Age Requirements & Grade Placement

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Grade Placement

GEMS American Academy seeks to make the most appropriate grade placement for each student based on his or her age, as well as academic, social and emotional development within policy guidelines. For this reason, new students are required to complete an appropriate level assessment to determine placement and fit.

In some instances, students may be asked to return for additional testing or interviewing. GAA closely observes and monitors the grade placement for all new students for at least a three-week period to ensure that students have been appropriately placed. The school reserves the right to rescind admission should the placement not be appropriate for the program or child as determined by the school.

GEMS American Academy follows the ADEK age requirement for students entering KG1*. A student needs to turn 4 years of age by December 31st of the academic year. All other students must have turned the age listed next to the grade level for the Academic Year and have a corresponding Transfer Certificate. To assist those coming from a non-American curriculum, please refer to the table below as a guideline for which grade to apply to. Further clarification will be done by the Admission team, and educational governing body.

Comparison of Ages & Names Across Different Curriculum

   

GEMS

American

Academy

USA

Canada

England

Australia /

New Zealand

South

Africa

France

Singapore

Age as of

Dec 31st 

Age Range

in Level

GRADE  GRADE GRADE YEAR YEAR YEAR YEAR CLASS
3 years old 3 - 4 --  Pre School Pre School FS1 (Nursery) -- -- PS Pre School
4 years old 4 - 5 KG1  KG1 Junior KG FS2 (Reception) KG -- MS Pre School
5 years old 5 - 6 KG2  KG2 Senior KG 1 Prep Reception GS Pre School
6 years old 6 - 7 1 1 2 I 1 CP P1
7 years old 7 - 8 2 2 3 2 2 CE1 P2
8 years old 8 - 9 3 3 4 3 3 CE2 P3
9 years old 9 - 10 4 4 5 4 4 CM1 P4
10 years old 10 - 11 5 5 6 5 5 CM2 P5
11 years old 11 - 12 6 6 7 6 6 Sixieme P6
12 years old   12 - 13 7 7 8 7 7 Cinquieme S1
13 years old 13 - 14 8 8 9 8 8 Quatrieme S2
14 years old 14 - 15 9 9 10 9 9 Troisieme S3
15 years old 15 - 16 10  10 10 11 10 10 Seconde S4
16 years old 16 - 17 11  11 11 12 11 11 Premiere -
17 years old 17 - 18 12  12 12 13 12 12 Terminale -