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Old 10-13-2016, 12:46 AM
 
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I graduated at 17 (started kindergarten at age 4 because my birthday was in December .. cutoff for us then was Dec. 31st) but in Canada there are still provinces that go to Grade 13 so there are still quite a few kids up there I imagine who are 19 when they graduate. In Quebec kids graduate at 17 or perhaps even younger because they only go to Grade 11 (and then on to CEGEP - like a community/junior college but free/provincially funded). That is probably not relevant in the US but if one doesn't graduate till 19 it is not an anomaly at all I am sure. And at any rate, it won't make much difference a few years down the line anyway.
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Old 10-13-2016, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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I started 1st grade when I was five, there was no 'Kindergarten'. I had enough credits to graduate HS when I was 16, but I still needed one English class so I was 17 when I officially graduated. I turned 18 in the Army, with Basic Training already behind me. At 20, I had completed a 3 year active duty enlistment.
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Old 10-13-2016, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Default Is it uncommon to be a 19 year old Hs senior?

Yes
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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Well, on the other end of things I was nearly the youngest in my kindergarten class, graduated from H.S. when I was 17 and had my B.S. when I was 19 (just a week shy of 20).
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Old 10-13-2016, 11:04 AM
 
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Okay, but the OP specially says not held back.
I believe they mean hold back as in not started school too young.

I was going to do the same thing because my kid had a late birthday.
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Old 10-13-2016, 11:39 AM
 
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I remember we had a couple of 18 year olds... it was odd because they could sign their own permission slips!

I had kids in High School a full year or more older and one had the same birthday only a year older... we still keep in touch as I do with two in college and one neighbor that share my birthday.
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Old 10-15-2016, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Florida
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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.
? That can't happen. If a child starts school and turns six the next day because that's how it worked for the cutoff, then during his senior year, he'll turn 18 right at the beginning of the school year. He will still be 18 when he graduates. Where are you getting the extra year from?
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Old 10-15-2016, 05:40 PM
 
Location: California
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I've known a few. It's uncommon statistically but not so weird that it matters. People move around, kids change districts and get lost on the new track or have to start over somewhere along the line. Some are started late on purpose (I did this with my son) and some are held back so I'm guessing there will always be some 19 year olds in a standard sized graduating class, just not as many as their are 17 & 18 year old. Maybe even a 16 year old or two!
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Old 10-17-2016, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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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.
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? That can't happen. If a child starts school and turns six the next day because that's how it worked for the cutoff, then during his senior year, he'll turn 18 right at the beginning of the school year. He will still be 18 when he graduates. Where are you getting the extra year from?
A few states have fall cutoffs, some even Dec. 1, so if you turn six after those fall cutoffs, you would start first grade at 6 1/4 or 6 1/2 so you would start your senior year at age 18 1/4 or 18 1/2 and turn 19 later that fall or on December 2. So you would be 19 when you graduated in June.

(unless I'm all goofed up).
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Old 10-18-2016, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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A few states have fall cutoffs, some even Dec. 1, so if you turn six after those fall cutoffs, you would start first grade at 6 1/4 or 6 1/2 so you would start your senior year at age 18 1/4 or 18 1/2 and turn 19 later that fall or on December 2. So you would be 19 when you graduated in June.

(unless I'm all goofed up).
If you start first grade at 6 1/2, you will start 12th grade at 17 1/2, not 18 1/2. Thus you will turn 18 during your senior year.
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