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VIS studentsChallenging, inspiring and preparing learners for life

Situated in Vientiane, the small capital city of Lao PDR, VIS is an independent, not-for-profit day school offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme for students aged 3 and up. VIS is the only school in the Lao PDR that is accredited with the IB and is one of only 156 schools worldwide that offer all three IB programmes*. Please refer to our "Learning" page for detailed programmes.

Accreditation

Vientiane International School is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Vientiane International School is the only school in Laos and is one of a small selection of international schools in Asia accredited by both CIS and WASC.

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Through the CIS/WASC accreditation programme school improvement is encouraged through a process of continuous self-study and peer-to-peer evaluation, a process which VIS will be undergoing in 2016. Schools that have been awarded with full accredited status have demonstrated that they have achieved high standards of professional performance in international education and have a commitment to continuing improvement and best practices.

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VIS is also accredited with the International Baccalaureate Organization for the Diploma Programme (DP), Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the Middle Years Programme (MYP).

The IB programmes are available through 4,546 IB World Schools in 147 countries (www.ibo.org). The Diploma Programme is recognized by over 600 universities in 50 countries as a highly regarded entrance qualification.

VIS prides itself on being able to offer its students a passport to higher education.

History

1991VIS begins as Vientiane Learning Center near Wat Simuang by volunteer group of expatriate families who want to form a school for their own children.

Government of the Lao PDR grants Letter of Authority, establishing VIS as a school under the auspices of the United Nations
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1992

VIS finds additional classroom space at Swedish Guest House, home of the Swedish School.

1993

VIS takes over facilities at the Swedish Guest House and operates two campuses.

1995

VIS moves to Ban Saphanthong Tai.

1996

VIS adds Grade 9 to High School programme as first step in establishing a complete High School.

2001

VIS receives dual accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), now the Council of International Schools (CIS).

2002

VIS offers distance learning for Grade 10.

2003

VIS adds Grade 10 to the High School programme.

2004

VIS adds Grade 11 and 12 to complete High School programme.

2005

VIS presents diplomas to first two High School graduates.

2006

VIS breaks ground at new campus on Phonesavanh Road.

2008

VIS receives accreditation from the International Baccalaureate Organization to deliver Diploma Programme.

2009

New purpose-built facilities completed.

VIS receives accreditation from the International Baccalaureate Organization to deliver Primary Years Programme.

VIS gains candidate status for the Middle Years Programme.

2010

VIS launches new mission statement - Challenge, Inspire and Prepare Learners for Life.

2011

VIS receives full authorisationfrom the International Baccalaureate Organisation to deliver Middle Years Programme.

VIS offers the first Phu Bia Mining Scholarship to a Lao student.

VIS reaccredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for ten years.

VIS celebrates 20 Years 1991-2011.


2012

VIS opens its new Secondary Wing, offering more office space and upgraded teaching areas for Performing Arts, Design and Visual Arts.

2013

VIS opens its new 8 lane, 25 m pool and fitness center.

2016Vientiane International School celebrates 25 Years!



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