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
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.
SF Bay Area
On Feb 11, 2014, at 12:52 PM, "Campbell, Karen (Perkins Coie)"
Inna, if the school document said 8th class in a gymnazy, what would that