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About Us


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 offers all three IB programmes*. Please refer to our "Learning" page for detailed programmes. 


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 4,655 IB World Schools in 150 countries (www.ibo.org). The Diploma Programme is recognized by many universities and colleges globally and is a highly regarded entrance qualification.

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




VIS 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


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


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


VIS moves to Ban Saphanthong Tai


VIS adds Grade 9 to High School program 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.

VIS adds Grade 10 to the High School program.


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


VIS presents diplomas to first two High School graduates.


VIS breaks ground at new campus on Phonesavanh Road.


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


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


VIS receives full authorization from 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.


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


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



Vientiane International School celebrates 25 Years! VIS redefines mission and core values to challenge, inspire and empower.



VIS holds community-inclusive Clarity Summit and redefines Mission, Vision, Values and Learning Principals.

New IT systems begin to be implemented.


A task force representing all aspects of the VIS community is set up in order to rebrand the school.  By the end of the school year new colors, logo and mascot is adopted and implementation begins. 

New signs are erected, the school begins to be repainted and VIS sports teams proudly wear the new mascot.  New manuals are written to guide our actions concerning finance, child protection, student information and the IB Programme - all based on the VIS RoadMap.

New IT systems continue to be implemented.