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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 below.

School Profile 2018-2019


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.

50% of students graduated with an IB Bilingual diploma in 2018.

Graduation Requirements

Students in grades 9-12 who complete 23 credits of study are also awarded the VIS High School Diploma. To achieve the VIS High School Diploma students need to 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 full year of attendance at VIS is the minimum requirement.

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 2013-2018

VIS data compared to Global Data

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Class of 2018 SAT Scores

The statistics below represent the average score of approximately 25% of the class of 2018 who chose to take the SAT Exam with 50% of participants with a Mother Tongue other than English.

University Acceptances Classes of 2015-18

Ms Elsa Donohue

Ms Tina Santilli

Mr Glenn Lawler

Mr Patrick Daly


CEEB: 684010
IB: 003369
UCAS: 46036