Grade level math at HRMS follows the National Common Core Standards for grade 8. These standards are basically what used to be considered grade 9 Algebra, pre-Common Core. As such, grade 8 math is a challenging course that depends a great deal on students spending significant amounts of time practicing at home.The curriculum is given to the students in the form of packets. These packets are our "textbooks." The packets have problems, and answers to all problems. It is critical that students check all of their answers to be sure they are doing the problems correctly. If a student cannot come up with the correct solution, make note of those problems, and ask the teacher for help the very next day.Note taking is very important. Each day your child's instructor will expect students to take notes, with example problems that are related to the day's assignment. Most students will not complete all of the practice in class, and will be expected to finish up at home.Grades are 100% performance based. This means that 100% of the course grade comes from test scores. Tests are based solely upon the assigned classwork and homework. Moreover, most tests are open notes, worksheets, and homework problems. After each tests, kids are moved into Break-Out groups. There are usually three levels of break-out:1. Mastery: In this group the kids work on topics that go beyond the usual course. The test for this group is extra-credit.2. Mostly Get It: This group get's retaught, and supplied with addition practice. The test for this group will improve the student's class grade if they do better the second time around.3. Re-Teach: This group needs to really start over, and be taught the materail again, perhaps in a different way. The test for this group will improve the student's class grade if they do better the second time around.