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Independence High School

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Posted March 30, 2014

Independence is great! I'm currently a sophomore and my experience here has been terrific! I love my peers and teachers!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2013

I attended Independence High School as a freshmen for year 2011-12. My experience in that school was great! Freshmen year is forever a memorable memory for me. The staff, teachers, and students are wonderful. There's so much extra activities to sign up for. Dance, robotics, French club, stomp dancing, all kinds of engineering, and year book club. You can even sign up for before school classes and even get an extra class for after school. Teachers are there to help you if your having difficulties understanding something, or just having problems at home. Also, I know many kids are concerned with cafeteria food. Well at Independence it's so good! They have many choices, and if you get tired of the food they have candy, chips, and soda machines. Their breakfast is delicious as well. God, I miss their food. I think Independence is an excellent school.


Posted November 10, 2009

I Love IHS I love the teachers they are there when you need them, there are a lot of after school activities too! yeah you have a jerk here and there but for the most part everyone gets along. I have been attending for 3 years and i recommend it to everyone
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 25, 2009

As a class of 2006 graduate I believe that the extracurricular activities are excellent. The teachers are very committed to student success and are willing to work with students who are struggling. The accelerated and AP programs are awesome and I found them to be very rewarding and intellectually stimulating. While I do believe that safety is an issue to be addressed the school as a whole is awesome.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2009

It is a great school that is fun for everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

It is a great school that is fun for everyone there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2009

It is a great school that is fun for everyone there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2008

I've attended Independence for 3 years now and loved everyday of it. everybody pretty much gets along, but still have their moments at times. This school is a great place to be and i recomend it to all who wanna have a good time and get out of there shell.


Posted July 18, 2007

I feel this school has become an academic haven, surrounded by other poorly performing schools. The administration has shown great leadership and high expectations for achievement. The teachers are trained and supported in this same approach: ALL KIDS CAN AND SHOULD LEARN AND THIS SCHOOL MAKES THE DIFFERENCE. Thank you, Independence High School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2007

My daughter has really enjoyed her freshman year at Independence. Her teacher's have really been helpful and encourage communication with parents. A big thank you to the teachers at Independence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2007

my kids are in choir,one is in vocal. They love it! Independence has alot of programs for academics,music,sports and extracurricular. Enjoy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2006

Students have a lot of time excel has great teachers. Students have explore wich gives a nice break during school. I recomend this to any one!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 6, 2006

I think this is a great school for all children. The teachers here work one-on-one with students and spend a lot of time helping out after school. My daughter says she has met many new and exciting people this year. These are some reasons why I think independence high school is a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 10, 2006

Ihs is a great school. Though we disagree with the local grade/middle school grading systems. We came into this high school from an outside school and fell right into place and having the honors classes is great. Not all school offer this. The teachers we have had the past year and this year seem to care about the children and give them individual time if needed. I would highly recommend this high school to anyone in the area. Keep up th egreat work teachers, staff and all employees of the ihs group!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2005

This school provides aquality academic enviroment in which the students readily learn the taught material.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 5, 2005

Great school and caring staff. This school offers webgrades which allows you to keep track of your childs grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2005

It has a lot of opportunities for the students to get involve in an extra activity afterschool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2005

Overall this school is decent. Around middle class in standards. Aims scores were very low. With more money and future development this school is on its way to becoming great. Many new buildings and other old ones are being fixed are built from scratch. The unique part of this school is that it is half underground and half above ground. Most of the students have 5 or more classes that require them to be downstairs. They have carperted areas, such as green, red, and blue along with numbers to make the classes a little easier to find. I recommend this school to people deciding to move to this area only.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2005

Independe High school has taken a lot of steps to improve their academic achiecements. With the new new freshman Excel, Academic Strategies, and other programs that have been added, the amount of effort that has been put to make this school a better high school has been noticeable. Independence has been considered one of the best high schools in the district, and I am sure it will remain this way.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 8, 2005

Great School. Good afterschool programs. My daughter did very well.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

465 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

474 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

462 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 68% 43%
White 15% 42%
Black 11% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6602 N. 75th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85303
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Phone: (623) 435-6000

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