The BVI houses a total of 15 primary schools and four secondary public schools and 10 primary and three secondary private schools. The BVI also has a technical and vocational school. In the British Overseas Territory, the education system in the BVI is much like the traditional learning system in the United Kingdom. The school year runs from September to June.
During the final year, students in the four public secondary schools also take the regional Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) exams. Passes in the exams are also required for admission to some colleges and universities in the United States and the Caribbean.
In the BVI, students have two options for tertiary education: The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and a branch of the University of the West Indies. Both offer resident courses at an associate’s level before students may further their studies via distance learning, completing studies at the University of the West Indies’ home campus or transferring to a university abroad.