+ 0 Votes I forgot. You people have forms or something or other. stress junkie Updated - 7 years ago Yeah. When I hear about forms in British schools I have no idea what that means. Well here in the USA it's pretty simple. Most children start school at 4 or 5 years of age in kindergarten. The name kindergarten is taken from German and means "children's garden". Each grade is a given year in the sequence K, 1 through 12. Most people graduate high school when they are 17 or 18 years old. That marks the end of state funded education. People can then enter college or trade school if they can pay for it themselves or take their chances as unskilled labor. Many colleges offer reduced tuition or partial funding through scholarschip grants based on financial need, but for many people higher education is as inaccessible as it was in the days of Charles Dickens.