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Vientiane International School is an accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes to students aged 3 and up. Download a copy of the School Profile here.


VIS is an IB World School. The curriculum is embedded in the Primary Years Program (PYP) for grades EY-5, Middle Years Program (MYP) for grades 6-10, and Diploma Program (DP) for grades 11-12. The language of instruction is English.


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.

CIS and WASC Logos

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.

IB World School Logo

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.

School Community

The student body of nearly 500 students, is extremely diverse, drawing from 46 nationalities. Most families represent the non-government and diplomatic sectors. International and local business are also well represented. Our community is highly transient; the average time a family stays in Vientiane is 3 years.

Admissions Policy

VIS meets the academic and social needs of college-bound, internationally-minded students. Our school welcomes the enrollment of all expatriate children and qualified Lao national students wishing to access an international education. In higher grades, factors such as maturity, educational background, and achievement level are also taken into consideration to ensure each child can be successful at VIS. We serve a diverse community and provides limited support services to students with mild learning difficulties.


The VIS Secondary Mother Tongue program supports the development and maintenance of mother tongue languages for students in 14 different languages. VIS provides support for students who are in the process of acquiring English through the English as an Additional Language (EAL) program.

68% of students graduated with an IB Bilingual diploma in 2016.

Graduation Requirements

Students in grades 9-12 who complete 23 credits of study in the prescribed pattern are also awarded the VIS High School Diploma. To achieve the VIS High School Diploma students need to accumulate a total of 23 credits and successfully complete the following core requirements.

Subject Minimum Credits
Language A or B: English 4
Humanities 3
Mathematics 3
Science 3
Language A or B: Mother Tongue or Other Language 3
Physical Education 2
The Arts (Visual Arts, Theater, Music) 2
Design Technology 2
Theory of Knowledge 1
Satisfy requirements of Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)

The VIS High School Diploma is recognized as meeting or exceeding high school graduation requirements globally. One year of attendance at VIS is the minimum requirement for this.

Grading system
VIS uses a criterion referenced grading system. A passing grade for credit is at least a 3 on a scale of 1-7 for IB SL, HL or High School Level Subjects. VIS does not calculate GPA or class rank.

IB Results 2012-2016

VIS data compared to Global Data

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Class of 2017 SAT Scores

The statistics below represent the average score of approximately 25% of the class of 2017 who chose to take the SAT Exam with 50% of participants with a Mother Tongue other than English.

University Acceptances Classes of 2015-2016


Brunei Darussalam
University of Brunei Darussalam
University College Seoul
Yonsei University Seoul
Monash University
National Taiwan University
Stamford University
National University Singapore
Nanyan University Singapore


Bond University
Deakin University
Latrobe University
Macquarie University
Monash University
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Swinburne University
University of Melbourne
University of New South Wales
University of Queensland
University of Technology Sydney


Brock University
Carleton University
Concordia University
Dalhousie University
McGill University
Memorial University
Ontario College of Art & Design
Queen's University
Quest University
Thompson Rivers University
University of Alberta
University of British Columbia
University of Fraser Valley
University of Toronto
Western University


The Netherlands
Amsterdam University
Leiden University
Maastricht University
ULC The Hague
University College Utrecht
IE University

University of Auckland


Brunel University
City University London
Coventry University
Exeter University
Glasgow Caledonian University
King's College
Kingston University
Lancaster University
London College of Fashion
Loughbourough University
Napier University
North East Scotland College
Norwich University
Teeside University
University of Aberdeen
University of Birmingham
University of Bristol
University of Dundee
University of Edinburgh
University of Greenwich
University of Liverpool
University of Reading
University of St Andrews
University of Stirling
University of West Scotland
University of Westminster
University of York


Berea College
Boston University
Bryant University
Case Western Reserves University
Colorado State University
Dallas Baptist University
Emerson College
George Mason University
Gordon College
Kent State University
Northeastern University
Purdue University
University of California Los Angeles
University of Colorado
University of Denver
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ms Jane McGee

Ms Tina Santilli

Mr Glenn Lawler

Ms Susan Shuford

Ms Mary Harrington

CEEB: 684010
IB: 003369
UCAS: 46036

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