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Here's just a little more background, rainbow.|
In the US and Canada, educational levels below (or before) college or university are known as grades and usually run 1 through 12. In the US they are referred to as first grade, second grade, and so on; in Canada, they are called grade one, grade two, etc. So, as you found out, a fourth grader is a student in the fourth grade. Probably it is more typical just to say someone is in [the] fourth grade.
In grades nine through twelve, in the US, the terms freshman, sophomore, junior and senior are used, although, on occasion, one might say ninth grader or tenth grader. (It's rarer to hear eleventh grader or twelfth grader.)
The terms freshman, sophomore, junior and senior are used for the first through fourth (and last) year of college. One might also say he or she is in his or her first, second, etc. year of college.
The term "grade" is not used in other English-speaking countries such as the UK or Australia. Educational levels is one of those areas that are not commonly understood between speakers from different English-speaking countries, in my opinion.
[ Last edited by jeff_in_sf at 2008-2-18 01:14 AM ]