Vientiane International School (VIS) is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational day school offering an educational program for qualified students, ages 3-18, of all nationalities. The School operates under status conferred by the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The school year extends from mid-August to mid-June.
Organization: VIS is governed by an 8-person Board of Directors, composed of parents of children attending the School. Board members are elected at the Annual General Meeting of the parent body.
Curriculum: VIS is in the process of becoming an International Baccalaureate World School. Presently VIS is a fully authorized IB Diploma School, and students in grades 11 and 12 can earn the IB Diploma. VIS is also authorized for the IB Primary Years Program. VIS expects to receive authorization in 2011 for the IB Middle Years Program. The school utilizes many American textbooks to set a standard of education comparable to many other international schools of comparable size. The language of instruction is English. VIS aims to prepare its students for return to schools in their home countries or for moving on to another international school and for entry into college and university. Primary classes are self-contained except for art, music, and computer, which have separate classrooms. Secondary school instructors teach courses in specialized classrooms. EAL (English-As-Another-Language) is taught within the regular primary classroom, with the exception of some pullout classes for beginners. Students not enrolled in Foreign Language classes in the secondary school (grades 6-10) will attend separate EAL classes. VIS has an active Mother Tongue Language program, and classes are held for several languages after school on Saturday mornings. An extensive after-school activity program includes sports, cultural studies, and arts and crafts. VIS offers a Special Education Program for students with mild learning disabilities. The School offers the PSAT, SAT, and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. VIS is a member of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools and Mekong River International Schools Association. VIS received accreditation in 2001 from both the US-based Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). VIS is the only school in Laos accredited by these agencies.
Faculty: At the beginning of 2011-2012 school year, there are 48 full-time, 1 part-time teacher, and 2 principals, a counselor and director. Total instructional and support staff is more than 85.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 376 (3 year-olds–18 year-olds).
Facilities: The facility is built for a capacity of 550 students. It is a modern facility including science labs, computer labs, wireless Internet access throughout the campus, 2 music rooms, 2 art rooms, a 400-sq. meter library, and a large cafeteria. There are 32 general purpose classrooms. There is a medical infirmary on campus. The sports facilities include two full-sized basketball courts, one of which is a stadium, and a full-sized football (soccer) pitch. Projects to add new classrooms and facilities are underway during the 2011-2012 school year.
Finances: In school year 2011-2012, the School’s income derives mainly from tuition. The annual tuition rates are as follows: EY3: $2,460; EY4: $4,990; Primary Prep-grade 5: $10,430; grades 6-8: $11,990; and grades 9-12: $13,380. In addition, the School charges an application fee of $1,000 and a $2,000 annual capital fee. Other fees include an optional bus fee of $800 annually. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)