The educational system in Malta is divided into three main divisions namely Primary Education¸ Secondary Education and Tertiary Education. The Primary period extends from age five till eleven¸ the Secondary from age eleven till sixteen¸ and the Tertiary continues thereon. Malta has one University that is recognised by major foreign Universities. In Malta Education is compulsory up till the Secondary level i.e. between 5 and 16 years of age. Kindergarten facilities are also available¸ free of charge¸ for all children aged between 3 and 5. The local Educational System is based on the British model and provides an excellent standard of education.
The schooling options available are State¸ Church or Private Schools. The children of expatriates living in Malta can be educated in one of the private international schools¸ or enrolled in the local state¸ church or independent schools.
Malta currently has two international schools. The Verdala International School for boys and girls which is an accredited US international school offering a K through Grade 12 curriculum including the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and IGCSEs. On the other hand¸ St Edward’s College¸ a Catholic boys’ school follows the British curriculum and prepares students for GCSEs at age 16. Private school tuition fees in Malta are very reasonable by international standards.