School system equivalency

Comparison of the French, Swiss and American systems

Education in Switzerland is the responsibility of the cantons, which results in great diversity.
However, some harmonization has been achieved in several areas.

Age

France

Switzerland

USA

3/4

Kindergarten

PS (little section)

Day Care / Pre-school

Preschool

4/5

MS (middle section)

École enfantine

H1

Pre-Kindergarten

5/6

GS (big section)

H2

Kindergarten

6/7

Elementary school

CP

Elementary  school

H3

Elementary School

1st Grade

7/8

CE1

H4

2nd Grade

8/9

CE2

H5

3rd Grade

9/10

CM1

H6

4th Grade

10/11

CM2

H7

5th Grade

11/12

College

6e

H8

Junior High School/ Middle School

6th grade

12/13

5e

Secondary I

H9

7the Grade

13/14

4e

H10

8th Grade

14/15

3e

H11

9th Grade

15/16

High School

2nd

Secondary II

H12

Senior High School

10th Grade

16/17

1ere

H13

11th Grade

17/18

Terminale

H14

12th Grade

18/19

H15