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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Independence Junior Senior High School is a public school located in Independence, IA. It has 676 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 81% of students are at least proficient in math and 67% in reading.
About Independence Junior Senior High School...
Address
700 20th Ave SW
Independence, IA 50644
Telephone
(319) 334-7405
Website

Independence Junior Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
67%
Percent Proficient - Math
81%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
Average ACT
24
51 responses
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$45,313
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$662
National
$949
Median Home Value
$118,900
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
63%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
63%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
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Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
676
Free or Reduced Lunch
28%
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$55,314
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
44%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.9 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.9 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.9 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
$15,273/ year
National
$12,239
56%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.9 responses
22%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.9 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.9 responses
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Independence Junior Senior High School Reviews

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Independence Junior/Senior High School resides in a small community, therefore everyone can get to know each other well. Teachers know their students, and students all know each other which keeps the community fairly tight-knit. The school spirit at Independence is impressive with big turnouts at each sporting event and other extracurricular activities. Because of the small size of classes, teachers are more readily able to help students when they have a question or are struggling. Classes are ninety minutes long in high school, which allows for teaching time and also study time for students to hopefully not have any homework. This school district is nice to be apart of if one is searching for a smaller community size.
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Great performance arts program. Disorganized and foolish leadership. Poor teachers, bad science department, little to no student representation.
I've lived in Independence all my life, so all I've known is the mustang community. When I first started junior high we were in a building that was 63 years old, and it definitely showed its age. After a heavy rain the back field would flood, because we were so close to the river. During that heavy rain the ceiling would leak to the point we would need buckets to catch the rain. The town passed a new Jr/Sr high school, and was built my freshman year. The school itself is now a beautiful building, a very costly building about 27 million dollars. The community is great, and I love how we can all come together to support an amazing school district.