Education in Bahamas
Until the middle of the 19th century, education in Bahamas was only available children of white families.
Christian missionary schools provided public education at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Today education is Bahamas is open to its entire population.
There are more than 200 schools in Bahamas, most of them funded and led by the government through the Ministry of Education. Also, there are private schools established by various religious orders.
Education in Bahamas is compulsory from ages 5 to 15. The education system is based on the traditional British model. Students go through several levels, which are:
6 years in primary school (from age 5 to 11 years old).
3 years of junior high school (from age 12 to 15 years old).
2 years senior high school (from age 16 to 18 years old).
There are a number of private vocational schools for adults.
The University of Bahamas was established in 1974 and offer bachelor programs. Students can transfer to affiliated schools in other countries, such as Great Britain, United States and Canada. They can finish 2 additional years of education in any of the abovementioned country.