Education System in Palau

Primary Education

Education in the Micronesian island nation of Palau still follows the American system of Grades K to 12. It is mandatory until either the age of 16 is reached, or graduation from high school is achieved. There are approximately 20 elementary state schools dispersed through villages and islands, where pupils study for 6 years.

Secondary Education

Approximately 2/3 of students attend one of the two public high schools - with the balance attending several private ones. There are three educational streams that lead to either a high school diploma, a vocational diploma, or an individualized one. The system is based on credits achieved, as opposed to years spent at school.

Vocational Education

Vocational education is available through the Palau Community College which has evolved from a trade school in the years since 1926. It is independent, has its own governing board and provides a wide range of opportunities.

Tertiary Education

There are no opportunities for university education in Palau except for distance learning through the University of South Pacific and San Diego State University. In simple terms, the tiny nation is too small to support a university, although the talent is undoubtedly there.

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