Pre-School, Kindergarten, and Grade 1

A child who will be three years of age on or before October 1st of the school year for which he or she is enrolling will be eligible for enrollment in the three year old Pre-School Class. A child who will be four years of age on or before October 1st of the school year for which he or she is enrolling will be eligible for enrollment in the four year old Pre-School Class. A child who will be five years of age on or before October 1st of the school year for which he or she is enrolling will be eligible for enrollment in the five year old Kindergarten Class. A child who will be six years of age on or before October 1st of the school year for which he or she is enrolling will be eligible for enrollment in the first grade class. Students are first placed with their age peers. However, all new students are monitored closely during the first month of school to evaluate placement. If there is any question about proper placement, the classroom teacher along with the Elementary principal will review, on a case-by-case basis, the child’s social, emotional, and academic maturity for possible grade placement adjustment, using a variety of different data-gathering techniques, including readiness tests, classroom observations, and trial placements. A parent conference will be held to discuss the findings and recommendation. Every effort will be made to reach parental agreement and support for the final placement decision.

Age Requirements: Grades 2-12

In the American system, year one of the school is Kindergarten (i.e., 5-6 years), year two is grade 1, year three is grade 2, and so on. For students transferring into grades 2-6, admission and grade placement are based on achievement in reading and mathematics, social and emotional maturity, successful completion of academic requirements at previous schools, and teacher observation. In the absence of compelling evidence to the contrary, the starting point for placement is the same sequence as above, using age-peer cohorts based on October 1st birthday guidelines.

Placement of students transferring into grades 7-12 will be based on successful completion of academic subjects as shown on records of previous schools. High School students are placed generally according to High School credits successfully completed based on the following:

  • Below six credits: Freshman (9th grade)
  • 6-12 credits (including one in English): Sophomore (10th grade)
  • 13-20 credits (including two in English): Junior (11th grade)
  • 20 credits (including three in English): Senior (12th grade)

Age and Grade Comparisons from System to System

Age by Oct. 1st in First Term

ISO Grade Level
(American System)

British System

French System

3 Pre-School 3

Elementary School

 

 

4

Pre-School 4

Reception Class

Petite Section

Moyenne Section

5

Kindergarten

1 Primary School

Grande Maternelle

6

1

2

CP

7

2

3

CE1

8

3

4

CE2

9

4

5

CM1

10

5

6

CM2

11

6

Middle School

7 Lower Sec. School

Sixième

12

7

8

Cinquième

13

8

9

Quatrième

14

9

High School

10

Troisième

15

10

11 Gen. Cert. Ed. exams

Seconde

16

11

6th Form 1 A Level

Première

17

12

6th Form 2 A Level Exams

Terminale

18

Univ. Freshman

University

University 1st Year

University 1st

19

Sophomore

University 2nd year

University 2nd

20

Junior

University 3rd year
(Poss. Grad. BA)

University 3rd

21

Senior & grad. BA

University 4th year & Grad. BA

University 4th