. - Dec 2016

The Oslo International School is a British IB curriculum school that most folks use and seems well-liked. I don't think they have much capacity to deal with anything beyond the most basic learning disabilities or special needs, but that could certainly change as well as be a case-by-case status. There is also a French School right downtown a few blocks from the palace, but I have no experience with it. We opted to put our son first in a local barnehage (preschool and kindergarten rolled into one) since he turned 5 right as we arrived. He was fluent in the language by our first Christmas and we opted to stay with the local public school system for our whole time. Norway just lowered the starting age for first grade from 7 to 6 in the last ten years or so. School is very play and experience-focused rather than academic, so depending on your kid's age and particular personality, this may not be the right choice for everyone. Our son has loved nearly every day and we are happy with his academic process as well. - Jun 2015

Oslo International School is the main school for expats (non-Norwegian speakers) in Oslo. I think it is a mixed bag. The primary school is not as challenging as schools in the Washington DC area, but once they get to secondary school it tends to get more challenging. The primary and secondary schools follow the IB curriculum. - Aug 2011

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