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"Skipping" a class at an international school

Postby Vyana » Sun, 31 May 2015 6:35 pm

Hi there!

My husband will be relocated this summer to Singapore and I'm searching a school for my daughter.
We're a french-japanese family. So our daughter speaks both languages.
2013-2014 we lived in California, where she attended the Kindergarten and learned English. So all her friends in California will go to 2nd Grade from this August. 2014-2015 we lived in Japan.

Now in my search of a school, I found on the site of SAIS (didn't find for other schools!!) the Grade placement from last year. And according to this list, this year 2nd Graders will be born from Sept 2007 - Aug 2008... :shock: my daughter is born Sept 2nd of 2008!!!! :mad: So at this school, she'll be a 1st grader and not a 2nd grader!!!!! Just because of 2 days...

She is not gifted but she is still a good student.
Is it possible to "skip" a year and to ask to place her in 2nd grade? Or at least, to assess her so that she's placed in the right class?? As the oldest kid of her class, I know she won't be challenged enough... :-/

Is this grade placement the same in every school?

Thanks in advance for any answers!

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Re: "Skipping" a class at an international school

Postby Barnsley » Tue, 02 Jun 2015 10:11 am

Vyana wrote:Hi there!

My husband will be relocated this summer to Singapore and I'm searching a school for my daughter.
We're a french-japanese family. So our daughter speaks both languages.
2013-2014 we lived in California, where she attended the Kindergarten and learned English. So all her friends in California will go to 2nd Grade from this August. 2014-2015 we lived in Japan.

Now in my search of a school, I found on the site of SAIS (didn't find for other schools!!) the Grade placement from last year. And according to this list, this year 2nd Graders will be born from Sept 2007 - Aug 2008... :shock: my daughter is born Sept 2nd of 2008!!!! :mad: So at this school, she'll be a 1st grader and not a 2nd grader!!!!! Just because of 2 days...

She is not gifted but she is still a good student.
Is it possible to "skip" a year and to ask to place her in 2nd grade? Or at least, to assess her so that she's placed in the right class?? As the oldest kid of her class, I know she won't be challenged enough... :-/

Is this grade placement the same in every school?

Thanks in advance for any answers!


This is the same system as the UK.... Sep 1st - Aug 31st is the academic year....

I am guessing a few schools of the international may follow this system depending upon where the curriculum is from that they base their schooling on
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Re: "Skipping" a class at an international school

Postby Vyana » Tue, 02 Jun 2015 10:33 am

Thanks for your answer.

Well, it's the same in the US. Except until recently it looks like not every states had the same age-eligibility. The age-eligibility moved every year of a month, so that is now the same in every state.

So in 2013-2014, to enter Kindergarten in California, the kids had to be born between October 2nd 2007 and October 1st 2008.
So luckily my daughter could attend Kindergarten... and would we go back right now in her school in CA, they would put her in 2nd Grade...

I'm right now, looking for the curriculum of 1st grader and 2nd grader and although, she didn't attend 1st grader in an english speaking school, she would have no difficulty to catch up 2nd grade...

Are the school a bit flexible? If I try to push to put her in 2nd grade... It's not like she is months too young to enter 2nd grade... Only 1-2 days too young!!
I feel like she'll loose her time in 1st grade... :-/

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Re: "Skipping" a class at an international school

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:35 am

Try to put her in a local school. In Primary One. She'll have a heck of a time just keeping up even though she's already done Primary One.

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Re: "Skipping" a class at an international school

Postby Vyana » Tue, 02 Jun 2015 1:04 pm

Yeah... I thought about that too...
I also thought about Japanese or French schools, since she speaks both...
But I have to think for the "after Singapore" time... We don't know in which country we'll go... back in Japan or somewhere else.
Although I'm French, I don't like French system... There is no much Japanese Schools around the world.
We'll find International Schools everywhere we'll go, so the transition would be easier.
I'd like to give her a little bit stability in her curriculum.

But I think it's my last chance to make her "skip" the class... when she is in higher grades, it won't be that easy for her...

Well I guess, I'd need to try directly at the schools...


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