The School Years

What are the year names and what age groups are in them?

American school years and other countries' school year names compared.
What are the classes called, and what age group is it?
Here is a chart to show the years together.

The names of the years of children's schooling are different across countries.
This can make searching the intranet for the appropriate worksheets or resources for your child a little tricky.
High school years names and American school year names are not the same across every school system.

Probably the most frequently asked question is what are the school year names in the USA?

The answer

  • PreSchool
  • Kindergarten
  • 1st to 8th Grade
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior

The naming convention of school years across countries can be confusing.
The second year of school is called Year 1 in England. In Scotland its P2 and the US its Kindergarten.

Table 1: The different levels of education systems
The flag of the USA The flag of England The flag of Scotland The flag of Australia The flag of the People's Republic of China The flag of India
Age USA England Scotland Australia China India
4-5 PreSchool Reception P1 Kindergarten No school LKG
5-6 Kindergarten Year 1 P2 Kindergarten / Prep No school UKG
6-7 1st Grade Year 2 P3 Year 1 Year 1 Class 1
7-8 2nd Grade Year 3 P4 Year 2 Year 2 Class 2
8-9 3rd Grade Year 4 P5 Year 3 Year 3 Class 3
9-10 4th Grade Year 5 P6 Year 4 Year 4 Class 4
10-11 5th Grade Year 6 P7 Year 5 Year 5 Class 5
11-12 6th Grade Year 7 S1 Year 6 Year 6 Class 6
12-13 7th Grade Year 8 S2 Year 7 Year 7 Class 7
13-14 8th Grade Year 9 S3 Year 8 Year 8 Class 8
14-15 9th Grade Freshman Year 10 S4 Year 9 Year 9 Class 9
15-16 10th Grade Sophomore Year 11 S5 Year 10 Year 10 Class 10
16-17 11th Grade Junior Lower Sixth S6 Year 11 Year 11 Class 11
17-18 12th Grade Senior Upper Sixth Higher Ed Year 12 Year 12 Class 12

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Table 1: The different levels of education systems in the USA, England and Scotland
The flag of the USA The flag of England The flag of Scotland
Age USA England Scotland
4-5 PreSchool Reception P1
5-6 Kindergarten Year 1 P2
6-7 1st Grade Year 2 P3
7-8 2nd Grade Year 3 P4
8-9 3rd Grade Year 4 P5
9-10 4th Grade Year 5 P6
10-11 5th Grade Year 6 P7
11-12 6th Grade Year 7 S1
12-13 7th Grade Year 8 S2
13-14 8th Grade Year 9 S3
14-15 9th Grade Freshman Year 10 S4
15-16 10th Grade Sophomore Year 11 S5
16-17 11th Grade Junior Lower Sixth S6
17-18 12th Grade Senior Upper Sixth Higher Ed
Table 2: The different levels of education systems in Australia, China and India
The flag of Australia The flag of the People's Republic of China The flag of India
Age Australia China India
4-5 Kindergarten No school LKG
5-6 Kindergarten / Prep No school UKG
6-7 Year 1 Year 1 Class 1
7-8 Year 2 Year 2 Class 2
8-9 Year 3 Year 3 Class 3
9-10 Year 4 Year 4 Class 4
10-11 Year 5 Year 5 Class 5
11-12 Year 6 Year 6 Class 6
12-13 Year 7 Year 7 Class 7
13-14 Year 8 Year 8 Class 8
14-15 Year 9 Year 9 Class 9
15-16 Year 10 Year 10 Class 10
16-17 Year 11 Year 11 Class 11
17-18 Year 12 Year 12 Class 12

The table above shows what years the class names are.
What the age range is for children in those classes
and comparatively what other countries name the school years.

Do you wish to know the school year names in a location we haven't covered?
Does your School do something different?
Email us [email protected]

Looking for the right worksheet can be tricky

If you are looking for information or resources to help your child in school or homeschooling then use the table above as a guide to what the age ranges are and what the year name is.

Why not try some of our worksheets?

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