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school year help please

Old Dec 23rd 2009, 10:00 am
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hi can anyone help i am a little confused by the canadian school years / grades. could anybody tell me what grade my son would enter if he started school in september 2010, bc canada. he will be 11 yrs in april born 1999 ?
does anybody have any advice on the school system in bc ?
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Old Dec 23rd 2009, 10:04 am
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He would most likely enter with his age group in grade 6.
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wow prompt reply thats really helpfull thankyou
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In Ontario the school cut off for ages is end of Dec but school year is Sept to Jun. Not very clear I know!

Child born in Jan 99 will start grade 6 in Sept 2010.
Child born in Dec 98 would start grade 8 in Sept 2010.

There can be young end kids in the school year because of this. Potentially kids could be 17 and finishing school.

This is only Ontario, can't speak for other provinces.
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There is no universal "Canadian school system" as each province does things differently.

In BC, elementary school goes from Kindergarten until Grade 7.
High school (or secondary school) goes from Grade 8 until Grade 12.

If he turns 11 in April of 2010, that means he'll be entering Grade 6 in September 2010. He'll finish grade 6 in June 2011, the year he turns 12.

His peers (the kids his age who he'll be going to school with next year) are currently 4 months into Grade 5.

Here's the general breakdown of grades and ages in BC (based on the age they will be turning the year they enter that grade, and the age they will be turning on the year they finish that grade).


Elementary School


Kindergarten = 5/6 year olds
Grade 1 = 6/7 year olds
Grade 2 = 7/8 year olds
Grade 3 = 8/9 year olds
Grade 4 = 9/10 year olds
Grade 5 = 10/11 year olds
Grade 6 = 11/12 year olds
Grade 7 = 12/13 year olds

Secondary school

Grade 8 = 13/14 year olds
Grade 9 = 14/15 year olds
Grade 10 = 15/16 year olds
Grade 11 = 16/17 year olds
Grade 12 = 17/18 year olds (high school diploma)

University (undergrad)

1st year = 18/19 year olds
2nd year = 19/20 year olds
3rd year = 20/21 year olds
4th year = 21/22 year olds (Bachelors degree)

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thankyou thats all the information i needed a real big help
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Originally Posted by misplacedheidi
In Ontario the school cut off for ages is end of Dec but school year is Sept to Jun. Not very clear I know!

Child born in Jan 99 will start grade 6 in Sept 2010.
Child born in Dec 98 would start grade 8 in Sept 2010.

There can be young end kids in the school year because of this. Potentially kids could be 17 and finishing school.

This is only Ontario, can't speak for other provinces.
brilliant thankyou
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