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People not from America: When Americans mention, "grade levels (7th, 8th, 9th, etc.)," You use the logic of Bart Simpson being 10 years old and in the 4th grade to figure out what age group they're talking about. amirite?

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Actually, 9 year olds are the primary group in 4th grade. So you would be off by a year. At least, that's how it is where I live and in the popular television show "Recess". But I suppose this works for just the general group (Ex: 8-10 would be a group for 4th grade)

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@Actually, 9 year olds are the primary group in 4th grade. So you would be off by a year. At least, that's how it is...

I started school in NC and the cut off date was October 1st. My birthday is September 26th though so a lot of people were still older than me especially since I moved right after Kindergarten and the cut off date was September 1st. hehe smilie

@Actually, 9 year olds are the primary group in 4th grade. So you would be off by a year. At least, that's how it is...

I'm still like 5th youngest in my grade and my birthday is in June. We have a really old school. Like some seniors are 19 and we just started school last week.

@Actually, 9 year olds are the primary group in 4th grade. So you would be off by a year. At least, that's how it is...

I think even if you start at eight, you'll generally be nine within a month or two of school starting. Cut off dates are usually "you have to be this age by September/October", not January or something.

@Actually, 9 year olds are the primary group in 4th grade. So you would be off by a year. At least, that's how it is...

@empororerror She means she didn't turn 9 in fourth grade until November 22 when everyone else already was nine.

@Actually, 9 year olds are the primary group in 4th grade. So you would be off by a year. At least, that's how it is...

Around here it's September 1st and some of my friends are babies and she was 5 in first grade it was so sweet but mostly at my school everyone starts school a year late so they're good at sports. un smilie

@Actually, 9 year olds are the primary group in 4th grade. So you would be off by a year. At least, that's how it is...

Where I live, you generally start off 9 in 4th grade and turn 10 some time during the year.

@Actually, 9 year olds are the primary group in 4th grade. So you would be off by a year. At least, that's how it is...

Oh, where I live it's "Turn the older age by the end of August in the summer after this school year."

@Actually, 9 year olds are the primary group in 4th grade. So you would be off by a year. At least, that's how it is...

In my school district our cut off date is December 1st (You had to be 5 by then to enter Kindergaden) I'm November 22 and I'm a full year younger than some people in my grade.

@Actually, 9 year olds are the primary group in 4th grade. So you would be off by a year. At least, that's how it is...

I know, Kirsten. Where I live people born in late November would be some of the older kids in the grade.

@Actually, 9 year olds are the primary group in 4th grade. So you would be off by a year. At least, that's how it is...

Oh sorry D: I didn't mean to sound patronizing. I just wrote 'I know,' then added 'Kirsten' thinking people might not know who I was talking to, despite the fact that you were the only one who had commented after me.

And no problem.

Ummm, don't most countries' kids turn 10 in the 4th grade? I'm pretty sure that's how it works.

@strawberrymoo Ummm, don't most countries' kids turn 10 in the 4th grade? I'm pretty sure that's how it works.

I'm American, and I"ll graduate at 17. But I'm younger than most of my friends, so that's not the norm

@strawberrymoo Ummm, don't most countries' kids turn 10 in the 4th grade? I'm pretty sure that's how it works.

You don't do more school than us then, you just number it differently. We do pre-primary then grade R then 1-12. So our grade R is the equivalent of your grade 1.
I don't know how the USA works though, I'm South African.

@strawberrymoo Ummm, don't most countries' kids turn 10 in the 4th grade? I'm pretty sure that's how it works.

Even if kindergarten weren't mandatory, it's a free babysitter, so most parents would send their kids off.

@strawberrymoo Ummm, don't most countries' kids turn 10 in the 4th grade? I'm pretty sure that's how it works.

I actually heard they're starting to only accept kids in kindergarten if they can already read or say the alphabet n such. Maybe that's just where I live, I'm not sure. & following ballet_apocalypse, I'm pretty sure it is normal to graduate at 17 because it really just depends on if you're a summer baby or not, so I thought I would let you know (:

@strawberrymoo Ummm, don't most countries' kids turn 10 in the 4th grade? I'm pretty sure that's how it works.

I think it's mandatory in SC too but even if it isn't, I'm assuming most parents choose to enroll their kids in it.

@strawberrymoo Ummm, don't most countries' kids turn 10 in the 4th grade? I'm pretty sure that's how it works.

Also, DanniDolphin, assuming I don't take a year off, I won't be 18 until after I start college.

@strawberrymoo Ummm, don't most countries' kids turn 10 in the 4th grade? I'm pretty sure that's how it works.

I think it all depends on cut-off dates, if parents decide to wait before putting their kid in school (I have a cousin whose parents did that so he's in the grade below me but he's a month older), if you ever failed a grade, if you take a year off... So many factors. swt smilie

@strawberrymoo Ummm, don't most countries' kids turn 10 in the 4th grade? I'm pretty sure that's how it works.

Haha, no, we just do more school that you guys - up to year 13 instead of grade 12.

@strawberrymoo Ummm, don't most countries' kids turn 10 in the 4th grade? I'm pretty sure that's how it works.

well tharrr you go haha that's what I was trying to say though, was that it was completely normal. Same thing happened with my mom, she was 17 but I know a guy who's 19 & is just about to start. It's a little confusing :p

@strawberrymoo Ummm, don't most countries' kids turn 10 in the 4th grade? I'm pretty sure that's how it works.

About 95% of the kids where I live graduate at 18. The cutoff date here is September 1.

lets make this easy.

preschool; 3, 4 year olds
kindergarten: 5 year olds
1st grade: 6-7 year olds
2nd grade: 7-8 year olds
3rd grade: 8-9 year olds
4th grade: 9-10 year olds
5th grade: 10-11 year olds
6th grade: 11-12 year olds
7th grade: 12-13 year olds
8th grade: 13-14 year olds
9th grade(freshman): 14-15 year olds
10th grade(sophomore): 15-16 year olds
11th grade(juniors): 16-17 year olds
12th grade(seniors): 17-18 year olds

I was nine in fourth grade. My birthday is in June so I'll graduate this year at 17 and won't be 18 for about a month afterwards

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