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High School programme at Skagerak International School

Skagerak International School offers a three year high school curriculum programme. The first year is a one year Year 11/Foundations Year/Norwegian VG1 Studiespesialisering course and the second and third year consists of the two year IB Diploma Programme (DP).

Year 11 / Foundation Year / Norwegian VG1 Studiespesialisering

The Year 11 programme is for students who have completed the Norwegian 10th grade (10. klasse) or its equivalent. As well as developing core skills and completing the requirements for the Norwegian VG1 Studiespesialiserende , this first year gives students an opportunity to develop their abilities in subjects they may have had little background in previously, but which they may wish to take at in the Diploma programme. An important aim of the year is the development of students' abilities in English, which is the language of instruction.

VG1 Studiespesialisering follows the Norwegian curriculum set by the Ministry of Education, Kunnskapsdepartement. The programme is taught in English and provides the foundation required for students entering into the Diploma programme. A certificate (Kompetansebevis) will be granted upon completion.

VG1Studiespesialisering consists of the following subjects:

  • English
  • Norwegian
  • German/French/Spanish
  • Geography
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics 1P/1T
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Students are also expected to participate in the school’s Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) programme.

Here is the link to the subject plan in detail, Norwegian only.

Vg1 students may be selected for a written or oral examination. The written examination is prepared and assessed centrally, whereas the oral examination is prepared and assessed locally. More information in Norwegian only, is available on the homepage of Vestfold fylkeskommune.

IB Diploma Programme (DP)

The IB Diploma Progamme (DP) is a rigorous pre-university course of studies for highly motivated secondary school students that leads to examinations. It is a comprehensive two-year curriculum that generally allows students to fulfill requirements of various national education systems. IB diploma holders gain admission to universities and colleges throughout the world.

A new parent portal has recently been launched by the International Baccalaureate and helps parents of all three programmes to find answers to common questions, links and resources: IB information for parents

The diploma model incorporates the best elements of several national systems. Each student's performance is measured against well-defined levels of achievement. Top grades reflect attainment of knowledge and skills relative to set standards which are applied equally to all schools. Responsibility for all academic judgments about the quality of candidates' work rests with 3,400 examiners worldwide.

Students study six subjects, choosing one subject from each group so that their course load consists of three Higher Level (HL) subjects and three Standard Level (SL) subjects. In addition, students must complete the requirements of the Core Elements. The following subjects are available at Skagerak:

Group 1 - Studies in Language and Literature

Norwegian A Language and Literature HL / SL

English A Language & Literature HL / SL

Group 2 - Language Acquisition

Norwegian B HL / SL

English B HL

Group 3 - Individuals and Societies

Economics HL / SL

History HL / SL

Psychology HL/ SL

Group 4 - Sciences

Biology HL / SL

Physics HL / SL

Environmental Systems & Societies SL

Group 5 - Mathematics

Mathematics A&A HL / SL

Mathematics A&I HL / SL

Group 6 - The Arts

Visual Arts HL / SL

Spanish Ab Initio SL

Spanish/French B SL

Chemistry HL / SL

Core Elements

    • FriMay14 School holiday

      School closed

    • MonMay17 Public holiday

      17th May - school closed

    • MonMay24 Public holiday

      school closed

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