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Student Grade Placement

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.

Elementary School (grades PreK 3-5)

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

 

Middle School (grades 6-8)

ISB Grade Level of Entering School Year UK Equivalent Grade Age by August 31
Grade 6 Year 7 11 years old
Grade 7 Year 8 12 years old
Grade 8 Year 9 13 years old

 

High School (grades 9-12)

ISB Grade Level of Entering School Year UK Equivalent Grade Age by August 31
Grade 9 Year 10 14 years old
Grade 10 Year 11 15 years old
Grade 11 Year 12 16 years old

 

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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 admission@isb.bj.edu.cn.