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Old Yesterday, 11:49 PM
Location: TX/ Maryland
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I graduated at 19.
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Old Today, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Abarekiller View Post
I know the general age for seniors is 17-18, but is 19 uncommon?

Yes, it's uncommon for a high school senior to be 19. Most kids these days graduate when they are 18, but a few graduate when they're 17 and then turn 18 later in the summer. So, it's uncommon for a 19 year old to be in high school, but not impossible.

When I graduated in 1978 about half the kids were 17 and half were 18. Kids who had "stayed back" a year might have been 19, but those who started kindergarten on time and never repeated a grade were 17 or 18.

To start kindergarten in most states, a child must turn 5 years old on or about September 1. Some schools start in late August so technically a child can start kindergarten when they are 4, but they'll have to turn 5 by September 1. So the child starts 1st grade at age 6, 2nd at age 7, and so on up until 12th grade when they are 17 to start the school year. (Rule of thumb: Add 5 to the grade number to get the "common" age of a student at the start of the school year)
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