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The Independence School

Private | PK-8 | 600 students

Our students are well prepared for learning, leadership, and citizenship.

 
 

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted February 16, 2007

Independence has great art and music programs and some excellent teachers. However, there are too many teachers who do not perform to expectations. There are too many 'discipline issues' that are not taken care of even after going to administration. They have a great curriculum and great potential if they could only get their act together again. We left after 5 years. They need to control misbehaved students, allow for more focus on ALL students' abilities, weed out teachers and aftercare workers who are not performing and focus on values.
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Posted December 26, 2006

As a mother of three children enrolled at The Independence School, I could not be happier. My children are encouraged to perform to their best ability. They are eager to go to school in the mornings. It is a rigorous curriculum in the advanced placement classes. However, the administration does an excellent job of placement and knows the type of child that can handle the extra requirements. Independence also has great music,art and sports programs.
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Posted December 23, 2006

After having my children enrolled at Independence for 3 years, I am not convinced I have selected the best school for my children. The school does its best to weed out average children through IQ testing at age 4/5, which I think gives them jaded impression about the real world. I totally agree with the previous comment about a 'cookie cutter' prototype. Sadly, this school wants to mold children uniformly--it is stifling at times. The classroom teachers are wonderful. If you have pre-K children, be prepared to have them bring home a lot of coloring pages, which constitutes much of their 'creativity' projects. The afterhours teachers could be more friendly--an ongoing issue that is continually addressed. I am looking at other options for my children, but for now, they are relatively happy. The school could use some major tweaking, but all in all, it is a good school.
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Posted August 3, 2006

With two sons at Independence, I believe its strengths are a strong Judeo-Christian foundation with superior academics, a fantastic music program, exceptional teachers, top notch facilities, reasonable tuition (for a private school in this area), and strong parental involvement (90+% parent volunteerism). Weaknesses include administrative changes; over-emphasis on homework; too much structure; some classes with 21+ kids; and poor administration-to-parent communication (although improvements were implemented this spring - ie improved website, promotion of former Asst Head). I would recommend Independence to parents looking for an academically well-rounded school with a rigorous sequential learning program. Kids will enjoy sports, music, art, academics, extracurricular groups and school-wide activities. We have had success working with the school to address our son's learning differences, but we do know of other parents who felt the school was too inflexible in dealing with their children's challenges. Independence is best suited for the high-average and gifted student.
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Posted May 14, 2006

After my son had been at Independence for four years, I pulled him out of the school. There are some strong points about Independence. It is very academically based. The tuition is less than the other area private schools. The parents are very involved in the school, and encouraged to stay on top of their child's homework. Now, for the negative. Creativity and individualism are not valued. If you look at the pictures that line the walls, you can see that they are all very similar. Many children just don't fit the mold of the school. Many times, boys will not fit in, unless they are very quiet and do not question authority. My child was extremely stressed out here, and hated to go to school every day. If you are thinking of going here, take a look at Northstar Elementary, too
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Posted April 17, 2006

My daughter was just switched to the Independence School in the seventh grade and absolutely loved it. Every student in the school was welcoming and friendly. Although the amount of work is enormous and the work very rigorous, my daughter told me that she finally felt like she was working to her full potential. The teachers to me seemed like the greatest quality, and the former head master was not my favorite. The extracurricular activities were excellent for my daughter because there were low key, and finally decided to try a new sport after never wanting to before. The drama program is great and the music is absolutely outstanding. Almost every child is involved in band and the band teacher is teriffic. The level of parental involvment is almost too high. I'm sure many children get some 'extra' help on homework. But it is a truly wonderful school.
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Girls on the run
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (302) 239-3696

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cub scouts
  • Drama club
  • Girl scouts
  • Girls on the run
  • Math club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$4000 - $13000
Vouchers accepted
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Financial aid offered
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1300 Paper Mill Rd
Newark, DE 19711
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Phone: (302) 239-0330

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