We understand that moving between international school systems can be a complicated process. In our experience, students excel when grouped with those of a similar age and this is especially true for our Lower Elementary classrooms.
Please refer to ISB’s grade placement guidelines chart below. Know that PreK 3 through grade 1 applicant students will be placed, without exception, in accordance to their age as of August 31. Students who have completed a grade 1 program or higher and who are young according to ISB’s grade placement guidelines may, at times, be considered for a higher-grade placement. Under these circumstances, a student’s academic, social and emotional development will guide the student’s grade placement.
|ISB Grade Level of Entering School Year||UK Equivalent Grade||Age by August 31|
|Pre-Kindergarten 3||Early Years||3 years old|
|Pre-Kindergarten 4||Reception Year||4 years old|
|Kindergarten||Year 1||5 years old|
|Grade 1||Year 2||6 years old|
|Grade 2||Year 3||7 years old|
|Grade 3||Year 4||8 years old|
|Grade 4||Year 5||9 years old|
|Grade 5||Year 6||10 years old|
Students Applying from Schools with Academic Calendars that Differ from ISB's
ISB’s academic year starts in early August and ends in early to mid-June. Grade placement decisions for students who apply from schools or educational systems with a different school calendar, such as those commonly found in Korea, Japan, or Australia, will be based on a combination of factors including the:
- Student’s age
- Percentage of the school year the student has completed in his/her last school
- Percentage of the school year remaining in ISB’s school calendar
Please contact the admissions office with any grade placement questions you may have via firstname.lastname@example.org.