Education in France: French School Grade Equivalents

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Education in France: French School Grade Equivalents

Moving to France with your children and unsure which class your child should attend? Welcome to our guide to French school classes and grades.

Trying to determine which school grade your child should attend in their new school system is often one of the most challenging aspects of moving into a foreign school system. France, the UK and the US all have their own school grade structures.

Here is a list of school grade equivalents in France vs. the UK and vs. the US for your reference. Please keep in mind though that each child has its own ability and capacity, and a mere school grade equivalent is not always the best deciding factor in where a child will best be suited.

AgeFranceUKUSA
3Maternelle PetiteNurseryNursery
4Maternelle MoyenneReceptionPre-K
5Maternelle GrandeYear 1Kindergarten
6C.P.Year 21st Grade
7C.E. 1Year 32nd Grade
8C.E. 2Year 43rd Grade
9C.M. 1Year 54th Grade
10C.M. 2Year 65th Grade
116èmeYear 76th Grade
125èmeYear 87th Grade
134èmeYear 98th Grade
143èmeYear 109th Grade
152èmeYear 1110th Grade
161èreYear 1211th Grade
17TerminaleYear 1312th Grade

 

See also: an introduction to the French state education system

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  •  12345
    2021-06-13 02:23:41
    12345
    10th grade in France is called Seconde (2nd) not Deuxieme (2eme).

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  • 10asa
    2016-01-13 17:04:07
    10asa
    Please be aware, and I am only speaking from an English person as I do not know the USA system but this is only a guide and not accurate. The English system operates school years by the 31 August deadline, the French do not. the French work on the year the Child was born. So a Child born in say November would actually be in the Year group above in France. Obviously this applies if a French Child moved to the UK and was a November child they would officially be in the year group below this stated in the above table. Worth bearing in mind but to be honest if your from England and move to France your child would probable re double a year.

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  • Ashley6345
    2015-07-20 09:17:12
    Ashley6345
    Hi, I can actually speak from experience, having switched from the US system to the UK system myself. I don't recommend switching systems to anyone over 7th or 8th grade (US). Anyone who have children below that, it should be fine because there is time to get used to the grading methods, style of teaching and the content of the syllabus. I switched over to British A-levels when I was 16(11th grade) and it was pretty challenging. For example, the way answers are structured for exams are different in both systems as well as the structure of essays. It took a while for me to learn them and it definitely put me at a disadvantage. In the end , I passed but not with flying colors like I used to in the US system. And also it made it a bit harder applying online (I live in Kenya) to universities where they ask for British O levels which I didn't have. So be prepared to have both sets of transcripts when applying. Hope this helped, Ashley6345

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  • pomhorn
    2014-09-12 11:04:09
    pomhorn
    Hi Switching from one school system to another can be rather problematic, but will very much depend at what age. eg. I switched at the age of 16 with 8 "O" levels and 1 " A" level back to France ( and I was fluent French ). I " lost " 2 years, which was quite justified ( in the 1950ties ). Of course later several languagues worked in my favor. Is it much different today? So looking for " equivalents " is certainly a little theoretical. Yours, pomhorn

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