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Age Guidelines

The British education system operates best on the premise that students thrive best
in their correct class age groups. To better understand our school age requirements,

Please refer to the table below.


Age by Aug. 31 U.S Grade Year Group (UK)
3 years Nursery Nursery
4 years Pre-Kindergarten Reception
5 years Kindergarten Year 1
6 years Grade 1 Year 2
7 years Grade 2 Year 3
8 years Grade 3 Year 4
9 years Grade 4 Year 5
10 years Grade 5 Year 6
11 years Grade 6 Year 7 (MYP 1)
12 years Grade 7 Year 8 (MYP 2)
13 years Grade 8 Year 9 (MYP 3)
14 years Grade 9 Year 10 (MYP 4)
15 years Grade 10 Year 11 (MYP 5)
16 years Grade 11 Year 12 (IB Diploma 1)*
17 years Grade 12 Year 13 ( IB Diploma 2)*


*BBIS is a Candidate School* for the Diploma Programme (DP). The school is pursuing authorization as
an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high
quality, challenging, international education that BBIS believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the
Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP),
or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be
granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

* Please note that we reserve the right to exercise discretion on entry age criteria. An exception to the
rule may include children born six weeks on either side of the August 31st cut-off date or students who
were born prematurely.