The initiative to establish Aalesund International School came originally from major companies in the Aalesund region. These companies work in a highly international environment and have recognised the need for such an institution for some time. They presented their idea to the Aalesund Chamber of Commerce who responded immediately and decided to pursue the project. Soon after, the Aalesund International School foundation was established and the foundation is worked with the Chamber, regional businesses and local and regional authorities to open a fully functional international school in August 2012.