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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Independence High School is a public school located in Coal City, WV. It has 583 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 22% of students are at least proficient in math and 37% in reading.
850 Independence Road
Coal City, WV 25823
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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
37%
Percent Proficient - Math
22%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1090
38 responses
Average ACT
23
82 responses
AP Enrollment
5%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$42,296
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$687
National
$949
Median Home Value
$105,700
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
75%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.4 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.4 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • Homecoming/spirit week
    45%
  • Football Games
    23%
  • Sports
    23%
  • Pep rally
    9%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
583
Free or Reduced Lunch
51%
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$49,145
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.4%
38%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.8 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.8 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.8 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$12,401/ year
National
$12,239
75%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.12 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.12 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.12 responses
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Independence High School Reviews

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It has been a rough roller coaster through IHS but there’s not much I would change! The teachers (most of them) are like family by the time you leave their classrooms and you feel so welcomed and at home. The schools are pretty steady and the administration is outstanding and very responsive to everyone issues, big or small.
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The majority of teaching staff at my high school truly strive to individualize their teaching plans to benefit each of their students, as well as enforce their role as an educator to ensure that no student is ever left behind.

However, the teachers at Independence are given a minimum budget of $200.00 for supplies. This is especially negative for science and arts teachers, because lab and art supplies are often expensive, not reusable, and quickly depleted. Our teachers are severely underpaid and underappreciated.

Rarely is it taken into account the perishable items used in science labs, or the quickly depleted tubs of glue in art classes. Because of this, the measly budget granted to our teachers is fleeting, leaving teachers to resort to spending their personal funds to replace supplies. It has also come to my attention that our school in its entirety is devastatingly underfunded. This is evident in the unbalanced, cheap meals we are given.
While I have met many great teachers here, they could definitely improve their staff. This is a fault of the Raleigh County Board of Education. Myself, as well as others, graduated feeling unprepared for life after high school. Many teachers don't put in the effort into their work. I see they have been making staff changes and this makes me happy. I hope they are improving.