Starting Age Guide & Grade Equivalents

Section

AIS / US Grade 

HK Grade

UK Grade &
IB Level 

Age

Elementary School Early Childhood 1 Kindergarten 1 (K1)    3 
  Early Childhood 2 Kindergarten 2 (K2)  Reception  4
  Grade 1 Junior Kindergarten 3 (K3) Year 1  5
  Grade 1 Primary 1 Year 2  6
  Grade 2 Primary 2 Year 3  7
  Grade 3 Primary 3 Year 4  8
  Grade 4 Primary 4 Year 5  9
  Grade 5 Primary 5 Year 6  10
Middle School Grade 6 Primary 6 Year 7  11
  Grade 7 Form 1 Year 8  12
  Grade 8 Form 2 Year 9  13
High School Grade 9 Form 3 Year 10  14
  Grade 10 Form 4 Year 11  15
  Grade 11 Form 5 Year 12  16
  Grade 12 Form 6  Year 13  17

Beginning in August 2017, Grade 5 students will become part of our Middle School community.  Our new structure for the 2017-18 school year will be as follows:

Early Childhood Elementary School Middle School High School
Early Childhood 1 - Grade 1 Junior Grade 1 - 4 Grade 5 - 8 Grade 9 - 12

Note:

  1. Students seeking enrollment at AIS from Early Childhood 1 to Grade 1 are placed according to their age on or before 31 December.  For example, students applying to our Early Childhood 1 for 2017-2018 should be born between 1 Jan 2014 and 31 Dec 2014.
  2. Students transferring from a country with a school year that follows a different calendar than AIS will be required to continue in the same grade level they have just completed. For example, a student who completed Grade 8 in Korea in February would be placed in Grade 8 for the remainder of the academic year at AIS.
  3. Students successfully transferring into AIS during the school year will be required to continue their academic program in the same grade level for the remainder of the AIS academic year.
  4. For other national curriculum grade equivalents, please check with our Admissions Office directly.