Grade Placement 

Grade Placement

ICS grade placement is based on the American system of education. Students enter ICS from a variety of educational backgrounds and we consider factors such as age, previous educational system and academic success within that system when determining grade placement. For social and developmental reasons, ICS will not enroll students who are more than one year older or younger than the expected age for the grade into which they should be placed academically. ICS will also not accept students into grade 12 after the beginning of the academic year.

Parents are responsible for providing all school records in English. Grade placement cannot be determined without school records, except for students starting school. Placement assessments may also be required, based on our evaluation of the applicant's educational background and records.

Early Childhood (EC) and Kindergarten Placement

Students entering early childhood or kindergarten must be the appropriate age for the class to which they are applying; no exceptions are made. All children must be fully toilet-trained.

Placement for Grades 1 - 5

Grade placement for grades 1 to 5 is determined by ICS based on age. Secondary factors that can affect placement are previous educational system and calendar, academic success within the previous system and any additional assessments required by ICS. Placement of children with birthdays in the summer months leading up to the 31 August cut-off is also considered on a case-by-case basis.

Middle and High School Grade Placement

Grade placement for middle and high school applicants is determined based primarily on previous school records and the previous educational system in which the student was enrolled. Placement assessments may also be used to assist with the admissions process, to determine English level and/or math placement. Applicants coming from non-US based programs are encouraged to bring textbooks or examples of coursework from math, English and second language classes, in addition to the previous two years of school records.
 

Appropriate Ages for Grade Level Placement

ICS uses a 31 August cut-off date to determine the age-appropriate grade level for children. ICS reserves the right, in consultation with the family, to make the final decision regarding grade placement.


ICS Grade Level

Age on or before 31 August

Early Childhood EC3  3
EC4  4

Elementary School

KG  5
Grade 1  6
 Grade 2  7
Grade 3  8
Grade 4  9
Grade 5 10
Middle School Grade 6 11
Grade 7 12
Grade 8 13
High School Grade 9 14
Grade 10 15
Grade 11 16
Grade 12 17
 
Students Transferring from Non-American Educational Systems
 
Education Systems with Alternate Calendars
 
Some national school systems (particularly in the southern hemisphere) have very different start/finish dates than ICS. ICS is conservative when placing students in such transfers. If a child has just finished the equivalent of our grade eight in one system in December, for example, and is transferring to ICS in January, we will not “skip” half of our grade nine year and enroll him/her in grade nine, in the middle of our school year. In most circumstances, the child will repeat the last half of grade eight with us and then begin grade nine in August.
 
British-Based Education System
 
There is a simple numbering difference between the British year system and the ICS system. We will use the scale below for purposes of grade level placement at ICS for students coming from British-based educational systems.
 
Years 10 and 11 (GCSE or O-level years) are the equivalent of grades 9 and 10 at ICS. Years 12 and 13 (A-level years) are the equivalent of grades 11 and 12 at ICS, during which students may elect to participate in the IB Diploma Programme.

 

Early Childhood and Elementary School

ICS Grade Level

EC3

EC4

KG

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

British Year Level

Nursery

Reception

1

2

3

4

5

6

Age by August 31

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

Middle and High School

ICS Grade Level

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

British Year Level

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

Age by August 31

11

12

13

14

15

16

17