Education System in Cayman Islands


 EducationSchool/LevelGrade FromGrade ToAge FromAge ToYearsNotes
PrimaryPrimary School 164106 
SecondaryCSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) Examinations71213166Compulsory for the children from 5 to 16
Post-secondaryCXC Caribbean Advanced Placement Examination (CAPE)  17 2 
TertiaryCollege/University      

Primary Education

The Education Department of the Cayman Islands has ambitious plans to reshape the future of a Caribbean people become relatively wealthy from tourism. All schools are best described as excellent, and for those at State schools there are no fees to pay provided they are residents. Primary education lasts for 6 years from ages 4 to 11. The curriculum throughout the education program follows the recommendations of the Caribbean exchange council

Secondary Education

Secondary education takes a further 6 years and is available from 3 State schools, and from a variety of private ones representing either the American or the British system. An initiative is in place to transform high schools into project learning centers, where students build their knowledge in small academies where relations with teachers are more intimate.

Vocational Education

Vocational and adult education opportunities are also excellent. The Cayman Island government provides facilities for special education, training for the disabled, and education for juvenile offenders. The University College provides a range of vocational training opportunities, while there are numerous State adult education programs too.

Tertiary Education

Cayman Island EducationThe University College on Grand Cayman offers associate degrees and a variety of evening classes, in addition to its vocational training programs. As such it is the hub of the post-secondary system.

The Cayman Law School established in 1991 on the same island and illustrated here, presents a 3-year bachelor of law degree in association with the University of Liverpool, a 5-year attorney-at-law course meeting Cayman Island standards, and a diploma in legal studies. There are no plans to extend its academic program.


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