To Grade or Not to Grade: THAT is the Question

Solicit advice from the homeschooling community about whether to assign your student formal grades, and you will receive a myriad of passionate, diverse opinions.  Learn about traditional grading pros and cons, evaluate seasonal considerations, explore the five functions of grading, and review hybrid examples.

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More about Carol Gary:

Carol Gary

Carol Gary has been married to her husband, Grant Gary, since 1991.  They have ardently homeschooled their sons in Phoenix, Arizona since the fall of 2000; two of whom they continue to homeschool through high school and two of whom have gone home to be with the Lord.  She served in the leadership of a large, local support group for twelve years and has personally mentored over 150 moms since 2010 through her comprehensive program that she developed titled, "The Balanced Homeschooler" as well as her newest work: “The Balanced High Schooler”.  Carol has also served as the AZ State Ambassador for the HSLDA Compassion since 2013, helping over 125 homeschooling families persevere through hard times while earning the their top National Service Award six times.  Graduating with honors, she earned both her B.S. ('90) and M.B.A. ('98) degrees from Grand Canyon University.  As an active alumni, she along with her family devote many additional hours in support of university events as well as fundraisers that benefit the GCU Scholarship Foundation, Children’s Cancer Network, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  She loves photography and travel as well as spending precious time with her family.

To learn more about Carol’s extensive mentoring resources for homeschooling families, contact her at or  For HSLDA Compassion inquiries, contact her at

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