school level

John McNeill johnm at ROM.ON.CA
Tue Aug 20 08:19:46 CDT 1996

On August 19, Philippe Cuenoud (Geneva, Switzerland) wrote:

>Dear all,
>I need to know to which age corresponds, in countries of the commonwealth,
>the school level "grade ten".
>Thanks a lot

I hope I am not being to obtuse but:

1) "grade ten" where - in Geneva, or in North America?

2) which "commonwealth" - Commonwealth of Australia, Commonwealth of
Massachusetts, the British Commonwealth (surely its disparate members
do not have anything like a common system of school levels)?

To the only question to which I know the answer (as a Brit, long in
North America): add 6 to the North American grade number and one gets
an approximation of the student's age.  So a tenth grader will be
around 16 (or maybe 15 if smart, and 17 if a slow learner).

John McNeill

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