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Grand Junction, CO
Students enrolled: 257

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600 North 14th St
Grand Junction, CO 81501

(970) 254-6850
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September 13, 2015
Both my kids have gone here since kindergarten and absolutely love it. The principal is a great and has worked hard to get the school to where it is now. It honestly can't be that bad if we have a waiting list of people who want their children to attend!

- submitted by a parent

May 10, 2015
This school and its staff are horrible. I have had my kids in school district 51 for over seven years and I have never been so glad a school year is over.... This was supposed to be a positive change- this school is awful.

- submitted by a parent

February 21, 2015
The principle is rude and downright condescending. My son was having trouble reading and after multiple meetings with his teacher, I asked for a meeting. He told me he would not offer additional help to my son unless the teacher began the "process" and didn't care that we had met multiple times without any help. I told him I wasn't going to take no for an answer, so he then told me that "I am the type of person who blames my problems on everyone else. " and I should "stop feeling sorry for myself" before he hung up on me. The district wasn't helpful and told me since it is a charter school, they have their own board to file conplaints with. They only had an email address to contact such "board" and after writing 3 separate emails and without a response, I am pretty sure that this "principal" is a board member. This school is definitely NOT a place to bring your children.

- submitted by a parent

April 24, 2014
Started out great but has a major bulling problem. Current principle has shown no desire to change. Will not be amending again.

- submitted by a parent

April 10, 2013
I absolutely love this school! The teachers who taught me in 7th grade were amazing! I'm very disappointed that this school doesn't continue into high school, because I for sure would attend it! The classrooms are structured and are a perfect learning enviroment than any school I have ever been too! GO IACS!

- submitted by a community member

February 27, 2013
I am very happy that my daughter is going to this school. She has been going since K.

- submitted by a parent

February 05, 2013
We moved to Grand Junction this year and chose IACS because it was a one of the few K-8's in town and it was recommended by a friend. We have nothing but praise for the school, it's leadership and teachers. My child's difficulties with math were identified within a few weeks of school starting, before I even had a chance to go to the teacher with my concerns she had him identified and was giving him the extra help he needed to catch up. I thought I would dislike the four day week schedule, but it turned out to be great for my child. He's doing so much better in school this year. The only reason I don't give IACS five stars is because they don't have band, orchestra or organized sports. I hope these will be available to the kids in future years.

- submitted by a parent

April 18, 2011
This school has made leaps and bounds of progress since the days it was in the church. Quality staff is dedicated to giving the best instruction possible and has taken their own time to form a professional learning community to make sure best practice is used in all academic areas. Students are held accountable and are treated with respect by all staff members. Don't know where a former reviewer got the idea that the school was not going to be around this year. It is going strong and adding another 3rd grade class for the 2011-2012 school year. The school will be two round from K-3rd grade. Keep up the great work teachers!

- submitted by a community member

November 17, 2010
Love it . Mr Lockhart is outstanding the best in the valley. Always thier to listen and help. You can find him in the middle of summer painting and re carpeting the school with several other staff. To spell it out his leadership and devotion is an A+. Kindness isnt forced and he is driven by the success of his students.

- submitted by a parent

July 26, 2010
I was thinking of taking my child to this school, but after meeting the principle I was very discouraged. It was my perception he was very insensitive to my concerns about my childs needs and did not give any encouragement at all. I felt as thought he was doing me a favor by accepting my son into" his" school. The arrogance, unprofessionalism, and insensitivity was a huge turn off for me. I am sorry for those students that are exposed to this type of leadership.

- submitted by a parent

July 21, 2010
As a student who may be going there (school may be gone next year)next year and has gone there for 2 years before. i saw a change from how it is at a normal school and this school some is normal some isnt. i recivedsome education and at the same time.... i lost hope i just felt like none of the teachers there belived that i could go back to a normal school. only 3 of my teachers belived i could do it .(big shoutout to mr. kevin!!!!!) one day i missed my bus and i heard some of them talking about me and i sat there unnoticed for about 10 minutes and some of the things they said about me were awful and hurtful. i may have been one of the most unlikley students that was there but the things they said were uncalled for and rude.

- submitted by a community member

May 07, 2010
i like the idea of having the smaller classroom settings for the middle schoolers but if one of these teachers decide they dont like your student then its a no win situation for your child. out of the 6 middle school teachers there are really only 2 that can really relate to and teach the kids in my opinion. i also do not think any staff member has the right to swear at any student but thats always their word against your childs. i will be very happy when we are done there this year. thanks to the ones who really have tried and worked with my student but to the ones who have picked their favorite students you have not been fair to the others. so in my opinion this school would be great with a few different teachers and a few new office staff people

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 04, 2009
This is our 1st year @ IACS and our child loves it, the enthusiasm and zeal for learning has returned and improved in just a few short weeks. We like the overall attitude and environment and of course the 4 day school week. It is great to see the principal so visible, accessible and involved with the staff, parents and students. It is a fantastic alternative to regular public school. Keep it up staff!

- submitted by a parent

September 30, 2009
I attended Independence Academy for 3 out of $ years in m y high school carreer. for the first two years it was an amazing school; however, once the leadership was transferred to Damon Lockhart, this school has fallen horribly. I watched students lose moral and rebel as Lockhart's horrible choices affected all those attempting to learn. What once was a great, open, beautiful learning environment is now no better than the harsh, judgmental, and bland public schooling experience.

- submitted by a student

June 29, 2009
Atteding this school has made a world of difference for my kids and step-kids. My oldest son for example was having serious behavior issues in a the 'regular' public school he attended until halfway through second grade. His problem came from finishing his work ahead of the other students, and not being given anything to do so he became disruptive. He just finished 4th grade, and is excelling wonderfully, doing 6th grade reading and math. Their father and I were so impressed by his improvement, that we did not bother with the regular public school for our younger son who has now finished kindergarten and is expected to be doing 2nd grade work for some subjects this next school year. I love how hands on and involved the teachers are, and how the school has a feeling of being a large extended family. I recomend this school to others frequently.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 09, 2009
This school is by far under the worst leadership i've seen in my life!

- submitted by a student
no rating
May 23, 2008
My daughter and granddaughter went to IACS the last three months of this school year and they both were very happy there and learned alot. In my daughters previous school she was very discouraged because she was not learning to read and not gettting the help she needed so did not want to go, now she loves going and has not complained not even one day that she did not want to go to school. she loves it and everyone is very nice to her. I am happy with my choice to put her in thi school. My granddaughter would come home everyday and say that they did not learn anything new and she was bored

- submitted by a parent

March 04, 2008
i go to this school and i love it . it is a small school and every one is friends there are not any cliques either . we also go on a lot of camping trips and other field trips . i would recomend it to any one!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 19, 2007
I like Independence Academy. so far it is the best school i've ever been to because it is out going, hands on and the teachers are great. Mrs.Igo is one awesome lady!

- submitted by a student

August 22, 2007
My daughter is starting her second year of school at Independence Academy. So far, we've been very happy with the school. They accepted her for kindergarten a year early, and she was moved into 2nd grade reading. She's excelled as a student, especially considering she's a year younger than her classmates. She reads at a phenomenal level, she knows more Spanish than I do, and her math skills are steadily improving. That being said, I can't see her staying at this school more than another year or two. The school simply does not have the amenities of a 'normal' public school. No hot lunches, no after school programs, no sports, and grades are grouped together in the same classrooms. And they 'lease' a church, since charter schools cannot levy construction bonds. It was a great start for her, but she's almost due to 'graduate' to a real public school.

- submitted by a parent

April 11, 2007
My child came from a very negative school where teachers treated her very poorly. She felt that everyone there hated her, and I observed the same of these teachers, not just to her but myself as well. Since we've been at Independence Academy my child is a happy, loving child once again. Her academics at this school are very strong, she's even doing 3rd grade math! She is taught Spanish twice a week, along with art. PE is offered daily. Her class will be going on a dinosaur journey next week! Parents are always welcomed and very involved. We recommend this school to everyone! My child knows she is loved and wants to go to school every day!

- submitted by a parent

May 18, 2006
The academic quality of programs is lacking. Classes are a mix of grades. No music,sports etc offered.

- submitted by a parent
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Independence Academy
600 North 14th St, Grand Junction, CO  81501
(970) 254-6850
Last modified Independence Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Independence Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top