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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Independence High School is an above average, public school located in Bakersfield, CA. It has 2,134 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. According to state test scores, 20% of students are at least proficient in math and 55% in reading.

Independence High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
55%
Percent Proficient - Math
20%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1100
246 responses
Average ACT
25
26 responses
AP Enrollment
19%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$62,340
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,078
National
$949
Median Home Value
$240,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.37 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.37 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 88 responses
Report
  • Participating school activities and events.
    25%
  • Watching the homecoming game.
    20%
  • Plays or drama/music department events
    19%
  • Football games
    10%
  • Senior sunrise
    8%
  • Watching and participating in cross country events
    6%
  • Spirit Week
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,134
Free or Reduced Lunch
58%
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.41 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.41 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.41 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
26:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$88,303
Teachers in First/Second Year
14.1%
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.54 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.54 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.54 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$14,163/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.61 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.61 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.61 responses
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My high school experience was absolutely wonderful! As a freshman, I feel to welcomed and was interested in all the opportunities I had. I was involved in key club, Christian club, and coding club. They have enlightened me about other cultures and taught me the importance of helping others. I will cherish the memories I made with my friends over the course of these four years, for a lifetime! I am thankful to all my teachers who have made me who I am today. I am a CSF lifetime member, have perfect attendance, and I have maintained a 4.19 GPA. I loved every bit of high school whether it was the chemistry labs, field trips, or rallies!
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My time and experience at Independence High School has been a great one. I believe I've changed tremendously as a person over the past few years. I've discovered many hobbies, friends, and teachers. Meeting teachers who actually looked and cared for me and my future plans was a tremendous experience, as I now have adults who can guide me through the near future. If I did have to change anything, I'd make a bigger effort to let students know of what opportunities and educational activities the school offers. When I came into freshmen year, I wasn't aware of summer classes, specific clubs, and how all of this would affect my future. However, my high school experience was a great one and I enjoyed every minute of it.
I liked most of the teachers and their teaching methods. They're are many friendly and understanding teachers as well as students. I enjoyed the club events I participated in and the rallies which are really fun. One of my favorite club events was a cultural event where different ethnic clubs shared their culture such as their food, language, and games. There's been a lot of clubs that haven't lasted though. I think clubs at my school need to work on creating a strong, new board towards the end of the year. I like the social atmosphere of the school but I also like the academics because it offers a lot of advanced course which include some interesting ones that match appeal to interests such as the environment, electronics, computer science, etc. Independence high is all around a very good school.