Grade Averages

Question: I’m a grade 9 student and I have 90s in all my core subjects as well as my options and second language classes. I have a low grade in phys ed, will that affect anything?

The biggest thing to remember here is that having one low grade – as devastating as that can be – is not the end of the world, and in fact may affect you very little.

If the rest of your marks are high and if you only have one of two classes that you do poorly in, it won’t greatly affect your average because your abundant good marks will keep you flying high. The worst that can happen with having a low grade in Phys Ed (which I relate to!) or any other course for that matter is that your report card average might suffer a couple percents.

But that’s it. There are no scary consequences for having one bad grade. It can be tough when you’re trying to do everything perfectly, but we all have to remember that our little mistakes or shortcomings aren’t going to haunt us for years to come.

When it comes to applying for awards or scholarships, as far as I know, you’re often able to select which courses and which grades you apply with. So if you don’t want this gym mark to be seen, it doesn’t have to be – not to mention that you’ll never have to submit your Grade 9 report card.

It’s really in 10, 11, and 12 where grades begin to matter more – especially in Grade 11 and in the first semester of Grade 12 – because those are the marks you’ll be applying to universities with. Don’t stress too much about this for Grade 9 – though it’s great to cement a solid work ethic

Don’t stress too much about all of this for Grade 9 – though it’s great to cement a solid work ethic now, because it will serve you well in the next few years.

In summary, your one bad grade won’t have any lasting effects on your record. Hope this helped!

Best wishes,

Ziyana K.


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