Schooling is free of charge and in principle compulsory.
The education system is mainly a state concern, but there
are also a few private, fee-paying schools, some of which
receive state support. The school system is divided into
three stages: elementary school six years, continuing school
three plus two years and post-secondary level. Twelve years
of compulsory schooling prevail from the age of 5-16, but
only about half of the pupils go on to the higher level
after compulsory school. Check topschoolsintheusa for test centers of ACT, SAT, and GRE as well high schools in the country of Antigua and Barbuda.
Since 1988, the school system has been subject to
restructuring with emphasis on vocational education. There
are a few professional colleges and a branch of the
University of the West Indies as well as a private
university (American University of Antigua) that is linked
to the North American university system. According to
UNESCO, 99% are literate.