Age Placement Guide

Grade Level Placement

The Academy places students in age-appropriate grade levels in accordance with the Ministry of Education/KHDA regulations. The IB programs allow for a great degree of academic differentiation and therefore we rarely accelerate children into higher grades, nor retain children in a lower year group.

Families are encouraged to use the country comparison chart below to ensure that they are applying to the correct grade level, taking into account the differences that exist in the naming of “grades” around the world. (As an example, Year 2 in England is equivalent to Grade 1 at The Academy although both programs are for a 6-year old that turn 7 during the school year).

If there are questions about the correct grade-level placement, please contact the Registration Team.

Age as of December 31 of each school year

The Academy

North America

Australia/ NZ

South Africa

"Year"

"Grade"

"Year"

"Year"

3 years old (toilet trained)

FS1 (Nursery)

PreK or Nursery

--

--

4 years old (toilet trained)

FS2 (Reception)

PreK

Kg

--

5 years old

1

Kg

Prep

Reception

6 years old

2

1

1

1

7 years old

3

2

2

2

8 years old

4

3

3

3

9 years old

5

4

4

4

10 years old

6

5

5

5

11 years old

7

6

6

6

12 years old

8

7

7

7

13 years old

9

8

8

8

14 years old

10

9

9

9

15 years old

11

10

10

10

16 years old

12

11

11

11

17 years old

13

12

12

12

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