A: This varies student by student. You might have zeroes in the gradebook. Ask your teacher if you can turn in late work past the deadline. Next, you might have a test you did not do so well on. Ask if you are still within the time range of test corrections and re-takes.
Most often, you need to work a bit harder. The responsibility for learning is on your shoulders. Are you coming to math clinic for help? Are you seeing your teacher at break and asking for help? Are you asking questions during class to your teammates and/or your teacher? Are you sending emails to your teacher with specific questions?
Grades are a symptom of learning (if they are accurate grades). If you wish to raise your grade, you should start with your strengthening your skills.
Q: I will be attending a school next year that has a traditional pathway. How can I prepare to articulate to algebra or geometry?
A: If you are currently in Math 8, you will find moving to Algebra 1 is an easy fit. You may want to brush up on Pre-Algebra skills in Khan Academy. If you are in IM1, you are in a class that covers a large part of Algebra 1, a little geometry, statistics, and even a tiny bit of pre-calculus concepts. You will likely find Geometry an easy bridge, and Algebra 2 a bit more challenging. We have created a digital textbook that should serve to bridge to either Geometry or Algebra 2, depending on your ambition level.