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The Independence School1
Posted February 26, 2015
- a parent
I pulled my daughter out of this school last year simply because the school is getting so horrible. Enrollment rate for this school is declining. Teachers are more concerned about losing their jobs than focusing on teaching. Teacher use more video to teach math rather than actual demonstrating step by step problem solving. My daughter felt extremely bored and not challenging for her learning. The school did not handle bully issues properly, often blame on victims rather than taking corrective actions on bullies. There is no formal bully reporting system like public school system. In my daughter's case, it took several victims, of course including my daughter, to build the history and eventually causing physical harms to one poor kid to get that bully out of the school. The curriculum did not link to common core and parents were never made aware of this change. After seeing my daughter thriving in new school. I really regret sending my daughter to TIS. It's not about the expensive tuition, but I mistakenly place my daughter in such a horrible learning environment. For those parents considering TIS, you might want to think about that again... Will you be getting what you pay for?
Independence is an excellent school that has provided a superior education for my children. The school starts as early as preschool and goes through 8th grade. If a parent really wants to find out just how good a school Independence is, they should visit the school in person and check things out themselves.
We've had three daughters attending The Independence School since preschool. They're now in 5th, 7th and 8th grade. Independence really is a great school and is "head and shoulders" above all the other schools in the area academically. My 8th grader has been shadowing and testing at area high schools and has done extremely well on the testing. This is a DIRECT result of the education she's received at Independence. My only gripe concerning Independence is that I wish it went through 12th grade (and I feel this way even though we have to drive 30 minutes to get there)! You really can't go wrong with this school if you want the best education available for your child.
The negativity towards Independence is shocking to me. I have had a wonderful experience as a student there. The teachers and administrators always do their best to push their students to success and distinction. I couldn't be happier with Independence, and I would recommend it to anyone searching the area for good schooling.
We have three daughters at The Independence School. The teachers are amazing. At every grade level the teachers have found ways to engage and encourage each of my girls. It has been worth every penny of the three tuitions we pay.
As a former student at Independence, I can say with absolute certainty that Independence has prepared me well for high school with its rigorous academics, as well as teaching me how to manage my time. My teachers always praise "the Independence kids" because we are accustomed to balancing the heavy workload with multiple extracurricular activities. I would definitely recommend Independence to any parent who wishes their child to have a solid foundation to build the rest of their academic career on.
As an Independence graduate, I am outraged at all the negative comments on this forum. This school has done the best job I could have asked for preparing me for high school and has always gone above and beyond in their academic departments. Independence is well-rounded, and your child is guaranteed to have their strengths challenged as well as their weaknesses nourished and improved. The students are always placed in the highest level classes at their high schools, and many are offered scholarships to local high schools. We fly through freshmen year because Indy has prepared us for balancing significant homework and studying with sports, clubs, and other after school activities. In addition, the Independence community is like no other. The students form bonds that remain strong even after going their separate ways. Some of my best friends are Independence graduates whom I have not gone to school with in over a year, but we remain close as ever. Teachers are always happy to help the students, and create a positive environment where kids can learn and thrive. I honestly can not recommend this school highly enough to anyone.
I was a student at Independence for 11 years. It's difficult and academically focused but their is absolutely no place I would have rather spent my elementary and middle school years than at Independence. The community their is amazing and undeniable. They are to this day my family, the teachers are still people I email and, the love I have for all my fellow graduates is immense. I would be lying if I said that there is nothing Independence could do to become a better school and environment, but can't you find something wrong with anything if you look hard enough? Independence prepared me for high school in ways I can not explain. I will be honest, Independence gets you scholarships to high school and many people do not have those chances going to high school. Independence is the most amazing place I have ever been and I will never regret my time there. Give independence a chance and your child will become part of a family and like a family, the support your child will receive will be endless.
I am currently in tenth grade at Archmere Academy. As a student of 10 years and a graduate of The Independence School, I attribute all of my success to Independence. It provided me with the most solid foundation that I was able to stand on to achieve things. Independence's community and family feel gave me the strength that I needed to explore my interests. In the high school process, schools went crazy from just saying that I came from Independence. I was not the smartest in my grade, but was still awarded large scholarships from various schools. Independence can give your child the confidence he/she needs to become the person he/she aims to be. I started my own non-profit business this past summer, making almost $2,500 in the first two months. I thank Independence has given me the confidence and the strength to find myself and figure out what I'm good at. I have never had any problems with bullying or teachers.
As a recent Independence alumni, I am quite frankly appalled and disgusted to view the negative campaigning that is attempting to besmirch the fine and well reserved reputation Independence has cultivated over the years. Independence provided me with a strong balance between rigorous academics, extensive study of the arts, and a multitude of extracurriculars. With teachers always readily available to help, the challenging academics at Independence become very manageable with the sufficient amount of effort. All of the preparation Independence provided me has made the transition to high school smooth and flawless. The students from Independence are consistently the brightest and most prepared at my high school. Yet, Independence does not simply focus on academics, but strives to nurture all the strengths in their students, resulting in well rounded students ready to rise to higher levels of education. I would recommend Independence to anyone who wishes for a healthy, happy environment in which their children can reach heights they thought previously unimaginable.