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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 into two semesters from early August to early June.

Organization: VIS is governed by a nine-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 2021, 95% of students who pursued the full diploma at VIS achieved it with an average score 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 co-curricular 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: In the 2021-2022 school year, VIS has 166 total staff including 52 teachers. At Vientiane International School our dynamic professionals are motivated to challenge, inspire and empower our learners. VIS educators work in a professional learning community to continuously improve teaching practice for the benefit of our students in pursuit of our Mission, Vision, and Values.  In addition to hiring outstanding educators, VIS is committed to student safeguarding. All applicants are required to provide accurate and detailed information about their employment history, including any aspects of their past or profile that could affect the reputation of VIS or the wellbeing of our community. We conduct background checks on all successful candidates.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, enrollment was 444 (ages 3-18).

Facilities: The facility is built for a capacity of 580-600 students. It is an open and inviting facility including four science labs, ICT spaces, a makerspace, two music rooms (with music practice booths), a performing arts black box theater, two visual arts rooms, a two-story state of the art library media center, 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. We are pleased to announce the Campus Gateway Project. This exciting project will modernize the entire campus with new centers for learning and renovations in both the primary and secondary schools.

Finances: The school’s income derives mainly from tuition. The annual tuition rates are as follows for 2021-2022: early years (3 & 4 years of age): $10,500; Primary Prep 1 and 2: $14,640; Primary – Grades 1 to 5: $18,800; Secondary – Grades 6-8: $21,640; and Grades 9-12: $24,140. 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.)

Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Laos, Vientiane) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information. Information and statistics are current as of September 2021 and are provided by the school.

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