Who, I wanted to mention to you something about our system, and I started a new thread because there has been some confusion. All kids who turn 7 years old either DURING the school year or during the SUMMER after the school year but before the next school year MAY start 1st grade. But since some kids who are born in June, July or August are small or are not ready for 1st grade, they are not forced to start and may wait an extra year to begin 1st grade. Therefore, by knowing the age and the birthday of a student, I know that adding 6 to the age that someone will turn BEFORE September first will usually give me the correct grade. I also know that sometimes I have to add 7 for those born in the summer, because often they start a year late. We have kindergarten and preschool in the US, but those years of school do not have numbers. Regardless of where you go to school in the US, there are 12 years of primary and secondary school. I know this sounds confusing. But to apply it to you, because your birthday is in the summer, you would probably be in the 10th grade here (6+10=16), the age you will be before the next school year begins. If you were small when you were ready to start school, your parents might have delayed your start a year, to give you a better chance of fitting in socially. If you did not start school late, I would guess you to be in 10th grade, but that is using our system. To this moment, I don't know what "year" you are in, according to the German system. In addition, based on your level of accomplishment in language, I kept thinking you were a year ahead. I don't know why I said that you would be in 11th grade here. That was stupid. If you can tell me how old you were when you started your first year in primary school, I can tell you what grade you would now be in here, in the US.