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Independence Alternative School

Public | 9-12 | 264 students

 

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Posted December 19, 2011

While the concept of the school is great, the administrative staff is horrible, namely the counselor. Rude, arrogant, combative, condescending and not interested in helping my child at all....just there for the paycheck and free vacations.....not to mention the no excuse for missing class even if your child is deathly ill! .just say NO
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2008

I am a 2008 grad of Idependence high school and I am proud of it. The teachers at the school really care if you graduate and they want to help you do it. The school is a geat way to finish high school and a great place for kids who don't really like the normal high school ways. Parents'S if your son or daughter wants to go there, you should really consider it and go and talk to them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2007

I think the principal here is one of the best that I have ever had the priviledge to know in the Fulton County system. She is a caring person who gets to know you as an individual.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2005

I'm thrilled with this school! My son has excelled unbelievably and it is due to the caring, encouraging environment. These teachers really and truly care about the success of the students. I think other schools should see this school as an example of how schools should be structured. Thanks for giving my son a chance to show his real potential!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2004

This school is by far the most beneficial to the student. I've attended other high schools and the amount of care given by the teachers here at Independence overshadows the other schools by far. Most students who have to overcome obstacles would never graduate if it weren't for this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2004

This is a well-hidden gem, a wonderful small school with talented and caring teachers. Same curriculum and texts as other Fulton County schools but education is available here in a warm, encouraging environment focused on the individual teenager.
—Submitted by a parent


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

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

46 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

31 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

50 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
77%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 80% in 2011.

49 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
92%
Scale: % at or above passing

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in English language arts, math, science and social studies to students in grade 11. The GHSGT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass all parts of the GHSGT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 95% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) to students in grade 11. The GHSWT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass the GHSWT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
67%
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
55%
American Literature

The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
41%
Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
63%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
76%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
n/a
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
80%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
53%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 37% 44%
Black 30% 37%
Hispanic 26% 12%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Tabatha Taylor
Fax number
  • (770) 643-3335

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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