What grade were you in when you were 13?


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Jul 10, 2013
I was turning 13 in the 7th grade and I was 13 when going into 8th grade...

Other than that, I'm more surprised that I spent two years in pre-school than the [school] year I turned 13 [or 18], to be honest...


Gone Gonzo
Jun 11, 2013
I was in 7th grade when I turned 13.

chadachada123 said:
I'd like to know more specifically, but here in Michigan, to my knowledge, the norm is the same except that middle school is 6th-8th, not 7th-8th. It seems like "Jr High" tends to be the latter, and "middle school" the former, but I may be wrong.
Same here in Pennsylvania (or this part of it, at least). Elementary is K-5, Middle is 6-8, and high is 9-12.

Spaceman Spiff

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Sep 23, 2013
I was 17 when i graduated, so i was in 8th grade if my late night math is correct. I was slightly younger than most of my classmates due to my Summer birthday.


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Oct 1, 2009
I was born right at the end of the year, so I was still 13 when I started year 9. I eventually turned 14 that year, but not until the school year had ended, so I was 13 for the whole of year 9.

Vicarious Reality

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Jul 10, 2011
Grade 6 in sweden... right before i was forced to go to school in another, creepy town and my life turned sour
I was never held back a grade, though for some reason i failed swedish later... probably tests made by nollåttor


don't upset the insane catgirl
Apr 11, 2009
... 13? Hmm... That's... Hmm... Technically I was either meant to be in year 9, or had just started atheneum 3?

Yeah... Different countries have weird logic all of their own. I can't make heads nor tails of the American structure.

when I refer to 'year 9' that's in Australia. I was, technically 6 months ahead of the average, making me one of the youngest in the class, typically.

But you have to understand the Australian school system to make sense of that.
We start school at 5 or 6, depending on the state, then we change 'year' every year from then round about late january, early february, just after the summer holidays (southern hemisphere)
Primary school is years 1-7, High school is year 8-12.

There's no such thing as middle school, though in some states you do get a handful of 'senior colleges' which are years 11 and 12 only.

So year 9 is the second year of high school. Though I guess as far as I have any understanding of the US (I don't) that would be middle school. But... It's all lumped together there. so...

Atheneum 3. That takes a bit more explaining...
That's from the dutch school system (I moved a lot as a child).
School years start around july or august, (Northern hemisphere. - part of what contributed to me being younger than average in Australia by 6 months, rather than a whole year. )

The dutch system also starts around 5 or 6. You then have jaar 1 tot 8 (years 1 through 8), which are primary school.
I don't actually know if that means you're older at the end than you would be in Australia, but either way, the first 8 years are primary school.

After that... It gets complicated. See... The netherlands sorts students leaving primary school into different groups depending on their academic ability, intelligence, and what kind of careers they might be aiming for in the future.
Each of these groups then ends up going to an entirely different school.

These include - Gymnasium - The highest level academically, but dominated by people aiming to be doctors or lawyers. Teaching latin is a standard practice at Gymnasium.

Atheneum - This is where I ended up. This is almost as high up academically as Gymnasium, but tends to be more geared towards highly academic subjects such as science and mathematics, but also languages and such. It is worth noting that it is compulsory at Atheneum to study Dutch, English, French and German. (collectively the local language, and the language of every adjacent country). These aren't options at all, but indeed, compulsory subjects.

Havo, HBS (Hogere Beroeps opleiding). These are a slightly lower level, but not necessarily by much. It's kind of aimed at people who might work in offices, or have highly technical jobs like computer programming and engineering and stuff. (though it's equally probable to find such students in Atheneum instead). The names of these lower level things change a lot, so I'm not really sure about the exact names of them. At this level you only do one foreign language of your choice, unlike the higher level stuff.

Mavo, LTS (Lagere Technische school). These are the places for the people that aren't that academically minded, and tend to focus on more practical skills and trades. Having said that, they still cover a lot of the basic things you'd get at any school. Especially these days. The distinction was far more apparent in the past than it is now...

There may be more, and there may be different names for things, but that shows just how complicated it gets.
The core point is that while all of these qualify as 'high school', they aren't different streams within the same school, but actual, independent schools aimed at different kinds of students...

Honestly, you need a degree just to understand how that school system works... XD

Oh, and as should be fairly obvious, 'atheneum 3' is the third year of high school.

Laughing Man

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Oct 10, 2008
Wasn't in a grade I would have been in 2nd Year of High School

Grade 13, duh.
You started school the moment you were born? Wow you must be like real smart and stuff?

I was in Year 9 when I was 13. This is under UK education structure.
England? I remember Grange Hill referring to them as 'years' but here in Scotland we started in P1, worked up to P7 and then went to 1st Year of High School and left after 6th year.