Vientiane International School (VIS) is a coeducational, independent, nonprofit IB World School. It is the only school in Laos to be accredited by two international organizations: the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). The school year is divided in two semesters from early August to early June.
Organization: VIS is governed by an eight-person board of trustees, composed of parents attending the school. Board members are elected at the annual general meeting of the parent body. The U.S. Embassy has a non-voting representative on the board.
Curriculum: VIS is an International Baccalaureate World School, fully authorized to offer the Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma Programs. In 2020, 57% of IB Diploma graduates were awarded a bilingual diploma – well above the world average of 25%; additionally, the IB diploma average was three points above the worldwide mean. Students study the arts, science, mathematics, and language acquisition and are exposed to various opportunities for expression and rigorous academic learning. The Mother Tongue Program supports the development and maintenance of nine languages. With a transient rate of about 20% per year, the curriculum provides for a successful transition for all students. A cocurricular program includes sports, cultural studies, arts, and service. VIS offers support for students with mild learning difficulties. The school offers the SAT and students undertake the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) and International Schools Assessment (ISA) annually. VIS is a member of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) and the Mekong River International Schools Association (MRISA).
Faculty: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, there were 55 full-time teachers, 3 principals, 2 counselors, 1 speech-language pathologist, 4 learning inclusive specialists, 26 Instructional assistants, 1 IT integrator, and 1 head of school. Class sizes average about 18 students, typically ranging from 14 to 22 students per class.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 454 (ages 3-18).
Facilities: The facility is built for a capacity of 580-600 students. It is an open and inviting facility including science labs, ICT spaces, a makerspace, two music rooms (with music practice booths), a performing arts black box theater, two visual arts rooms, a 400-sq. meter library, a large cafeteria, and design/technology spaces. Classes are held in general purpose classrooms and in a variety of small group spaces. There is a fully staffed health office on campus. The sports facilities include two basketball courts, one of which is a stadium; two football (soccer) pitches; two swimming pools; and a fitness complex.
Finances: The school’s income derives mainly from tuition. The annual tuition rates are as follows for 2020-2021: Early Years (3 & 4 years of age): $10,200; primary prep-grade 5: $18,240; grades 6-8: $21,000; and grades 9-12: $23,440. In addition, the school charges an application fee of $1,000 and a $3,000 annual capital fee. Other optional fees include a school bus fee of $1,100 annually. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of October 2020 and are provided by the school.