In which of these examples should the word "grade" be capitalized in?

I'm in grade 3.
I'm in Grade 3.
I'm in the third grade.
I'm in the 3rd grade.
I'm in 3rd grade.

What about these examples?

We invite all grade 3 teachers to the ending of the school year.
We invite all the third grade teachers to the ending of the school year.
We invite all 3rd grade teachers to the ending of the school year.

Which are correct? Why?

  • 1
    Depends on where you are. In the US, we say third grade, in the UK, I believe they tend to say grade three... so, where are you?
    – Catija
    Jul 11, 2016 at 17:10
  • I'd like to use it in translation. I'm a native Polish speaker. Which version is more popular/adequate?
    – masterkomp
    Jul 11, 2016 at 17:18
  • 2
    Well... there are certainly more Americans on the planet than Brits... but that's the issue with translations, you need to gear them towards your market. If this translation will be primarily read within Europe, you'll want to go with the British option... if it will be seen in the US more, then go with the American version.
    – Catija
    Jul 11, 2016 at 17:20
  • Because of the starting age in Poland, the age of a 3rd grader in Poland would be more similar to the US, 8 years old. IMHO, I think the US system is more universally familiar than the British system. By "ending of the school year" do you mean "end of school year ceremony"?
    – Peter
    Jul 11, 2016 at 17:26
  • Yes, is something wrong with "the ending of the school year."?
    – masterkomp
    Jul 11, 2016 at 17:28

2 Answers 2


All of your sentences are correct and would be understood (you have a duplicate in one of your sentences).

"Grade" does not need to be capitalised even though it is the "name" of a particular grade level.

From my experience, a student would usually say

Q: What grade are you in?
A: I'm in third grade. (AmE)

the determinant "the" is not necessary but can be used without loss of understanding.

third grade
3rd grade
children usually advance to third grade after finishing second grade

gets used in the US (AmE).

P3 (most often)
I'm in Mrs Corbett's P3 class.

grade 3 (not as often)
grade 3 and form 4 students will have compulsory math classes

gets used in the UK (BrE).

grade 3

may also be used in other countries.

  • 1
    P3? What is that?
    – Catija
    Jul 11, 2016 at 17:20
  • UK system is: anti-nursery (pre-K), nursery (K), P1 (primary-1), P2 (primary-2), P3 (primary-3), Form 4... "P3" is also mainly the English system designation, the upper grades have different designations in Scotland.
    – Peter
    Jul 11, 2016 at 17:28
  • In this document I noticed that grade and a number is often used: eurydice.org.pl/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/… However, in this one is 3rd grade students pliki.echodnia.eu/pdf/gtranskrypcja_PP.pdf
    – masterkomp
    Jul 11, 2016 at 17:35
  • To add to what @Peter has said, Scotland has seven primary years (P1 through P7), four compulsory secondary years (S1 through S4), and two optional secondary years (S5 and S6). I believe England has six primary and seven secondary, but I don't know the designations.
    – LMS
    Jul 11, 2016 at 19:38

You usually say "in (the) third grade in AE, whereas you say in the third year in BE. You can use 3rd before grade/year, but it's not common. The same is with grade three/3; it's not common.

As for the second question, you usually say 'all the third-grade teachers. Again, the use of 3rd isn't common here.

  • "all third-grade teachers" without "the" would also be correct? What if I want to sign a notebook? Should I write: 3rd grade, the third grade, third grade, Grade 3 ?
    – masterkomp
    Jul 11, 2016 at 18:43
  • I'll prefer third grade to 3rd grade.
    – Khan
    Jul 11, 2016 at 18:50

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