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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    C-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Independence Community School District is an above average, public school district located in Independence, IA. It has 1,506 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 84% of students are at least proficient in math and 75% in reading.
About Independence Community School District...
Address
1207 1st St W
Independence, IA 50644
Telephone
(319) 334-7400
Website

Independence Community School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
75%
Percent Proficient - Math
84%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
Average ACT
24
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Students

Diversity
C-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,506
Free or Reduced Lunch
30.1%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$55,314
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.7%

Finances

Total Expenses
$33,008,000
Expenses Per Student
$15,273/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    67%
  • Support Services
    29%
  • Other
    4%

Independence Community School District Reviews

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The Independence Community School District has a wonderful facility and many excellent programs such as band and wrestling. However, academic success and the well being of all students is something all the staff members at this school district needs to work on. I would suggest staff members actively engage with students in their work and make an effort to connect with all students, not just select students. With all this being said, I have been able to stretch my musical abilities farther than I could have ever imagined.
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I am currently a senior at Independence Community High School and feel fortunate to have spent my high school career there. I have had the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities/sports/clubs and organizations and have always been surrounded by positive teachers and staff. The administration makes all students and their education their first priority, and I have always felt safe at school.
I liked how Independence was a small, tight-knit community and I grew up knowing most everyone in the district. A major downside of Independence was the academic curriculum. Once in high school, I, along with my peers, noted a significant downfall to the science department. Now in college and looking back on my preparatory education, I am strongly dissatisfied with my high school coursework.