Grade Levels

Formal education in the US is generally mandatory from age 5/6 to 16, varying slightly by state. School-level education is divided into “grades”. US grades K (Kindergarten) – 12 in the US correspond to Years 1 – 13 in the UK, as summarised in the chart below. Schooling usually begins with elementary/primary school (Kindergarten – US grade 5), followed by middle/junior high school (US grades 6 – 8) and finishing with high school (US grades 9 to 12). Some US children begin their education at privately-run pre-schools.

Age Level of Study US Grade UK Year
3 – 4 Pre-school N/A Nursery School
5 – 10 Elementary / Primary/ Kindergarten – 5th Years 1 – 6
11 – 13 Middle School 6th – 8th Years 7 – 9
14 – 18 High School 9th – 12th (Freshman – Senior) Years 10 – 13

 

Source: The US-UK Fulbright Commission

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