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Secondary School


VIS is an amazing place to learn. As an internationally minded community, we have a diverse student body, engaged and supportive parents, dedicated educational professionals, a world class curriculum, and engaged students.

As an IB World School, VIS develops the whole student and we empower, inspire and challenge learners to pursue pathways toward individual excellence by fostering agency, resilience, and innovation. We fulfill each learners’ unique potential through providing exceptional teaching, a breadth of opportunities for learning and meaningful support for each student to help them achieve success. Grounded in standards, our curriculum is based around two world-class education programs:

  • The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP) for Grades 6 to 10
  • The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) for grades 11 and 12 

Both programs provide a broad, balanced and globally recognized curriculum that ensures all learners have opportunities to develop interests and abilities no matter where their individual strengths may lie. 

VIS is an amazing place to learn.

Another important aspect of learning at VIS is focused on sustainability and service learning. Our students engage in responsible action within their local, regional and global community is a variety of ways, often initiating their own projects based on personal passions and interests.

Our Secondary Action Learning Service Adventure (SALSA) program offers all Secondary School students annual opportunities to build relationships with one another and challenge themselves to take risks in diverse settings within Laos. The school's co-curricular program provides depth, richness and occasions to put into practice all the skills students have learned throughout their educational experience.

We warmly invite you to explore our community and our program through these pages. If you are in Vientiane we encourage you to visit our beautiful and well equipped campus. We look forward to you joining us.

Complementing our comprehensive curriculum, VIS has a rich advisory program focused on student wellbeing which includes social and emotional learning, approaches to learning skills, mental and physical health, and also builds community spirit.  We also offer a wide-ranging co-curricular program. With sports, performing and visual arts, swimming, STEM and other clubs and activities, students have many opportunities to learn and grow beyond the classroom. Student athletes represent VIS in local and international sports leagues. Our campus is alive throughout the day, before and after school and on weekends. 

Tina Santilli
Upper School Principal (Grades 10-12)
Deputy Head of School for Inclusive Learning


Mike McMillan
Middle School Principal (Grades 6-9)
Middle Years Program Coordinator


Secondary SALSA (Secondary Action, Learning, Service, Adventure) involves all secondary grade levels returning annually to rural Lao communities in order to re-engage. SALSA trips occur over five days and are a required part of the curriculum in which all students are expected to participate.

SALSA is often linked directly to the learning going on in the classroom and is well-researched and planned, with the student's health and safety clearly in mind.

Parents are invited to attend informational meetings where they can gain answers to any questions they might have. There is no cost to parents or students for SALSA trips as they are covered by the VIS tuition fees.


Career & College Counselling

Career Counseling

Career counseling at VIS begins with advisory classes in Grade 6, during which students use a career search website and complete a variety of activities facilitated by their Advisor. By answering a large number of questions online they are given a number of options about careers they might be interested in pursuing. Students can then access online interviews and additional information on each of the careers that have been suggested.

VIS has a career exploration month which culminates with student work experience days outside the school and a careers-tasting morning where members of the community are invited to talk about different aspects of their respective careers.

College Counseling

VIS provides a college counseling service to assist students in searching and applying for colleges and universities all over the world. The counsellor also facilitates a college night for parents and students in grades 10 through 12 providing useful information on the transition to college including timelines, advice to parents, explanations of various college systems according to country, and useful websites to use in the college search.

IBDP @ VIS Overview

IBDP @ VIS Full Curriculum Guide

Visit the IBDP website

IBMYP @ VIS Overview

Visit the IBMYP website

See VIS Secondary Handbook