Palau education is modeled after the U.S. system. Schooling is compulsory for children between the ages of 6 to 14. There are 25 elementary schools with enrollments of 2,565. There is one high school with a student enrollment of 780 students. This constitutes the public school system.
School facilities are deteriorating. There are not enough furniture and other basic equipment. The languages of instruction are Palauan and English.
School funding comes from the U.S. Department of the Interior and from the U.S. Office of Education. Palau Community College, in the capital of Koror, enrolls about 450 students.
The private schools are independently operated under charter from the ministry. About one-third of the students attend private schools.
Mindszenty High School is the largest private Catholic school.