Character Birthdays, Ages, & Early Schooling








People have been asking about character ages and why they seem to be all over the place in school
together, so I thought I set up this quick reference. I know it nearly drove me crazy trying to get
all the dates to match up - lol - but I think I've finally gotten it all worked out - whew.

This sections gives the info we know about the birthdays, ages, and schooling of the main characters -
Max, Michael, Isabel, Alex, Maria, Kyle and Tess before we see them in the show.

In the Pilot, it is Sept of 1999, and Max, Michael, Isabel, Alex, Maria and Kyle in the
Sophmore class at West Roswell High School. But what about before then?

Below, I am listing what we know for sure, and some specualtion based on info from the show








Ages

Here are the known birthdays for the characters

Max March 15, 1983
Isabel October 25, 1982
Alex June 21, 1984
Kyle April 30, 1984
Tess May 7, 1983


We are never given birthdays for Liz, Michael & Maria, but from researching the episodes, I've come up with some dates, and the reasons are explained below.

According to the New Mexico Public School website, a child must turn 5 by midnight of August 31st to enroll in kindergarten. If they turn 5 after that date, they must wait to start school until the next year.

Michael
Michael is still a minor in Jan or early Feb of 2002 (IMAA), meaning he will turn 18 in 2002, so his assigned birthdate must be in 1984 before the end of August.

You can barely see Michael's driver's licence in the episode '285S', and it seems to list his birthday as June 11, 1984. Whoo Hoo! That fits with what I figured out!



Maria
Maria's exact birthdate is not given, but in the epi 'Disturbing Behavior', which takes place in the first part of Feb 2001, she is 17. In the epi 'I Married an Alien', which is in Jan or early Feb of 2002, she is turning 18 'next week'.

So her birthday must be Jan or early Feb of 1984.



Liz's birthdate is a bit more complicated -
Her birthdate is never mentioned, but through a series of deductions made while I was researching dates, I think this is probably correct. Take a deep breath, it is bumpy ride!

Future Max mentions that Liz is seventeen in EOTW, which is set in late November of 2000. From that we can figure that she was born in 1983.

So she turned 17 before the end of Nov 2000, and Liz is still seventeen in season 3 'Busted' when she is on trial. No exact date is given for the episode, but it takes place sometime after school started in Aug of 2001.

In New Mexico, anyone who is 5 years old after Aug 31st must wait an extra year to start school, and that seems to be what Liz had to do. She was born in 1983, and Alex, Maria and Kyle were all born in 1984 but they are in the same grade. This makes me think that Liz must have been born in Sept or later and waited a year to go to school.

So her birthday has to be between Sept and Nov of 1983.









Schools

We never find out the names of any of the other schools the kids attended, and we
aren't sure they all went to school together in the same schools for all those early years.
It is probable there are several elementary and junior high schools in the area, so they could have gone to completely different schools.

We know Max, Isabel, Liz, Michael, Kyle, Alex and Maria are in the same grade. So the birthdates seem to be correct for Michael and the humans.

Liz started school a year late, as she should for her birthdate.

Max is a year behind, and Isabel is also a year behind (her birthday is after Aug 31st or she would be two years behind), but that is understandable for how they were found.

According to Tess' birthdate, she should either be a grade ahead of the others, or else she was held back too. As far as I know, it is never mentioned what grade she is in. Before she came to Roswell, Tess previous school was in her transcripts as being in Chicago, IL.


Elementary School
1989 - Max, Michael & Isabel come out of their incubation pods looking like 6 year olds at unknown time of year. They were all put in an orphanage and were probably schooled there.
- Max and Isabel were adopted by the Evans, and their schooling is unknown. Perhaps they were home schooled or possibly they went to a public school.
- Michael was placed with Hank Whitmore, probably he was sent to a public school. Hard to imagine Hank spending money or time for home schooling.
- Liz, Maria, Alex, Kyle start Kindergarten, unknown if they were all in the same school
1990 - Liz, Maria, Alex, Kyle start 1st grade, unknown if they were all in the same school
- Max and Isabel were perhaps home schooled or possibly they went to a public school.
- Michael was probably sent to a public school. Hard to imagine Hank spending money or time for home schooling. It is possible Michael was in the same school as Liz.
1991 - Liz, Maria, Alex, Kyle start 2nd grade, unknown if they were all in the same school
- Max and Isabel were perhaps home schooled or possibly they went to a public school.
- Michael was probably sent to a public school. Hard to imagine Hank spending money or time for home schooling. It is possible Michael was in the same school as Liz.
1992 - Liz, Maria, Alex, Kyle start 3rd grade, unknown if they were all in the same school
- Max and Isabel were enrolled in school with Liz.
- Max and Isabel see Michael again for the first time in three years, probably in school. It is possible Michael was already in school with Liz.
1993 - Liz, Maria, Alex, Kyle, Isabel, Michael and Max start 4th grade, unknown if they were all in the same school
- Alex is in a class with Liz - he might have been in the same school before that, but they weren't in the same class until 4th grade
- Liz, Max, Isabel, Alex and probably Michael were in the same school
1994 - Liz, Maria, Alex, Kyle, Isabel, Michael and Max start 5th grade, unknown if they were all in the same school
- Liz and Alex become friends
- Liz, Max, Isabel, Alex, and probably Michael were in the same school
1995 - Liz, Maria, Alex, Kyle, Isabel, Michael and Max start 6th grade, unknown if they were all in the same school
- Liz, Max, Isabel, Alex, and probably Michael were in the same school


Junior High School
1996 - Liz, Maria, Alex, Kyle, Isabel, Michael and Max start 7th grade, unknown if they were all in the same school
- Liz, Max, Isabel, Alex, and probably Michael were in the same school
1997 - Liz, Maria, Alex, Kyle, Isabel, Michael and Max start 8th grade, unknown if they were all in the same school
- Liz and Maria were friends in 8th grade
- Liz, Max, Isabel, Alex, Maria and probably Michael were in the same school


High School
1998 - Liz, Maria, Alex, Kyle, Isabel, Michael and Max start 9th grade, all in the same school








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