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Canadian education: grade levels

A comparison of the Canadian, American, British, German, and Polish grade level systems

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The education system in Canada is an interesting one. And it continues to evolve.


Below, we outline the different grade levels, and years of compulsory education, in Canada. We also compare the Canadian grade level system to that of five other countries—Poland, the United States, Britain, France, and Germany. 

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For each country, we highlight the years of compulsory education in blue.

Canada’s grade levels compared to other countries

Starting age

Canada

United States

Britain

France

Germany

Poland

0+

Nursery

Nursery

Nursery

 

Kinderkrippe

Żłobek

3-4

Preschool

Preschool

Nursery

Petite section

Kindergarten

Przedszkole

4-5

Junior kindergarten

Preschool

Reception

Moyenne section

Kindergarten

Przedszkole

5-6

Senior kindergarten

Kindergarten

Year 1

Grande section

Kindergarten

Zerówka

6-7

Grade 1

Grade 1

Year 2

Cours préparatoire

Grundschule

Klasa 1

7-8

Grade 2

Grade 2

Year 3

Cours élémentaire première année

Grundschule

Klasa 2

8-9

Grade 3

Grade 3

Year 4

Cours élémentaire deuxième année

Grundschule

Klasa 3

9-10

Grade 4

Grade 4

Year 5

Cours moyen première année

Grundschule

Klasa 4

10-11

Grade 5

Grade 5

Year 6

Course moyen deuxième année

Hauptschule

Klasa 5

11-12

Grade 6

Grade 6

Year 7

Sixième

Hauptschule

Klasa 6 

12-13

Grade 7

Grade 7

Year 8

Cinquième

Hauptschule

Klasa 7 

13-14

Grade 8

Grade 8

Year 9

Quatrième

Hauptschule

Klasa 8 

14-15

Grade 9

Grade 9

Year 10

Troisième

Hauptschule

Liceum 1

15-16

Grade 10

Grade 10

Year 11

Seconde

Hauptschule

Liceum 2

16-17

Grade 11

Grade 11

Year 12

Première

Höhere Handelsschule

Liceum 3

17-18

Grade 12

Grade 12

Year 13

Terminale

 

Liceum 4

More on Canadian grade levels versus other countries

In Canada, students are required to go to school for at least 10 years. Like the US, school attendance in Canada is compulsory from Grade 1 until at least Grade 10. In some Canadian provinces and US states, though, students are required to complete high school, right through to the end of Grade 12. If you're interested in the grade structures of Canada's 12 provinces, read our guide. You can also learn how the Canadian education system compares with that of the US and Britain.

Poland

In Poland, compulsory education usually starts when children are 6 years old (zerówka or the so-called zero year), and ends after 12 years of learning. 

Britain

In Britain (and all of the UK), compulsory education is 12 years. Children must attend school from the reception year (right before Year 1) until Year 11. In France and Germany, meanwhile, compulsory education runs 9 years, the North American equivalent of Grade 1 to 9.

Germany

Also, in Germany, students, at age 12, can attend Realschule, Mittelschule, Gymnasium, or Gesamtschule, instead of Hauptschule. Each of these types of secondary school has a different focus and grade range.

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