Education System in Palau
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.
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 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.