Which grade?

Their education journey starts at the right age

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"At what age is my child ready for school?"

"I've just moved to a new country and I am not sure what grade my child should transfer to?"

These are questions we get asked a lot in our GEMS Schools. That's why we've put together this helpful table for you.

Age  UK USA France India
3 to 4 Nursery Pre-School Ecole Maternelle Play School
4 Foundation  Pre-School Ecole Maternelle Pre-School
4 to 5 Reception  Pre-K Ecole Maternelle Kindergarten
5 to 6 Year 1 Kindergarten Ecole Maternelle Grade 1 
6 to 7 Year 2 Grade 1  C.P Grade 2
 7 to 8  Year 3 Grade 2 C.E.1 Grade 3
8 to 9 Year 4 Grade 3 C.E.2 Grade 4 
9 to 10  Year 5 Grade 4  C.M.1 Grade 5 
10 to 11 Year 6  Grade 5  C.M.2 Grade 6 
11 to 12 Year 7  Grade 6  6ème Grade 7 
12 to 13 Year 8  Grade 7  5ème Grade 8 
13 to 14 Year 9  Grade 8  4ème  
14 to 15 Year 10  Grade 9  3ème Grade 9
15 to 16 Year 11 Grade 10  Seconde Grade 10
16 to 17 Year 12 Grade 11 Première Grade 11
17 to 18 Year 13 Grade 12 Terminale Grade 12 


Of course, this table should only be used as a guideline. At a GEMS School we take the time to meet each and every new learner and their family before they start with us. 

When considering your child for a place at any of our primary and secondary schools, we may even conduct an age related placement test as part of the admission process. This is just to make sure we understand where you child is at today and consider how we can best fit them into the appropriate education level for them.

School Age Cut-off Requirements in Dubai

KHDA has changed the age cut-off requirements for FS1 or Pre-KG in Dubai for Academic Year 2021-22 onwards.

Children enrolling in FS1 or Pre-KG in schools in Dubai starting in September must be three years old on or before August 31 of that year. Children enrolling in Pre-KG in schools starting in April must be three years old on or before March 31 of that year.

For more information, please visit the KHDA FAQ.

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