Age requirements

Pre-School, Kindergarten, and Grade 1

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
Elementary School
Reception Class
Petite Maternelle
4
Pre-School 4
Moyenne Maternelle
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

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