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20 April, 2022

How Old Are You in Each Grade?

Requirements & Grades at British International School of Chicago, South Loop

Understanding what grade and stage of education your child will be in can be confusing, particularly if you’re unfamiliar with the US system. In this post, we explain your child’s grade and the UK equivalent based on their current age. You can find a table detailing what ages fall into each grade below:

 Birth Date Age  US Grade  UK Year Group  School Stage 
Sept.1, 2018 - Aug. 31, 2019  3-4

 Preschool

 Nursery  Foundation
Sept.1, 2017 - Aug. 31, 2018  4-5  Junior Kindergarten  Reception  Foundation
Sept.1, 2016 - Aug. 31, 2017  5-6  Kindergarten  Year 1  Primary
Sept.1, 2015 - Aug. 31, 2016  6-7  Grade 1  Year 2  Primary
Sept.1, 2014 - Aug. 31, 2015  7-8  Grade 2  Year 3  Primary
Sept.1, 2013 - Aug. 31, 2014  8-9  Grade 3  Year 4  Primary
Sept.1, 2012 - Aug. 31, 2013  9-10  Grade 4  Year 5  Primary
Sept.1, 2011 - Aug. 31, 2012  10-11  Grade 5  Year 6  Primary
Sept.1, 2010 - Aug. 31, 2011  11-12  Grade 6  Year 7  Middle School
Sept.1, 2009 - Aug. 31, 2010  12-13  Grade 7  Year 8  Middle School
Sept.1, 2008 - Aug. 31, 2009  13-14  Grade 8  Year 9  Middle School
Sept.1, 2007 - Aug. 31, 2008  14-15  Grade 9  Year 10  IGCSE
Sept.1, 2006 - Aug. 31, 2007  15-16  Grade 10  Year 11  IGCSE
Sept.1, 2005 - Aug. 31, 2006  16-17  Grade 11  Year 12  IB
Sept.1, 2004 - Aug. 31, 2005  17-18  Grade 12  Year 13  IB

This table has all the information you need regarding grades and year groups at British International School of Chicago, South Loop. This should allow you to determine what year group your child will be in based on their age. For clarification, we take another look at commonly asked questions around the US school system.

At what age do children start school in the US? 
Children begin Nursery at the age of three. For the 2022 - 2023 school year, children who turn three after September 1, 2022 may still enrol in the Nursery program. However, they will need to repeat Nursery with their age-appropriate cohort the following year. 
Children must be four years of age by August 31 to enter Reception. All children need to be potty trained prior to starting school. 

How old are you in Primary School? 
Kindergarten and grades 1-5 make up Primary School. All children ages 5-11 will study at Primary School before moving onto Middle School. 

What age are you in Middle School? 
Middle school is shorter than Primary School, covering grades 6-8. Children start Middle School aged 11 and leave aged 14. Children are aged 14-18 during their time at High School. 

How old are you in High School? 
High school is where students study their IGCSEs and the International Baccalaureate with British International School of Chicago, South Loop. 

Parents will find everything they need to know about age requirements and grades on this page. If your child is looking to join our family of over 70 schools, you can find more details about admissions right here.