British national curriculum:

Birralee International School adheres to the British national approach to education.

International Baccalaureate programme:

Trondheim International School adheres to the International Baccalaureate programme.

Other schools:

Municipal schools and Steiner School.
The bilingual play school at Stavne

Preschools and kindergartens

Preschool/kindergarten applications

Children starting preschool in August have to apply by March 1 of that year.

It is possible to apply for preschool/kindergarten before moving to Norway and without an ID number. Parents who need help with kindergarten or school applications because of language difficulties or lack of ID number can contact "Oppvekstkontoret" (school and kindergarten admissions service) for help:

Phone: (+47) 72542510 | Address: Erling Skakkes gate 14 (Bytorget) | Email | web

All kindergartens in Trondheim

The Norwegian school system

Simply stated, the Norwegian school system begins with an offering of preschool/daycare (barnehage in Norwegian) to children aged 1 to 5.  There is no formal kindergarten per se. This is a play-based programme where the focus is on social skills and fun learning. There is a strong emphasis on outdoor play - rain, sleet, snow, sun or mid-winter dark, children play outside during preschool hours. 

Primary school
At age 6, children start at a local primary school ("barneskole" in Norwegian) that is within walking distance of the child's residence. Primary school extends through Grade 7. All schools offer an afterschool programme for children from grades 1 to 4 ("SFO" or "skolefritidsordning" in Norwegian). 

Middle school
Grades 8, 9 and 10 are instructed in a middle school ("ungdomsskole" in Norwegian) that typically draws its attendees from 2 or 3 different primary schools. Unless your student attends a private school, the middle school that your child attends is completely determined by the location of your Trondheim residence.

High school
High schools ("videregående skole" in Norwegian) in Trondheim extend from grades 11-13. Students are not required to attend high school, but those who want to attend must apply to specific schools in the Trondheim region.



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