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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 Grade 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 31st. 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 (for grades PreK 3 - 5)

ISB Grade Level of
Entering School Year
UK
Equivalent Grade
Age by
August 31st
Pre-Kindergarten 3Early Years3 years old
Pre-Kindergarten 4Reception Year4 years old
KindergartenYear 15 years old
Grade 1Year 26 years old
Grade 2Year 37 years old
Grade 3Year 48 years old
Grade 4Year 59 years old
Grade 5Year 610 years old

Middle School (for grades 6 - 8)

ISB Grade Level of
Entering School Year
UK
Equivalent Grade
Age by
August 31st
Grade 6Year 711 years old
Grade 7Year 812 years old
Grade 8Year 913 years old

High School (for grades 9 - 12)

ISB Grade Level of
Entering School Year
UK
Equivalent Grade
Age by
August 31st
Grade 9Year 1014 years old
Grade 10Year 1115 years old
Grade 11Year 1216 years old

Students who apply from schools with academic calendars that differ from ISB

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 admission@isb.bj.edu.cn.

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