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.

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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  • pomhorn
    2014-09-12 11:04:09
    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