U.S. School Grades

Ever wondered what’s the difference between a US Grade and the UK Year?
Or when is the Sophomore year?
We’ve made it easy for you by compiling a table comparing the different school years.

For more information on the U.S. School system, go to the Fulbright Commission’s
web page

 

 US Grades/British School Years compared

 

US Grade system Level Age England and Wales Scotland NorthernIreland
Nursery/Pre-K3-4 Pre-school 0-4 Nursery/Pre-school Nursery(non-compulsory) Nursery (non-compulsory)
Pre-K 4-5 4-5 Reception Nursery(non-compulsory) Primary – Key Stage 1Year 1
Kindergarten 5-6 Year 1 PrimaryP1 Year 2
Grade 1  Elementary 6-7 Year 2 PrimaryP2 Year 3
Grade 2 7-8 Year 3 Primary P3 Year 4
Grade 3 8-9 Year 4 Primary P4 Year 5
Grade 4 9-10 Year 5 Primary P5 Year 6
Grade 5 10-11 Year 6 Primary P6 Year 7
Grade 6 Junior High 11-12 secondaryYear 7 Primary P7 secondaryYear 8
Grade 7 12-13 Year 8 SecondaryS 1 Year 9
Grade 8 13-14 Year 9 S 2 Year 10
Grade 9 High School: Freshman 14-15 Year 10 S3 Year 11
Grade 10 HS: Sophomore 14-16 Year 11 S4 Year 12
Grade 11 HS: Junior 16-17 Year 12 (lower 6th form) S5 Year 13
Grade 12 HS: Senior 17-18 Year 13 (upper 6th form) S6 Year 14
Junior College University, Technical College or Community College 18+