The aim of the IB Diploma programme is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.


Students follow a course of study in preparation for the IB Diploma programme. Required subjects include English, Mathematics, Physical Education, IB Prep, C(A)S (Creativity and Service).

Option choices include (A or B) : History, Geography, Languages in addition to English (Norwegian, French, and Spanish), Theatre Arts, Visual Arts, Science (must choose at least one - Physics, Chemistry, or Biology), English Extension, Mathematics Extension.


The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

In Years 12 and 13 students follow the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.  This is a challenging 2-year pre-university course of study designed for highly motivated students.  Introduced at OIS in 1989, the IB Diploma is recognized for admission to the world’s leading universities.

The Pre-IB and IB programmes at OIS typically have 100-120 students enrolled. Applications are considered on the basis of the student’s previous academic records, letters of recommendation, and an interview with the Upper Secondary Principal. 

Choice of subjects can be made within six groups, including Languages, Humanities, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics and an elective subject. Grades are on a scale of 1 – 7, with 7 being the highest achievable grade. The IB diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points. 

In addition, all students are required to do:

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • An extended essay on an aspect of their studies
  • Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS)

A range of activities is available throughout the programme, including the possibility of participation in Model United Nations conferences, yearbook club, student council, a few sports clubs and a drama production. 

We do not compute class rank at OIS, nor do we calculate GPA.

For more information download our IB presentation
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