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Welcome from Head of School

Welcome to Kongsberg International School, an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School located in a technology town, beautiful Kongsberg in the South-East of Norway! As Head of School, I am excited to lead a nurturing and multi-cultural community of students and staff who are genuinely passionate about learning and actively engaging in and contributing positively to the world around them. I’m driven by a desire to work in a school where staff and students are thriving, actively engaged in learning, and feeling part of a valuable and meaningful community.

At KIS we offer both the primary (PYP) and middle years (MYP) programmes of the IB. We have exceptional, well-qualified and experienced staff members who work collaboratively to offer students a high-quality educational experience. Our classes are small, and we are dedicated to supporting the academic, personal, and social development of every student and foster an environment with a strong focus on well-being, where everyone feels valued.

The school was established in 2003 and has over 190 students from Grade 1 to Grade 10. The language of instruction is English, and we are proud to be a non-selective, state-funded independent school. There are over 39 different nationalities among the students, parents and staff, and the school is shaped by the spirit of community where all stakeholders, students, teachers, parents, and the wider community, work together towards our shared vision.


We actively seek opportunities to connect with the local and global community and learn together with others in real-life contexts and situations, and we strive to empower learners to put learning into responsible action. In our school you will see it as active participation in events and projects in the local and wider community, a wide range of outdoor experiences, exciting and powerful student-initiated projects, and multiple opportunities for students to take leadership within a vibrant and ambitious curriculum.

As we are faced with multiple complex challenges in the world today, the IB aspires to foster internationally minded, compassionate lifelong learners who will aim to create innovative solutions to tackle our global issues.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our school, we encourage you to contact us. I’m looking forward to seeing you here at KIS!

Warm regards,

Hilde Bakken

Head of School

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