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Learning at VIS

Vientiane International School challenges, inspires and empowers students to develop their unique potential and to be responsible citizens in a changing world.

Our student's curriculum and co-curricular activities also demonstrate our commitment of ensuring that our program is balanced across social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth.

To achieve this objective, VIS offers 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*.

  • The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is for students aged 3 to 12 which focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world outside.
  • The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is for students aged 11 to 16 which provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills through embracing and transcending traditional school subjects.
  • The Diploma Programme (DP) is for students aged 16 and up. It is a demanding two-year curriculum that meets the needs of motivated, engaged students, and leads to a qualification that is recognized by leading universities around the world.


The IB offers international education which is defined according to the following criteria**:

  • Developing citizens of the world in relation to culture, language and learning to live together
  • Building and reinforcing students' sense of identity and cultural awareness
  • Fostering students' recognition and development of universal human values
  • Stimulating curiosity and inquiry in order to foster a spirit of discovery and enjoyment of learning
  • Equipping students with the skills to learn and acquire knowledge, individually or collaboratively, and to apply these skills and knowledge accordingly across a broad range of areas
  • Providing international content while responding to local requirements and interests
  • Encouraging diversity and flexibility in teaching methods
  • Providing appropriate forms of assessment and international benchmarking


Learners at VIS are practitioners of the IB Learner Profile, the profile of the whole person as a life-long learner. IB learners strive to be:

Inquirers

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

Knowledgeable

We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

Thinkers

We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators

We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

Principled

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Open-minded

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring

We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

Risk-takers

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

Balanced

We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

Reflective

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

*http://www.ibo.org/facts/schoolstats/progcombinati...
**http://www.ibo.or

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