Our Lower School begins with the preschool and kindergarten levels, where a high staff to student ratio is maintained. These first three years make up the ISB Early Childhood Centre (ECC), and encompasses Preschool 3, Preschool 4 and Kindergarten. The ECC is authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate and our language of instruction is English.

A good start

We believe that a good start in school is crucial to a child’s development, and that the experiences gained during the early school years greatly influence a child’s love of learning. It is at this stage that children begin down the path of becoming internationally-minded global citizens.

Here’s more information about ISB’s Barnehage Regulations.

The PYP focuses on the development of the whole child both within the classroom and within the world. It offers a framework that meets the whole child’s needs: academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural.

The PYP curriculum

The PYP curriculum has an international perspective that recognizes and welcomes the diversity of student experiences and backgrounds. We strive to develop internationally minded students who demonstrate the attributes of the IB Learner Profile.

We use an inquiry-based approach, using teaching methods which build upon individual understandings, knowledge and interests. In developing critical thinking skills, students inquire into how to learn and how to delve deeper.

The units of inquiry make up the Programme of Inquiry. These units are developed under the IB’s Transdisciplinary Themes, making learning for understanding more effective. Each unit of inquiry allows the students to explore key concepts, including:

  • Form: ‘What is it like?’
  • Function: ‘How does it work?’
  • Reflection: ‘How do we know?’

The PYP also encompasses the development of transdisciplinary skills which transcend the individual subject areas. These include thinking, communication, social, research and self-management skills.


At ISB's Sandsli campus, students will have access to a forested, well-resourced and dynamic outdoor play area.

Student-centred Learning

Our Sandsli ECC has been designed to support a student-centred and inquiry-driven learning environment.

Hands-on & Minds-on Learning

With access to a wide range of indoor and outdoor resources, our students have multiple hands-on and minds-on learning experiences.

Apply today!
The school is accepting applications for placement in the Early Childhood Centre, Lower School and Upper School throughout the school year.