When to Worry about Grades

books with graduation cap and diploma on topSo, you’ve had a bad semester and you got bad grades.  Maybe grades-wise you’ve had a bad school year in general.  When do you need to start worrying if your report card doesn’t show stellar grades?  First of all, you should begin to be concerned about your grades if your GPA isn’t high enough for you to meet the graduation requirements for your high school!  Check with your school counselor to find out what the graduation requirements are for your school.  For many high schools, the GPA requirement for graduation is 2.0.  If your grades are starting to drop down into that range, you might need to start worrying!  Talk to your school counselor to see what you need to do to make sure that you graduate!
In addition to meeting graduation requirements, you should look and see what the average GPA requirements are for the colleges that you are interested in going to.  GPA requirements are different for every college, so you’ll need to check with each school to see what they are.  If you really want to go to a specific college and your grades aren’t quite what they are looking for – then it’s time to start worrying!
Another thing which you should also keep in mind is that you need to maintain passing grades for all of your college required classes.  For example, some colleges will not accept “D” grades for important courses such as English and Math.  Make sure that you are always maintaining high grades in the core classes that are required for college, starting as early as your freshman year.  You wouldn’t want to be held back from going to college because of one “D” grade that you got as a freshman.
As harsh as this sounds, if you are a college-bound student that’s in high school, you should always be concerned with your grades and how well that you are doing in school.  Colleges are really interested to see how well that their applicants did during their high school years.  Most colleges begin to look at your transcript as early as your freshman year in high school, but some can look as early as eighth grade (especially if you took honors or high school courses early)!  So really, you want to be concerned about grades as early as possible.  Remember, your cumulative GPA scores also usually begin during your freshman year, so you want to make sure that you can get the best grades as possible right-off-the-bat when you start high school.
Even if you aren’t sure if you want to go to college, you should still worry about your grades.  Many employers like to see a record of the GPA which you maintained in high school, especially if you don’t go on to get a college degree.  Sometimes you will be asked to even include specific grades on your resume, particularly if you work in a specific field which requires a certain amount of education or previous knowledge.  Hiring employers also look at GPAs to try and get an idea of the work ethic and personality of their future employees.
So, basically, worrying about your grades is always an important thing to do.  With that said though, remember that grades aren’t everything.  They are not a reflection of the success that you’ve had as a person, and sometimes don’t even reflect what you have learned in your classes.  Don’t let grades get you down, but remember that they also are important to help you in your future.  They can always change and be improved!  So don’t spend all of your time worrying about grades – instead get out there and start working to get them better!