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I have such marvelous news about grading scales! This is guaranteed to thrill! Or maybe not... Let me know after I explain the good news!

You are in charge of your homeschool policy. As the parent, you can choose any grading scale that you want to use.  If you are homeschooling independently, then you get to decide.

There are a few commonly-used grading scale options I usually suggest you consider.  Which of these will strike your fancy?

Option 1

97-100% = A+, 93-96% = A, 90-92% = A-, 87-89% = B+, 83-86% = B, 80-82% = B-,  77-79% = C+, 73-76% = C, 70-72% = C-, 67-69% = D+, 63-66% = D, 60-62% = D-,  <60% = F

Option 2

A=4.0, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0

Option 3

93-100% = A, 85-92% = B, 75-84% = C, 70-74% = D, Below 70% = F

Option 4

90-100% = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, 60-69% = D, Below 60% = F

There are other options out there, but there is no "right" answer to the best grading scale. You can choose the one that's easiest for you to use, the one that looks the most intimidating, or the one that helps you sleep at night. You could even use the one your friends, neighbors, or public school uses, if you want to - it's totally your choice.

Choose the one you like, either for a good reason or for no reason at all. If you simply can't decide, then print this post, and staple it to the wall. Throw a dart at it (or a limp spaghetti noodle will work equally well.)  The grading scale closest to where you hit the paper? That's the grading scale option that you should use - it's the right one for you!

Guest - Kat on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 20:51

I agree with Elizabeth. Our previous umbrella school uses option 3, which I think is unfair that a 90, 91 or 92 would not count as "A". I praise God for another umbrella school which uses option 4 plus their fees are lower.

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I agree with Elizabeth. Our previous umbrella school uses option 3, which I think is unfair that a 90, 91 or 92 would not count as "A". I praise God for another umbrella school which uses option 4 plus their fees are lower.
Guest - Lee (website) on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 16:26

The private Christian high school I attended used option 3, and I hated it. It always seemed unfair that a 90, 91, & 92 didn't count as an "A" especially when my good friend from public school got option 4.
I will definitely NOT use option 3 with my children!
~Elizabeth

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The private Christian high school I attended used option 3, and I hated it. It always seemed unfair that a 90, 91, & 92 didn't count as an "A" especially when my good friend from public school got option 4. I will definitely NOT use option 3 with my children! :) ~Elizabeth
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