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Old 10-12-2016, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I can't imagine is would be common. My school district's rules were you had to be five years old by the first day of school in order to start kindergarten. If your birthday fell the day after, you had to wait til the next year. But even then, this would make you a five-year-old turning six your second day of kindergarten the next year, so you'd still be 18 when you graduated high school (you'd just be the oldest 18 year old in the class.)
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Old 10-12-2016, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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My son is one of the oldest in his class (birthday is on the cutoff date - he was never held back). He turns 19 the summer after he graduates high school. So in our school, a 19 y.o. senior would be old.
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Old 10-12-2016, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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I mean without having special needs or being held back,like they turn 19 in senior year and graduate at 19
That's pretty uncommon.

I graduated HS at age 17, as did about half my graduating class. The other half was 18. I suppose a few who had been held back had already turned 19. In my day, you started K in the year you turned 5 regardless of when your birthday was. Today you start K if you are 5 before September 1. This is in PA, and I understand certain districts such as NYC use the old-fashioned K starting date.

In today's world most kids have turned 18 by the time they graduate. The rest turn 18 by the end of the summer.

If you are 19 and a HS senior in 2016 and are not special needs and were never held back, then you must have started late.
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Old 10-12-2016, 05:50 PM
 
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Some are late bloomers...

I know one that the teachers suggested holding her back... she had passing grades.

Now she is in college and doing extremely well... and no issues in High School.

My boss had the opposite happen... her parents were in their 40's when she came along... her Mom altered her birth certificate just to get her into school a year ahead of schedule... she had always been an over achiever and had sisters that were in college when she started school.
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Old 10-12-2016, 06:09 PM
 
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I mean without having special needs or being held back,like they turn 19 in senior year and graduate at 19
Not uncommon. Nothing to worry about.
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Old 10-12-2016, 08:09 PM
 
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I am confused, as to why someone would be 19 in HS, if they didn't start school late, fail enough classes to require an additional year or have some type of special needs. I do know a couple of kids with April birthdays who were red shirted and thus will graduate a month or so after they turn 19.
If a child misses the cutoff date and turns 6 when he starts school, he might be 19 when he is a senior depending on when his birthday is. It's not typical, but it can happen.
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Old 10-12-2016, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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If a child misses the cutoff date and turns 6 when he starts school, he might be 19 when he is a senior depending on when his birthday is. It's not typical, but it can happen.
I looked at the list of cutoff dates on the first page and if that is correct, I still don't see how someone who started on time will be 19 at graduation. The earliest date I see is 5 by July 31. So a child with an August 1st birthday will start K at age 6, but should still graduate a couple of months before they turn 19
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Old 10-12-2016, 09:20 PM
 
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Even if its a late birthday situation, it is still "holding back" the kid.


I can't imagine being 19 in high school, because at age 19 I was a sophomore in college. I can imagine it's like being caught in some kind of time warp. I am glad I got out of high school at 17.
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Old 10-12-2016, 10:13 PM
 
Location: LA, CA/ In This Time and Place
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There are birthday cutoffs depending on district. For example I was born Dec 1986, and I was getting rally in class with kids born in 1987. My senior year, 2004-2005, began with me being 17 and turning 18. I graduated in June 2005, age 18.

So even with a late birthday, you still would not be 19. If you did not fail a Rade or have special needs, then I think the only plausible reason is that your parents enrolled you later than your peers.
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Old 10-13-2016, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Liminal Space
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The oldest person I knew personally when I was a senior in high school turned 18 in October of senior year. It's possible there were some 19 year olds in my class but I wasn't aware of them. I knew someone who turned 15 towards the end of 8th grade, because he had been held back. Assuming he stayed on track (of which I'm doubtful), he would've been 19 at graduation. I switched to a different school district for high school and didn't keep track of that guy.

I did know quite a few people who were 17 when they went off to college (because they had birthdays in September, October or November and started kindergarten just before turning 5), which would now be impossible with the rise of the Sept 1 cut-off. Even though I knew people who did this, it does now strike me as odd to send a 17 year old off to live in college dorms, sometimes hundreds of miles away from home.

As for those who keep talking about the cut-off - For the last time, the cut-off, in and of itself, will not result in anyone graduating at 19. The oldest it would make you is approximately 18 and 9 months at graduation. To be 19 at graduation, some other factor must've been in play at some point, such as starting late or being held back.
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