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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Independence High School is an above average, public school located in Charlotte, NC. It has 2,486 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 55% of students are at least proficient in math and 55% in reading.
Address
1967 Patriot Dr
Charlotte, NC 28227
Telephone
(980) 343-6900

Independence High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
55%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1150
146 responses
Average ACT
23
82 responses
AP Enrollment
18%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    NG
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    B
  4. Good for Families
    A-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$62,208
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,081
National
$949
Median Home Value
$174,500
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
74%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.23 responses
Poll
61%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.23 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 44 responses
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  • Football games
    25%
  • Patriots on Parade
    18%
  • Theatre performances
    16%
  • Singing in front of judges
    11%
  • Spirit Week
    7%
  • Prom promise
    5%
  • Playing Auld Lang Syne at the last band concert
    5%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,486
Free or Reduced Lunch
55%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.29 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.29 responses
97%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.29 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$39,296
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.4%
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.34 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.34 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.34 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$10,023/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.38 responses
32%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.38 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.38 responses
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Independence High school can be a really great depending on you and how much you participate. If you get involved you'll enjoy your time there because Independence has a lot of fun activities and events. There are many clubs to join, and you can even create your own club. Some teachers and staff were very helpful with helping students find the right college for them and setting up college tours. Football and basketball seasons were the best! There was so much school spirit for our football and basketball team! Some pep rallys were really fun and it always got the students excited for the game. Other pep rallys were honestly boring, I think the school can improve on that by just thinking about what the students would enjoy and what would get them excited.
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Independence also known as “Indy” is a school with good academics as it’s a school that has been awarded with the most improved district growth in Charlotte- Mecklenburg schools (CMS). A school with good athletics that will be worth coming to attend as we have multiple teams who won conference championships and just this pass year , 2018 , the schools variety basketball teams won the NCHSAA 4A state championship in addition to being outright conference champs and conference tournament champs. Indy is one the most diverse schools if not the most diverse school in CMS. So, there’s definitely someone for everyone. Even students who consider themselves OutKasts. Indy has multiple clubs and organizations to join that will prepare you and help you grow even after your time as a patriot is done. Like any school Indy does come with flaws but it’s not a school you’ll be absolutely miserable at.
I loved attending Independence, I felt as though my teachers really took an interest in me and wanted me to reach my fullest potential. I believe the school gets an unnecessarily bad rap due to the socio-economic status of the students that go there, which is not the fault of the school itself, but the state's. There are things it could improve upon, such as food and cleanliness and general safety, but I never felt unsafe there health wise or physically. I graduated in 2014, and from what I've heard, it is definitely getting better.