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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Independence Junior/Senior High School is an above average, public school located in Independence, IA. It has 699 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 85% of students are at least proficient in math and 75% in reading.
700 20th Ave SW
Independence, IA 50644
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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
75%
Percent Proficient - Math
85%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
Average ACT
24
76 responses
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$52,800
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$738
National
$949
Median Home Value
$130,300
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
60%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.10 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 13 responses
  • Homecoming powderpuff and rough n tough
    31%
  • Homecoming
    15%
  • Homecoming
    15%
  • Spirit Week
    15%
  • Winter Formal
    15%
  • Pep rallies
    8%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
699
Free or Reduced Lunch
31%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.10 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.10 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.10 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$61,012
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
55%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.11 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.11 responses
45%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.11 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$12,786/ year
National
$12,239
55%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.11 responses
18%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.11 responses
45%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.11 responses
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Independence Junior/Senior High School Reviews

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Independence provides a wide variety of opportunities for students. The class selection is decent for a school of their size. They don’t offer many advanced courses but they offer plenty of courses - especially in math - for those who may struggle in school more. The music programs at Independence ware some of the best in the state. They compete nationally. The athletics are decent year to year, with some years being more successful than others. Overall, the school meets the necessary needs of their students.
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My high school experience at Independence Jr/Sr High School was mediocre at best. The actual school building is very nice, as it was only built about 6 years ago. It has great sports facilities, a big gym, and a nice weight and wrestling room. Independence has one of the best music programs out of the state of Iowa. Education-wise, I would say Independence is average if not lacking a little. The school's English program is great due to the teachers, who have been teaching at Independence for years. The history and math programs are fairly good, but what determines it is who you have as a teacher. Independence's science program is extremely poor. So overall, Independence is an okay school but it is definitely overdue for some improvement. If I could change one thing about Independence Jr/Sr High School, it would be how teachers are hired. Independence tends to higher people straight out of college or people who are friends with a member of the school board.
I loved my high school! I would not change my high school experience there for anything in the world. The staff are all very supportive and make an effort to get to know the students and by the end of my senior, I thought of many of them as not just my teachers but also my friends.