School Age and Grade Levels by The American School System

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Transferring your child from one educational system to another might confuse you regarding age-grade level. If you are trying to understand the correlation between a child’s age and their grade level in the American schooling system, you’re in the right place. Our comprehensive guide on age-grade levels will save you time.

Age grade levels

We’ll help you understand the relationship between school age and year-to-grade mapping. Additionally, our educational consultants can assist you during the enrollment, making sure your child is placed in the proper grade. 

Understanding the American Schooling System

Before delving into specific age-grade combinations, it’s crucial to grasp the fundamentals of the American schooling system. The United States’ educational system is diverse and may differ from those in other countries.

Consequently, some exceptions and variations exist when correlating age and grade. This guide provides a general overview to help you navigate the system effectively.

Elementary School

Elementary school typically encompasses the early years of education, serving as the foundation for a child’s academic journey. Here’s a breakdown of the grades and approximate ages associated with elementary school:

  • Kindergarten: Usually starts at around 5 years old;
  • 1st Grade: Typically, children are about 6 years old;
  • 2nd Grade: Most students are approximately 7 years old;
  • 3rd Grade: Generally, children are around 8 years old;
  • 4th Grade: Typically, students are about 9 years old;
  • 5th Grade: Children in this grade are usually around 10 years old.

Middle School

Middle school bridges the gap between elementary school and high school, focusing on the transitional phase of adolescence. Here’s an overview of middle school grades and ages:

  • 6th Grade: Students are typically around 11 years old;
  • 7th Grade: Most students are approximately 12 years old;
  • 8th Grade: Generally, children are about 13 years old.

High School

High school is the final stage of a student’s compulsory education in the United States. It prepares them for college or the workforce. Here’s a breakdown of high school grades and ages:

  • 9th Grade: Students in this grade are usually around 14 years old.
  • 10th Grade: Typically, children are about 15 years old.
  • 11th Grade: Most students are approximately 16 years old.
  • 12th Grade: Generally, students are about 17 to 18 years old.

Here is a table that shows which age belongs to which grade:

Ages US/International grades School
6 – 7 1st Grade Elementary School
7 – 8 2nd Grade
8 – 9 3rd Grade
9 – 10 4th Grade
10 – 11 5th Grade
11 – 12 6th Grade Middle School
12 – 13 7th Grade
13 – 14 8th Grade
14 – 15 9th Grade High School
15 – 16 10th Grade
16 – 17 11th Grade
17 – 18 12th Grade

Exceptions and Variations

While the information provided above offers a general guideline for the American schooling system, it’s essential to remember that exceptions can exist. For example, birthdate cutoffs, country-specific regulations, and individual student circumstances can lead to variations. 

Therefore, we suggest you contact our academic consultant to get precise information about the grade at which we can place your child.

To get in touch with our consultant, please send an email to asking about the adequate grade for them. Make sure to attach your child’s latest academic transcript (report card) and their date of birth. 

In situations where it is not easy to determine in what grade the child can be enrolled based on their age and latest academic transcript, our school will use the Placement test. This assessment determines a student’s current level of knowledge and suggests the proper grade level for them.

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