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Independent Elementary School is a highly rated, public school located in Castro Valley, CA. It has 653 students in grades K-5 with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. According to state test scores, 73% of students are at least proficient in math and 76% in reading.
Address
21201 Independent Sch Rd.
Castro Valley, CA 94552
Telephone
(510) 537-9558
Website

Independent Elementary School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
76%
Percent Proficient - Math
73%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Crime & Safety
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  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    D+
  4. Good for Families
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Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$87,204
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,454
National
$949
Median Home Value
$591,600
National
$184,700

Students

Diversity
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Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
653
Free or Reduced Lunch
14%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
26:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$82,718
Teachers in First/Second Year
15.4%
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Independent Elementary School was a solid foundation to the start of my education. Granted, I did have a stay-at-home mom that provided a lot of support for my precious public school education, but I also truly place my academic success in the dedication and care that a majority of the teachers had. Let's just say that to this day (keep in mind that I'm a high school senior now), my mom still randomly spurts about how wonderful my kindergarten teacher was, and how important her teaching was to planting that darling seed of education into my life.

I debated giving the school four stars or five stars, and in the end, I still chose five because I believe all the teachers did care to at least 90% capacity.

(And if you're also looking at Jensen Ranch Elementary School, just know that the education is really almost the same. I know an equal amount of highly intelligent (and unintelligent) kids from both Independent and Jensen.
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