Education in St. Lucia
General details
Primary languagesEnglish
Primary14,715 students [1]
Secondary11,116 students [2]

Education in St. Lucia is primarily based on the British education system and is provided in public and private schools.

The Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) finds that St. Lucia fulfills 85.2%[3] of what it should be fulfilling for the right to education based on the country's level of income. HRMI breaks down the right to education by looking at the rights to both primary education and secondary education. While taking into consideration St. Lucia's income level, the nation achieves 87.8% [4] of what should be possible based on its resources (income) for primary education and 82.6%[5] for secondary education.

Education in St Lucia is compulsory between ages 5 to 15. St Lucia has achieved universal primary education, and universal secondary education. School hours are normally from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with secondary schools starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 2:30 p.m. There are approximately 74 primary schools in St Lucia, and 23 secondary schools.[4][5]

Before its Independence, schools in St. Lucia were managed by different religious denominations, in particular the Roman Catholic Church, the Seventh-day Adventist church, and Methodist churches.

Primary Education

Following time perhaps spent at pre-school, children enter primary school for 7 years to learn the rudiments of literacy, numeracy and social sciences, from Infant School (Grade K) to Primary School (Grades 1–6). At the end of Grade 6, students write the Common Entrance Examination to determine placement for additional compulsory schooling.

Secondary Education

Secondary School education follows for those who pass the Common Entrance Examination. Based on their performance, students will enter a designated school according to their 1st, 2nd or 3rd school of choice. After 3 years, students may choose to either sit the CSEC examinations or continue through to Form 5 then write the exam.

Tertiary Education

Tertiary education is provided through University of the West Indies (UWI) distance learning programs, and the local Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC), which is evolving into a degree-awarding institution.

It has 4 Divisions, namely Agriculture, Arts Science & General Studies, Teacher Education & Educational Administration, and Technical Education & Management Studies, and these are undergirded by 10 Departments.

St Lucia has a number of medical schools and universities. The Sir Arthur Lewis Community College is located in Castries, where most St Lucians go to further their studies. The literacy rate in St Lucia is estimated to be 90%.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Enrolment and Capacity in Primary Schools, 2018 to 2019". The Central Statistical Office of Saint Lucia. Retrieved 2022-12-02.
  2. ^ "Secondary Schools in St. Lucia Ranked According to Capacity and Total Enrolment, 2018 to 2019". The Central Statistical Office of Saint Lucia. Retrieved 2022-12-02.
  3. ^ "St. Lucia - HRMI Rights Tracker". Retrieved 2022-12-02.
  4. ^ a b "Primary school enrolment - HRMI Rights Tracker". Retrieved 2022-12-02.
  5. ^ a b "Secondary school enrolment - HRMI Rights Tracker". Retrieved 2022-12-02.
  6. ^ "Education Systems of North America, part XI, Saint Lucia". Global Academic Evaluators. Retrieved August 11, 2021.
  7. ^ "Educational System". All About Saint Lucia. Retrieved August 11, 2021.