Yeah, in America 4 is outstanding, 3 is above average, 2 is average, and anything less than 2 means someone’s not getting to play Nintendo until he brings his grades up.
It’s actually a challenge to get up between 3.5 and 4, because there’s a bit of a curve at that point, where students with higher GPAs are put into more difficult classes (AP and Honors, for example), because they can handle the challenge.
A thing that sucks about the average (or sucked for me, anyway) is that you can work really hard on certain classes and have another class drag your whole average down. When I was in 9th grade, my idiot PE teacher (in tennis) graded us on how well we *played tennis*, instead of how fully we participated. So the rich kids from up on the hill who got private lessons got As (worth 4 points) and the rest of us struggled to even keep up around a 2. It was unfair, and I tried to fight it when I saw that my GPA that should have been 4 was pulled down by my stupid PE grade, but the idiot teacher wouldn’t budge.
That’s why you should always take PE as a pass / fail, kids.