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6-8
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Jupiter, FL
Students enrolled: 1,332
 

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4001 Greenway Drive
Jupiter, FL 33458

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May 02, 2015
I have had two daughters go through Independence Middle, my youngest is about to graduate from 8th grade. Both of my girls had very different, but extremely positive experiences. They both made huge academic gains over the course of their three years and were able to take high school level classes in 8th grade (math & foreign language.) The teachers and administration have been nothing but outstanding! The academies, chorus, band, sports teams, and extra-curriculur clubs are just a few amazing things that IMS has to offer. No middle school is perfect but this school is about as close as you can get!

- submitted by a parent

January 31, 2015
serious bulling problems in this school and staff don't protect kids. 3 hours of homework every night in 6 th gr in regular classes if you child forget his homework he will get a 0 THIS IS THE ONLY SCHOOL were you can 4TH with an F!!!!!!

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October 24, 2014
I am satisfied with Independence and think it's a very good school. While it does have most of the problems associated with a adolescents growing into teenagers, I think that the staff and education provided are excellent. There's some bullying, as there would be in any middle school, but my children told me that it's not terrible, and there are not many fights at all. All things considered, my children are happy with the school, and I'm happy with the education.

- submitted by a parent

September 21, 2014
Great school my child is thriving in all areas. Very pleased with the choice programs.

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May 29, 2014
My child has attended IMS for 3 yrs. and it has been a great experience. He came from a small private school and adjusted very well to life in a big school. We've had our problems (no school is perfect) BUT any issues were taken seriously and quickly resolved. The Pre-Law Academy is wonderful and the teacher is great. In his 3 yrs at IMS he has only seen maybe a handful of fights and bullying is taken VERY seriously at this school. He came to IMS not knowing anyone and quickly made many friends. Overall his experience has been a great one and IMS has definitely prepared him for high school next year.

- submitted by a parent

May 08, 2014
My daughter is a 7th grader at IMS and she loves it. The teachers are responsive and helpful. She struggled one semester in a class and her teacher invited her to her classroom before school so she could do her homework there and the teacher would assist her if she needed help. That worked out great and she pulled up her grade and made the honor roll. So far, all of her teachers have been helpful and responsive. She has good friends and has never had a problem with bullying. The new principal has made good changes and the campus is definitely more secure. My daughter has told me that the principal handles problems and does not ignore them. There is a VERY high percentage of kids at this school who make the honor roll and get good behavior scores. She made friends easily and joined clubs too. Great field trips, school dance, sports, clubs, etc. I love this school! I read the other reviews, and they make it look like there is a lot of bullying, but I disagree. I think the amount is less than most schools and that the teachers, staff, and principal take it seriously when it does happen. There are over a thousand students, and the large majority are great kids.

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2014
I am a current 7th grader at IMS. It is a good school and teachers really care however it is very bad for kids who aren't "popular" if you come to this school your bound to get cursed out on your first day. I have seen things at this school that i wish I had not once a kid got thrown down the bleachers ad beat on by a older 8th grader wright in front of the two gym coaches who just sat back in there chairs as if they were to cowardly to even help the kid. The new princeaple is somewhat of a bully to the kids however all the assistant principle's are very kind and caring. Overall this school is not good for a kid who does not know self defense cause there going to need it.

- submitted by a community member

April 13, 2014
I am a current 7th grader at IMS, the school does have a bit of cons and some pros. After the new principle came in last year everything has changed there are more rules and consequences. The education is good except some teachers get mad if you don't understand the lesson (Math teachers mostly). The school has great academies (Pre-Business, Pre-Law, Pre-Medical, and Pre-Teacher). The is not that good but not horrible. And some teachers are great and some are not that......great. I have had some problems with some kids in my years and still with me today but not that bad. The bullying is not perfect either. But overall the school is pretty good (Way better than JMS your other selection).

- submitted by a community member

January 30, 2014
I am a current 6th grader at IMS. On my first day, the students and staff were very nice and understanding and it was easy to fit in. The lunch here is actually very good, and I prefer it. There are a lot of fights and a lot of bullies, but if you are a parent, don't even bother going to the Administration as they do not care.

- submitted by a community member

December 27, 2013
My daughter has attended IMS the last 2 and a half years. When she started IMS in 6th grade, I was scared for her...such a large campus, so many students, and so many children that emit such a sense of entitlement. I joined the PTO and volunteered as often as I could so that I was able to see how the school was run. The school has completely changed in a short period of time (we had a Principal leave and a new one come in at the end of 2012/2013 school year)...the school feels safer, the staff at the school seems to care much more than those at our local elementary schools (Beacon and LHES), and the teachers are all wonderful. (Don't get me wrong, there was a personality conflicts with a teacher, but that's bound to happen.) We have a wonderful PTO Board, a terrific group of parents that are members of the PTO and very involved in school and the SAC Committee, as well as a phenomenal Principal, A/P, and Guidance Counselor team. I have been very happy with the school

- submitted by a parent

November 09, 2013
In 6th grade, I did not like IMS at all, but looking back as a 9th grader, my last two years there were fantastic. The transition was a little difficult to get used to but after a while, I fit right in. There is a moderate amount of bullying, and the administration really is not helpful in that area at all, but if you know who to avoid, you will be fine. Most of the teachers there are fantastic. The cafeteria food isn't gourmet or anything, but it expectable for a public school. The academics are great, and each of the academies there are wonderful, (especially Pre-law and Pre-Teacher). Overall I had a very positive experience at Independence. Looking back now, I miss it so much, and almost wish I was still going there. Take it from a student, this school is great. Most of these other reviews are from people who had bad experiences (mostly parents). It actually is a pretty good school, and I felt very comfortable there. (It's also MUCH nicer than JMS, your other alternative.)

- submitted by a community member

September 10, 2013
I attended this school for about a week and a half last year and was bullied from the start. I walked into P.E. and an eighth grader just started cursing at me. On top of that I was placed in a math class with All the kids week had been in the "advanced" math class (I had been in gifted- but there is no gifted math) which contained me and about 29 other students who hadn't been in the gifted program (& I had a perfect score in math the previous year.) A majority of these students had attended the same elementary school as I and had bullied me there! Nobody would allow me to sit with them in lunch claiming that they "were saving those seats". My mother and I then had a meeting with the assistant for 7th grade (the sixth grade one wasn't available) who said she would"find a friend for me". She did not. Finally after constantly begging my parents I was allowed to transfer back to Catholic School. I would not recommend sending your child to This school unless the only thing that matters to them is popularity.

- submitted by a community member

September 06, 2013
Very nice school! Only con is that the laptops are dated. Very nice pre med and pre law academies.

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September 06, 2013
Nice school! Only con is that the laptops are dated. Teachers are great! Good pre med and pre law programs!

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June 23, 2012
What a mistake!! from day one he was being bullied. Started on the school bus, then into the school itself. Contacted the School administration the First day about this via e-mail and never received a response back, the pushing - shoving continued. The only thing that happened is the liason officer came on the Bus and stated the over crowding can't be helped and they are watching everyone on the Bus. In school the kids would make fun of him because of his name. Open his back pack laugh at him when everything fell out on the floor. At lunch no one would let him sit at the lunch tables, stating it's saved and then nobody sits there. How would that make you feel. Finally I went to the School and demanded a meeting with the school counselor. The meeting went well, promises where made to have him matched up with another student, also for someone to sit with him during lunch. Wow, It happened only one time. No improvements to anything. His grades went from A's to F's. Depression set in and as parents saw him slide so bad he did not want to go to School. STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL! They have Bully problems and say they care. This is an A rated school REALLY! P.S. we moved back to Wi

- submitted by a parent

December 07, 2011
Hello, I am a current 8th grader at independence. This school is a little too strict and kind of treats us like elementary school kids. The food here isn't as great. The education is alright but sometimes the teachers get mad when I don't understand the lesson. What is good about this school is there is hardly ever any fights. But bullying happens quite a lot. The kids here are a little bit mean. They will give you dirty looks or say something mean if they hear a rumor or two. Even though this school can improve on something. I wouldn't go to any other school but this one because I have a lot of middle school memories now.

- submitted by a community member

August 31, 2011
I am a seventh grade student and I came to this school in the middle of the year last year from Cincinnati Ohio. The kids at this school were not very friendly to me and cussed A LOT which is completely different than my schools in Ohio. The teachers were pretty nice but never informed me on what I needed to know about the school or their classrooms. The school also took a long long time to put me into gifted. I was gifted up in Ohio but for some reason they would not except my gifted testing down in Florida, so they told me that I would have to take it again. I was okay with this until I realized that they would not be testing me until 7th grade. Why it would take them so long, I have absolutely no idea. So my mother payed for me to get tested over the summer and I was once again identified as gifted. Now I am a gifted seventh grader and it has become a lot easier. The group of people in gifted are all together nicer in my experience than those in regular, but I have met some really nice regular students that are still my friends to this day. All in all I don't think that there is anything special about this school or that it is bad. It is just plain average.

- submitted by a community member

July 18, 2011
My son also had a terrible time with the bullying at IMS!!! Nothing, absolutely nothing was done by the school police or the principal. The teachers had another student walk w/him from class to class as much as possilbe. There was NO, ABSOLUTELY NO ZERO TOLERENCE for bullying @ IMS! I pulled him out in the middle of Feb. 2010 because it was so bad! So he did all of 6th and half of 7th - I cried just about every time I dropped him off. He was depressed and had social anxiety. We live in North Palm and I had to drive him because the buses were so overcrowded and the kids from Riviera Beach were so prejudice, they were always picking on the white kids!! We hated IMS! Hate dit!!

- submitted by a parent

June 13, 2011
my name is Nery, my Sons name is David he is in 7th grade- the reason why I tranferred my son IMS is becuase he was bullied at Howell L Watkins middle twice. since my son started IMS I have not had any telephone calls from his teachers, student counselor or the AP to discuss my son's grade, on the contrary all telephone calls I have received is to inform me that my son had to be picked up because he was given a referrral by Mr. Alli his reading coach (not the teacher to my knowledge before giving referrals there has to be parent/teacher conference. the last day of school I received another call from the school principal i was very irrate went to the school requested to speak with the principal she did not come to talk to me said she would call me as now now I am still waiting for her call. my son will be repeating the 7th grade. I believe that if the teacher would have shown more insterest to my son he would have done excellent. the teacher that constantly gave referral her name is ms. ali, why was she the ony one to give referrals? makes me wonder if she just did not like my son

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January 12, 2011
our 1st year at IMS. 7th grade. my child is adhd and the teachers seem to be very receptive to helping my child stay on task and following through with the IEP. i am in constant contact with them about my child. bullying has been an issue and i don't think enough is done to deter it. there needs to be a no tolerance policy!

- submitted by a parent

September 25, 2010
Independence Middle School is a great school! The teachers are nice and the principal cares. The teachers help you do your best. There is bullying but, this year the principal is stopping it. She is spreading awareness all over the school to help. I reccomend this school to all students if you want a safe and educational school!

- submitted by a community member

April 08, 2010
IMS is ok i came in the middle of the year in 6th grade and took band it hass such a good band teacher even though i hope it stays that way because mr sonntag is leaving this year and i hope we have a good teacher also the dress code is soo riduculis it is crazy there are no good and cute collared shirts for girls unless ur willing to pay 40 for one at the mall the teachers are 2 out of 5 the adcanced classes are barely any different than the regular classes there is alot of cussing in that skool to but overall it is ok

- submitted by a student

February 19, 2010
Being a 6th grader at IMS, I was coming into middle school with my head held high.The first day of school, I had my schedule changed to PE. I am NOT an athletic person at all and my mother igned the applicable opt-out-of-gym form and yet I still got gym. The first day I was put in all regular when I was supposed to be in FULL GIFTED!!! Another thing that was kind of annoying is the dress code. I mean collars. I have some adorable tops and they ARE school appropriate and they have sleeves but NO i cant wear the because they dont have a collar attached to them. But the upside is all of my teachers are WONDERFUL!!!!

- submitted by a student

November 21, 2009
this school is really good. the teaches are nice and the eighth graders are not mean and there is hardly any fighting going on.

- submitted by a student

August 06, 2009
love this school clean and nice and the teachers and students are all great

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no rating
July 07, 2009
I go 2 IMS (Independence Middle School),7th grade, and i think that IMS is one of the best schools ive been to! The teachers there care about the students and how well they do no matter what! I would reccomend IMS to any student! GO IMS EAGLES!

- submitted by a student

February 21, 2009
Not all of the teachers take into account if a student has a special need such as ADHD and assist them accordingly; it's a huge school and the kids are basically 'on their own to sink or swim'

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 12, 2009
When my son was getting ready to enter the 6th grade I was not sure about IMS. I had heard mixed reviews, but the majority of the negative feedback was related to the then-principal. In the end we elected to have our son attend IMS and I can say 6th grade was a real adjustment, not due to the school, just due to the change from elementary. Now that we have a new principal with an amazing reputation the school has improved remarkably and this year my 7th grader is thriving. The rest of the administration is great, we really like our A.P. and have been lucky with most of the teachers. We did have one teacher we weren't very happy with early in the year, but we nipped it in the bud by speaking to the administration and the problem was resolved. This is a top-notch school. Highly recommend!!

- submitted by a parent

July 25, 2008
This is my first summer after graduating from Independence MS and after 3 years here I can say this school is going down hill. The administration cannot lead this school effectively. Thier biggest problem is they make so many rules because of not realizing a very simple fact which is... 80% of the people who come here are nice and wouldn't take advantage of a school with normal quatities of rules. The extra 20% would do this. So does one want a school with 80% approval ratings or...Does one want a school with 0% approval ratings just to control the bad? Until the administration realizes this they will continue to make new rules that only affect 20% or less of the population here. Despite this grievance, this school is one of the best in the county. Anyone would benefit from learning here. Come stop by sometime. They'd love to have you!

- submitted by a student
no rating
July 15, 2008
i`m a student at independence i`m going into the seventh grage.Im African American but the only bad part about my school is that it`s not very diverse.

- submitted by a student

April 28, 2008
I must agree with the statement that the school is behind from the school in NY that we came from. However, I think that is pretty much going to be in all the schools. It's different...no question. My son is doing well, staff/admin is very hard to reach. Middle school is proving to be hard for everyone. I think IMS is safe and if your child is on the right track, they will do fine. Edline can really help you stay on top of what is going on.

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2008
I love Independence Middle School! They have great staff and faculty who are very kind and helpful to others.

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January 27, 2008
This is our first year at this school. We moved here from another state and found that most of the children here are behind academically. We like the school but if you have a concern of some sort and you want to talk to someone they are not quick to get back with you on the matter. Also if your child takes gym they are graded on the number of push-ups or the number of lapse they can do. So 50 lapse is an A. So it is possible for an honor roll student to fail gym based on these standards. I disagree with the grading. If your child signs up for a group of classes be prepared to take classes you did not sign up for. We sighned up for spanish and some other classes but we were put in French.

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January 19, 2008
I love this school, I also love the people in the school and all the activites. I'm a 6th grader who goes to this school and I have to say, this school is the best school i've ever been to! I also love my princeable! If you are looking for a school in this area, try Independance Middle School, home of the Eagles!

- submitted by a student
no rating
January 03, 2008
I am a seventh grader here and I love this school! We have one of the best softball teams in our bracket, and many other great sports teams. The chorus program is great(Mrs.Barnes) as well as the art department(Ms.Cappella). And Mr.Haugh and Mr.Fredericks are the coolest teachers you'll ever meet! Sure there are a couple crazy taechers that should be watched, but thats how it is in every school. Overall its a pretty awsome school. GO EAGLES!!

- submitted by a student

December 16, 2007
I go to this school and my teachers are awesome. Great sports program. I recomend Mr. Haugh as the best teacher ever!

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December 10, 2007
This school has been disappointing to me. I am concerned with the quality of the gifted program. I have found a few excellent teachers but also staff whom I would not place in that category. I belive the school could do a better job academically and would not recommend it.

- submitted by a parent

August 17, 2007
The Sports Program is great and the acedimics are good too.

- submitted by a student

May 13, 2007
This is a great school! It does has a wonderful music program, but its Math and English teachers are wonderful as well.

- submitted by a parent

August 13, 2006
I have gone to this school since sixth grade every since the old principal left its been a disaster with the sceduling. I never sees the principal. And the teachers arent the best but I would deffenitly recomend Mr Farrelly.

- submitted by a student

July 24, 2006
Yes, this is a beautiful, new school. Due to out of control developers in the area, too many children are being packed into this school. The band director is incredible. Great music program! Art? Forget it. Essay writing? Forget it. Homework? Forget it. My child rarely has homework and when she does, it's done in under an hour and this is an honors student.

- submitted by a parent

May 26, 2006
My daughter has been a student at IMS for three years. We have found the school to be academically challenging, the teachers and administartion and staff easily accessable and supportive. Many opportunities have oened up for her that would not have been available in most other schools. She is well prepared for high school. Thanks for a great three years.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2005
Being the 8th day of school, there are still scheduling issues to include cancelling classes, children without schedules for days, schedules switched and no parental information available on the two websites available to the school. Other schools surveyed in the local area all have schedules mailed to their students prior to the initiation of school. Not at IMS. Academically, the majority of the teaching staff is exceptional, beautiful 4 year old campus and a great award winning Band program. Other issues encountered in prior occasions have been met with professionalism and timely resolution.

- submitted by a parent

June 25, 2005
This is an 'A' rated school, which is a bit misleading. The grade can be attributed more to the elementary schools feeding it and the community it serves. This school is over crowded mostly because people want their kids to go to a new school. The school doesn't have very good communication with parents. If your kids don't talk to you, you will not know what is going on. If your child is into music however, the band director at Indepenedence is the best around. He spends a lot of his personal time helping the kids and coordinating activities.

- submitted by a parent

August 25, 2004
The school is nice, but way overcrowded. The ability to control the students is not there. Not sure environment is condusive for greater learning. Children use very fowl language and are disobedient.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2004
Overcrowded with students, no room on the bus, no lockers for many of the students. Teachers yelling at students in the classroom...

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Independence Middle School
4001 Greenway Drive, Jupiter, FL  33458
(561) 799-7500
Last modified Independence Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Independence Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 67 reviews. Top