Re: Observations about Odessa Jewish Life 100 Years Ago #general

glenda <glenda.rubin@...>

To the best of my knowledge and based on some online searches, the terms are
related to grades in gymnasia, the rough equivalent of today's middle and
high schools.

When most education ended in the fourth grade, the fifth grade (in gymnasium)
was called the first form (form is the term I've seen used most), and so on,
so that the 12th grade was the 8th form.

The terminology was used in Israel - at least when I first arrived there in
the '60s; a high school senior (12th grade) was said to be in "shminit" (8th

I hope this helps.

Glenda Rubin
SF Bay Area

On Feb 11, 2014, at 12:52 PM, "Campbell, Karen (Perkins Coie)"
<> wrote:
Inna, if the school document said 8th class in a gymnazy, what would that
mean? Also, what if the same document also mentioned a "5th year" and a
"6th year"?

From: Inna Strakovsky []
I would take "first class" or "third class" to mean 1st and 3rd grade, unless
other information points to junior/high school. Generally, grades were just
numbered >from 1 on with no other identifiers (i.e. there would be no
equivalent for "3rd year of middle school", it would just be "8th grade").
On Sunday, February 9, 2014 11:05:49 PM UTC-5, David Goldman wrote

First, could anyone clarify the academic equivalents of classes/grades from
schools in Odessa at that time? He mentions his children in the "third
class" or "first class" which I assume to be either the third or first year
of junior high or high school.

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