The school system in Barbados consists of six years of
elementary school and five years of high school, both of
which are compulsory and free. At the upper secondary level
there are three different school types.
Almost all students continue in high school. Three public
institutions offer higher education, which is also free.
There are also private schools at every stage. See TOPSCHOOLSINTHEUSA for TOEFL, ACT, SAT testing locations and high school codes in Barbados.
Illiteracy was estimated to be approx. 2% in 1999.
Barbados - Bridgetown
Bridgetown, capital of Barbados, Caribbean; 110,000 residents (2014).
Bridgetown is located on the west coast of the island near its southern tip and
is an important port for ocean-going shipping. The town was founded in 1628. The
settlement is a sprawl of old and new. The church of Saint Michael's Anglican
Cathedral is built of coral limestone. The economy is based on sugar extraction,
rum production and tourism. In 2011, the city's older buildings and a nearby
garrison were taken up by UNESCO's World Heritage List.