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Learning

The Vientiane International School challenges, inspires and empowers students to develop their unique potential in our changing world.

Our student's curriculum and co-curricular activities 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 programs.

  • 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
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The VIS Learning Principles

Definition of Learning: We learn when we build and apply new understandings and skills in a variety of contexts. The following research-based learning principles guide our teaching practice:

  • Learners at the center: Recognizing learners as core participants and encouraging active engagement.
  • Learners are unique: Engaging all learners and adapting to individual needs.
  • Learners have emotions: Understanding the role of emotion and being aware of individual motivations.
  • Learners have potential: Embracing challenging expectations while understanding individual variations.
  • Learners are collaborative: Recognizing the value of social interaction to engage with multiple perspectives.
  • Learners make connections: Linking understandings and transferring learning to new situations.
  • Learners are reflective: Having a clear purpose, understanding next steps, and using feedback to support growth.

Our values are complemented by the IB Learner Profile.  As an internationally minded community of learners, our students are becoming inquirers, critical thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgable, principled, caring, open-minded, well-balanced and reflective.