Bermuda’s public education system is divided into primary, middle and high school levels. There are only 2 public high schools in Bermuda, both located on the outskirts of Hamilton.
Bermuda has a number of private grammar schools. In addition to denominational (Roman Catholic and Seventh-Day Adventist) schools, there are one girls’ school, two co-educational English style grammar schools, and a Montessori style school. Saltus Grammar School offers a post-graduate year designed to prepare qualified graduates of any Bermuda secondary school for attendance at American, Canadian and British universities. The Bermuda High School for Girls and Warwick Academy offers International Baccalaureate (IB) programs. Somersfield Academy offers Montessori education in its lower levels and IB studies for older children.
There is pressure on private schools to make places available, especially for those entering kindergarten and high school.
The Bermuda College, established in 1974, provides post-secondary education on a level with American junior or community colleges. Courses offered include “academic studies” (designed for pre-university work), “commerce and technology”(designed to prepare students for various trades and business skills), and “hotel technology”. The college offers some courses from Queens University in Canada and has cooperative programs with several U.S. colleges. The private Webster University and several other American universities operate cooperative programs with Bermuda College leading to associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs on the island.