Age Placement Guide
Grade Level Placement
GWA-Dubai places students in age-appropriate grade levels in accordance with the Ministry of Education/KHDA regulations. The IB programs allow for a great degree of academic differentiation and therefore we rarely accelerate children into higher grades, nor retain children in a lower year group.
Families are encouraged to use the country comparison chart below to ensure that they are applying to the correct grade level, taking into account the differences that exist in the naming of “grades” around the world. (As an example, Year 2 in England is equivalent to Grade 1 at GWA-Dubai although both programs are for a 6-year old that turn 7 during the school year).
If there are questions about the correct grade-level placement, please contact the Registration Team.
|Age as of December 31 of each school year||GWA-Dubai||North America||England||Australia/ NZ||South Africa|
|3 years old (toilet trained)||Pre-K||PreK or Nursery||FS1 (Nursery)||--||--|
|4 years old (toilet trained)||Kg1||PreK||FS2 (Reception)||Kg||--|
|5 years old||Kg2||Kg||1||Prep||Reception|
|6 years old||1||1||2||1||1|
|7 years old||2||2||3||2||2|
|8 years old||3||3||4||3||3|
|9 years old||4||4||5||4||4|
|10 years old||5||5||6||5||5|
|11 years old||6||6||7||6||6|
|12 years old||7||7||8||7||7|
|13 years old||8||8||9||8||8|
|14 years old||9||9||10||9||9|
|15 years old||10||10||11||10||10|
|16 years old||11||11||12||11||11|
|17 years old||12||12||13||12||12|