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Age/Year Level Equivalents

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Age/Year Level Equivalents

Understanding Year Level & Grade Equivalents

Every country structures its education system differently. From grades and year levels to elementary and primary, the terms can vary greatly and cause confusion for parents. The charts on this page provide a comparison of the major education systems, the grade/year level equivalents for each, and the age of the students within those levels. Students at NIST are placed in year levels based on their age. These year levels in turn form the three programmes of the International Baccalaureate: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP).

Students joining NIST from other schools are placed in year levels based on their ages and current year/grade levels. While age and academic performance do not always have a strong correlation, we believe it is important that children have the opportunity to interact with peers their own age. This social and emotional development plays an important role in their learning and helps them flourish independent of their academic ability. Only in exceptional cases will students be placed in year levels outside of their age range.

The Impact of a NIST Education

With its international focus and transdisciplinary approach, the IB programme allows easy transition to and from other systems. Building on this, the NIST curriculum provides a strong foundation that enables students to succeed in other schools, and excel upon studying at universities around the world.

2022-2023 School Year

Date of BirthClass at NISTAustraliaIndiaJapanNew ZealandThailandUKUS/Canada
01 Sep. 2018 - 31 Aug. 2019Early Years 1 (PYP)Pre-schoolNurseryKindergarten 1-Kindergarten 1ReceptionPre-school
01 Sep. 2017 - 31 Aug. 2018Early Years 2 (PYP)Pre-schoolKindergarten 1Kindergarten 2KindergartenKindergarten 2ReceptionPre-school
01 Sep. 2016 - 31 Aug. 2017Year 1 (PYP)Kindergarten/PrepKindergarten 2Kindergarten 3Year 1Kindergarten 3Year 1Kindergarten
01 Sep. 2015 - 31 Aug. 2016Year 2 (PYP)Year 1Standard 1Elementary Grade 1Year 2Prathom 1Year 2Grade 1
01 Sep. 2014 - 31 Aug. 2015Year 3 (PYP)Year 2Standard 2Elementary Grade 2Year 3Prathom 2Year 3Grade 2
01 Sep. 2013 - 31 Aug. 2014Year 4 (PYP)Year 3Standard 3Elementary Grade 3Year 4Prathom 3Year 4Grade 3
01 Sep. 2012 - 31 Aug. 2013Year 5 (PYP)Year 4Standard 4Elementary Grade 4Year 5Prathom 4Year 5Grade 4
01 Sep. 2011 - 31 Aug. 2012Year 6 (PYP)Year 5Standard 5Elementary Grade 5Year 6Prathom 5Year 6Grade 5
01 Sep. 2010 - 31 Aug. 2011Year 7 (MYP)Year 6Standard 6Elementary Grade 6Year 7Prathom 6Year 7Grade 6
01 Sep. 2009 - 31 Aug. 2010Year 8 (MYP)Year 7Standard 7Middle School Grade 1Year 8Matayom 1Year 8Grade 7
01 Sep. 2008 - 31 Aug. 2009Year 9 (MYP)Year 8Standard 8Middle School Grade 2Year 9Matayom 2Year 9Grade 8
01 Sep. 2007 - 31 Aug. 2008Year 10 (MYP)Year 9Standard 9Middle School Grade 3Year 10Matayom 3Year 10Grade 9
01 Sep. 2006 - 31 Aug. 2007Year 11 (MYP)Year 10Standard 10High School Grade 1Year 11Matayom 4Year 11Grade 10
01 Sep. 2005 - 31 Aug. 2006Year 12 (DP)Year 11Higher Secondary 1High School Grade 2Year 12Matayom 5Year 12Grade 11
01 Sep. 2004 - 31 Aug. 2005Year 13 (DP)Year 12Higher Secondary 2High School Grade 3Year 13Matayom 6Year 13Grade 12

2021-2022 School Year

Date of BirthClass at NISTAustraliaIndiaJapanNew ZealandThailandUKUS/Canada
01 Sep. 2017 - 31 Aug. 2018Early Years 1 (PYP)Pre-schoolNurseryKindergarten 1-Kindergarten 1ReceptionPre-school
01 Sep. 2016 - 31 Aug. 2017Early Years 2 (PYP)Pre-schoolKindergarten 1Kindergarten 2KindergartenKindergarten 2ReceptionPre-school
01 Sep. 2015 - 31 Aug. 2016Year 1 (PYP)Kindergarten/PrepKindergarten 2Kindergarten 3Year 1Kindergarten 3Year 1Kindergarten
01 Sep. 2014 - 31 Aug. 2015Year 2 (PYP)Year 1Standard 1Elementary Grade 1Year 2Prathom 1Year 2Grade 1
01 Sep. 2013 - 31 Aug. 2014Year 3 (PYP)Year 2Standard 2Elementary Grade 2Year 3Prathom 2Year 3Grade 2
01 Sep. 2012 - 31 Aug. 2013Year 4 (PYP)Year 3Standard 3Elementary Grade 3Year 4Prathom 3Year 4Grade 3
01 Sep. 2011 - 31 Aug. 2012Year 5 (PYP)Year 4Standard 4Elementary Grade 4Year 5Prathom 4Year 5Grade 4
01 Sep. 2010 - 31 Aug. 2011Year 6 (PYP)Year 5Standard 5Elementary Grade 5Year 6Prathom 5Year 6Grade 5
01 Sep. 2009 - 31 Aug. 2010Year 7 (MYP)Year 6Standard 6Elementary Grade 6Year 7Prathom 6Year 7Grade 6
01 Sep. 2008 - 31 Aug. 2009Year 8 (MYP)Year 7Standard 7Middle School Grade 1Year 8Matayom 1Year 8Grade 7
01 Sep. 2007 - 31 Aug. 2008Year 9 (MYP)Year 8Standard 8Middle School Grade 2Year 9Matayom 2Year 9Grade 8
01 Sep. 2006 - 31 Aug. 2007Year 10 (MYP)Year 9Standard 9Middle School Grade 3Year 10Matayom 3Year 10Grade 9
01 Sep. 2005 - 31 Aug. 2006Year 11 (MYP)Year 10Standard 10High School Grade 1Year 11Matayom 4Year 11Grade 10
01 Sep. 2004 - 31 Aug. 2005Year 12 (DP)Year 11Higher Secondary 1High School Grade 2Year 12Matayom 5Year 12Grade 11
01 Sep. 2003 - 31 Aug. 2004Year 13 (DP)Year 12Higher Secondary 2High School Grade 3Year 13Matayom 6Year 13Grade 12

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