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.
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.