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A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  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 a highly rated, public school located in Bakersfield, CA. It has 2,071 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 33 to 1. According to state test scores, 34% of students are at least proficient in math and 68% in reading.
Address
8001 Old River Rd.
Bakersfield, CA 93311
Telephone
(661) 834-8001

Independence High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
68%
Percent Proficient - Math
34%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1090
178 responses
Average ACT
25
18 responses
AP Enrollment
19%
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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$58,669
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,005
National
$949
Median Home Value
$214,600
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
91%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.34 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.34 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 75 responses
Report
  • Participating school activities and events.
    27%
  • Watching the homecoming game.
    23%
  • Plays or drama/music department events
    21%
  • Football games
    11%
  • Senior sunrise
    8%
  • Watching and participating in cross country events
    7%
  • Homecoming
    1%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,071
Free or Reduced Lunch
53%
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.38 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.38 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.38 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
33:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$85,787
Teachers in First/Second Year
14.1%
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.51 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.51 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.51 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
$10,904/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.58 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.58 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.58 responses
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The faculty that I had was very well-read and interesting. The best part of any school is the staff and professors, and I believe IHS was a good match for me. I still keep in touch and am encouraged by my previous teachers. The facilities at the university are brand new (it was opened in 2008) and the events held at IHS are fun. I am very proud to have been a falcon and I hope other future high school students can be lucky enough to go to a school like Independence. I wish our campus had been an open campus and that it wasn't out in the middle of nowhere, but beyond that, I have no other complaints!
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Two of my daughters graduated from IHS... one in 2018 and one in 2014. I’m very pleased with the college prep they received at Indeprndence. One is a senior at Willamette University and one is a Freshman at CSUCI, both majoring in Biology. They were both actively involved in band/drumline, as well as Academy. Many thanks to the faculty for assisting in preparing my girls for their future!
Independence is a great school with great teachers who care about their students. They have a diverse group of students on campus. Academically, Independence offers a lot of programs that help students grow and learn new and exciting things. They offer programs like AVID to help students prepare for college. There are many diverse clubs and activities offered on campus. For those who enjoy playing sports, Independence offers an array of sports such as football, basketball, swimming, tennis, track, cross country, softball, and volleyball.