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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  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 628 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 27% of students are at least proficient in math and 32% in reading.
Address
850 Independence Road
Coal City, WV 25823
Telephone
(304) 683-3228
Website

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
32%
Percent Proficient - Math
27%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1130
15 responses
Average ACT
23
67 responses
AP Enrollment
7%
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Living in the Area
C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    NG
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Cost of Living
    A
  4. Good for Families
    C
Area Feel
Rural
Median Household Income
$42,206
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$623
National
$949
Median Home Value
$85,600
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.
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What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 22 responses
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  • 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
628
Free or Reduced Lunch
56%
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
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$45,433
Teachers in First/Second Year
7%
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
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$11,540/ 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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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.
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Something I loved about Independence was the family-friendly environment. The staff here makes us all feel safe, and helps us in times of trouble. They will do everything possible to help the students be successful, and grow in life. They personally care about our well-being.
I personally feel that we have one of the best schools in Raleigh county. This school has some of the best teachers in the whole state. They offer a safe and friendly environment and see to it that each student receives the help and attention they deserve. Our principal, Mr. John Henry is one of the best. He is always involved in student life and makes sure that we have everything we need when it comes to our academic, arts, music, and sports programs. We have a wonderful school and I am proud to have spent my high school career here at Independence High School.