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Independence High School

Public | 8-12 | 541 students

 

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Posted July 17, 2011

At meetings with the Principal and the Teachers at this school, I found the Principal to be arrogant. I found that most of the teachers were tenured and were unconcerned with my child's progress. I found this particularly true for Mathematics, Science, and Spanish. The Counselor was inefficient and made a great deal of mistakes with the scheduling of juniors and seniors. Parents must check to make sure your child has what is needed to graduate and meet TOPS requirements.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2011

The strength of this school is in its administration. They try their hardest to do good things with what they have. Some teachers are good. Others cater too much to the whims of the students or are just a little too comfortable. The main problem is the culture of the environment. Though most of the people are good-natured enough, the community is rooted in a general lack of education and motivation, there are too many teenage pregnancies, and too much concern over sports (sometimes at the expense of academics).
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Posted October 29, 2009

I feel that Independence High School worries too much about the wrong things. They try to keep students out of school by suspending them over things like dress code. Last year I was supended 5 times over dress code. And the teachers don't really teach that good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 6, 2008

I feel that Independence High School needs better teachers. I am a student at IHS and in my opinion some teachers can care less if a student is learning as long as they collecting a check they are content and this is for the principal and assistant principal as well. They focus more on your dresscode more than on your education and that can seriously waste a child's education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 18, 2008

I feel that this school should do more to prepare their students for college and the real world. I'm an 'alumni' and my statement is a matter of fact.
—Submitted by a student


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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 69% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

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The state average for Social Studies was 67% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program for the 21st Century (LEAP 21) to assess students in grades 4 and 8 in math, English language arts, science and social studies. The LEAP 21 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 64% in 2010.

132 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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60%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2010.

132 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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67%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 82% in 2013.

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 87% in 2013.

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English II

The state average for English II was 93% in 2013.

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English III

The state average for English III was 88% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 83% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the End-Of-Course (EOC) tests to test grade high school students in English 2, English 3, biology 1, algebra 1 and geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The EOC is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

Source: LA Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 48% 45%
White 40% 47%
Hispanic 7% 4%
Two or more races 3% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 82%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Cindy Williams
Fax number
  • (985) 878-4831

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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270 Tiger Avenue
Independence, LA 70443
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