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US and Canada

England and Wales

Scotland

Northern Ireland

Ireland

Australia

New Zealand

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US and Canada

*In the US, August birthday children are sometimes held back at the parents' request until the following year.

Start Age*

US/Canada

4

(preschool)

5

Kindergarten

6

Grade 1

7

Grade 2

8

Grade 3

9

Grade 4

10

Grade 5

11

Grade 6

12

Grade 7

13

Grade 8

14

Grade 9

15

Grade 10

16

Grade 11

17

Grade 12

England and Wales

Beginning in the 2016 school year, summer-born children (April-August) are allowed to delay school starting until the next year.

Start Age

US/Canada

England/Wales

4

(preschool)

Reception

5

Kindergarten

Key Stage 1/Year 1

6

Grade 1

Key Stage 1/Year 2

7

Grade 2

Key Stage 2/Year 3

8

Grade 3

Key Stage 2/Year 4

9

Grade 4

Key Stage 2/Year 5

10

Grade 5

Key Stage 2/Year 6

11

Grade 6

Key Stage 3/Year 7

12

Grade 7

Key Stage 3/Year 8

13

Grade 8

Key Stage 3/Year 9

14

Grade 9

Key Stage 4/Year 10

15

Grade 10

Key Stage 4/Year 11

16

Grade 11

AS (6th Form)

17

Grade 12

A Level (6th Form)

Scotland

Start Age

US/Canada

Scotland

4

(preschool)

Nursery

5

Kindergarten

Primary 1

6

Grade 1

Primary 2

7

Grade 2

Primary 3

8

Grade 3

Primary 4

9

Grade 4

Primary 5

10

Grade 5

Primary 6

11

Grade 6

Primary 7

12

Grade 7

S1 (First Year)

13

Grade 8

S2 (Second Year)

14

Grade 9

S3 (Third Year)

15

Grade 10

S4 (Fourth Year)

16

Grade 11

S5 (Fifth Year)

17

Grade 12

S6 (Sixth Year)

Northern Ireland

Start Age

US/Canada

Northern Ireland

4

(preschool)

Primary 1

5

Kindergarten

Primary 2

6

Grade 1

Primary 3

7

Grade 2

Primary 4

8

Grade 3

Primary 5

9

Grade 4

Primary 6

10

Grade 5

Primary 7

11

Grade 6

Year 8

12

Grade 7

Year 9

13

Grade 8

Year 10

14

Grade 9

Year 11

15

Grade 10

Year 12

16

Grade 11

Year 13

17

Grade 12

Year 14

Ireland

*Irish students can begin at age 4 or 5 in many places, and the sometimes optional Transition Year also can shift students ahead or behind this schedule.

Start Age

US/Canada

Ireland

4

(preschool)

Junior Infants

5

Kindergarten

Senior Infants

6

Grade 1

First Class

7

Grade 2

Second Class

8

Grade 3

Third Class

9

Grade 4

Fourth Class

10

Grade 5

Fifth Class

11

Grade 6

Sixth Class

12

Grade 7

First Year

13

Grade 8

Second Year

14

Grade 9

Third Year

15

Grade 10

(Transition)

16

Grade 11

Fifth Year

17

Grade 12

Sixth Year

Australia

Start Age

US/Canada

Australia

4

(preschool)

(preschool)

5

Kindergarten

Foundation

6

Grade 1

Grade 1

7

Grade 2

Grade 2

8

Grade 3

Grade 3

9

Grade 4

Grade 4

10

Grade 5

Grade 5

11

Grade 6

Grade 6

12

Grade 7

Grade 7

13

Grade 8

Grade 8

14

Grade 9

Grade 9

15

Grade 10

Grade 10

16

Grade 11

Grade 11

17

Grade 12

Grade 12

New Zealand

Start Age

US/Canada

New Zealand

4

(preschool)

(preschool)

5

Kindergarten

Year 1

6

Grade 1

Year 2

7

Grade 2

Year 3

8

Grade 3

Year 4

9

Grade 4

Year 5

10

Grade 5

Year 6

11

Grade 6

Year 7

12

Grade 7

Year 8

13

Grade 8

Year 9

14

Grade 9

Year 10

15

Grade 10

Year 11

16

Grade 11

Year 12

17

Grade 12

Year 13

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