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June 13, 2006



Obviously you are not a female. You have no idea how mean girls are to each other, and a big age difference certainly isn't going to help you get the friends that you need so much during high school. Besides, like boys, not all girls mature early. I don't think it would be easy socially for either sex to skip a grade.


I was in first grade when I was placed in a combo 1st/2nd grade class. Soon I was put in the 2nd grade reading group and doing 2nd grade work. I later found out that my school wanted me to skip 2nd and my mom also balked at the idea because it would harm my "social development." So, I spent the next year in 2nd grade writing out numbers by ones to 100, by twos to 200, by threes to 300...because my teacher didn't know what to do with me.

That wasted year was not worth any social benefit to me - I was still a semi-outsider on the fringes in my own age group AND I stagnated for a year.


I have a friend who skipped two grades. She's smart, really smart, but she didn't have the emotional maturity to handle the independent workload in college. It's not that there's too much work, she just didn't have the discipline to get it done without prodding.

She burned out and dropped out after never turning in some final essays.

Later on, she reenrolled at another school and graduated with honors. She ended up graduating with people who are roughly the same age, ironically, since she skipped two years and took two off.

anonymous reader

When I started college at 18, I too was 5'10" and 120 pounds. So I don't think anyone would have noticed that you were only 16 if you hadn't made it a point to tell people about it.

While I think skipping a grade may have made a difference socially at the time you skipped it, I doubt it made much of a difference by the time you got to college.


I'm female and got skipped from grade 3 to 5. It sucked ass. I guess the other kids in my new grade were jealous or something because they made my time hell while I was with them - in senior high school they were still giving me shit for it. So no, I don't think the social problems are worse either way, but I do think there's a difference in the way females and males would be targeted for it. For me it was less about physical appearance and more about being belittled on an overall basis - you know, subtle jabs, hurtful names, generally being excluded. Like they couldn't compete with me intellectually so made my life a living nightmare instead. Ah, kids, they can be so cruel.


I got skipped from 1st to 4th grade and I agree with the "Person" post: it sucked ass. Big-time. I was skinny and short and moving up with bigger kids who resented me wasn't fun. By the time I got to 8th grade, I was a 4'11" 12-year-old still playing Little League baseball while my classmates were undergoing/had gone through puberty and were girl-crazy. We had nothing in common and I got picked on a lot.

In elementary school, a year age difference isn't that big deal. In middle school, it's a little bigger. By high school, it's huge. I was the last in my class to drive, I was the last in college to be able to drink (legally), and ask any high school boy who he hates and it's probably the older boys in his school (they get the girls, they have the cars, they're bigger, they shave, etc...).

Just my two cents, but I know I won't let my kids skip grades. It's a moderate advantage academically with a huge price socially and emotionally.


There are serveral postings here complaining other older kids being mean to you as you were the younger one in the class. We know immature kids can treat others badly. But isn't it better if you can skip more grades and enter college a lot early? This way you can avoid dealing with kids at high school. And college students are way more mature and easy to deal with than elementary/high school students.

brittany thomas

Hi i'm new to this place i have a research paper that i have to do for my english class and its about skipping grades and it is basically persuaive and i believe that students should not skip a grade regaurdless of how smart they are not only because of a social status but also you may never know what u may need if you skip that grade cause you could always be learning something new that you may never get tought and just might need but i was hoping someone could give me some feed back on what they think

thank you Brittany


I am also a college student doing a research paper on skipping grades. Mine is focused on the social and emotional consequences involved when a child skips. I am personally interested in this subject as my son skipped kindergarten. He is currently in 2nd grade and 6yrs old. He is tall for his age, so he doesnt stand out in his class. He reads at a 4th grade level and math is very easy for him. I do not think I would want him to skip again, is there any other way? How do these exceptionally smart children get through school without getting bored if they are not challenged?


Dont be too quick to jump to conclusions. I skipped first and fourth grade, entered high school at age 12, and I haven't really had a problem. I am fortunate to be big for my age - 5'10" 155 - but even if I was smaller, I do not think it would make a big difference. Maybe I have just gotten lucky, but I am on the varsity cross country and soccer team, am in all honors classes, have plenty of friends, and am equal to most kids in my grade in everything except age. If your child is smart enough and mature enough, I say let them skip.

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