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Independence High

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Posted March 31, 2014

Independence High School is a work in progress. The Principle is very capable and has made significant strides in improving the school from top to bottom. I expect to see the GreatSchools Rating rising steadily.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2013

I currently attend this school and it is horrible. They have told us the school is not only infested with bugs, but also MICE. Many teachers don't care about if the students understand the information being taught. The administration has always been rude to me personally. The environment does not feel safe because there are so many rough kids. Overall independence is NOT a good school.


Posted July 17, 2011

I graduated from The Big I way back in 1970. It is a wonderful school and always has been. Times change and students in Charlotte-Meck sometimes have to travel a long way to school. This is a very diverse student body. There are a lot of teachers there who graduated from Independence and that should speak volumes As times change everyone has to adjust. Overcrowding occurs and new schools are built. Sometimes that splits up friends, but Independence has always seemed to come out at or near the top. The football team is coming back. They were undefeathed for many years (7 to be exact) and both of my children went there. I am glad to say we are alumnus of The Big I.


Posted June 15, 2010

this is a horrible school i went there and I'm happy that I'm leaving there and getting transfered. every time you call the school they will always transfer you to a voice mail as if the people in the front office don't know a thing. like they can't even answer the simplest questions. also when you leave a message you hardly ever get a call back. independence has brought too many many bad things to me and it was only my first year there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 7, 2010

This School Is A Great School The Principle Is great. The teachers are great and the Safety of this Is school I great to I recommend It for parents who wanna enroll there kids In a high school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2010

I go to independence high school and this is my last year in high school! i have been going to independence since i was in the 9th grade and i loooovvvve this school! the teachers taught me so much that i have never knew! the best teachers at independence i think personally are mrs. lipp, mr. starnes, ms. lee, ms. currence, ms. apsega, ms. frank, ms. noto, and ms. davis even though she isnt teaching anymore! but other than that it is a great school and a safe one!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 24, 2009

As a member of Independence Student Council I would say that this is a really grest school. We have our problems just as any school has. The student- body is really active in the community and has a lot of school- sprit. We currently have an over populated student body. However, by next year a new school will be compleated and more students will leave our general population. A school that typicly revoled around our great football team is now trying to become more active in other extracuricular activites. Overall Independence is a great, diverse school, and I'm proud to be a Patirot!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 29, 2009

Not only did I graduate from Independence, I cam back to teach there. The reputation of Independence has always been one of mediocre achievement...that is we've always been in the middle of the pack for test scores, etc. That is all changing. Four years ago they added the Academy of International Studies which is associated with The Asia Society and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. And last year, our math scores (geometry) were second in the county (only behind Myers Park). There are fierce rivalries with nearby schools. They are mostly healthy but some of the rhetoric against Indy is fueled by the fact the our students are as affluence as nearby high schools...and we had an undefeated football team for 7 years straight. This is a great school staffed by some of the most talented and caring teachers you will ever find. Many teachers are alumni of Independence...that speaks volumes.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 4, 2009

I attend Independence high this school year 08-09 And this school is great i just moved up here from miami,fl and i heard that this school was a very bad school but i guess i was hearing the wrong information i loveee this school!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 14, 2009

I went there in 2005-2008 and I generally had a good time when I went there some of the teacher are a pain but for the most part they are okay the students at the school can be a pain too but that's a small majority overall i like the school
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 7, 2008

High school can certainly be difficult to navigate. The IS/AIS program at BIG I has been a wonderful learning experience for my guys (3 of them!). It has created community, challenged their thinking on a global level and provided opportunities that only a small environment (300+ students in a sea of 3100+) can provide. I highly recommend you check it out for yourself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2008

I think that the Big I rocks! My son attends Indpendence and he has obtained an outstanding education. The school offers a safe place to learn, great teachers and a wonderful administrative staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2007

My daughter attended Big I , and it was a terrific school- great administration, teachers, extracurricular activities, sports program ( go, Patriots!)- She had so many opportunities at the school, and it opened the doors for her to travel overseas, receive a college scholarship, compete in national competitions. She is now a caring, well-educated young woman who is giving back to the community in her career. I am proud of her and the role Indy played in her upbringing. I was a working, but involved parent. Take part in groups like the school leadership team as a parent if you have questions or concerns and you will learn more about the school and how hard they work to help their kids- I know Mrs. Bartles and Dr. Hinson both worked extremely hard to help all the kids at Big I. Some schools don't do that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2006

I have had personal involvement within Independence High School and I find it to be mismanaged and unorganized leaving the students in a state of confusion. Administration deals with minor behavior issues through suspension which most students go to school and just hang out so it doesn't work. The principal gives daily speeches that the students ignore and then she disappears. I have a child that will not go there next year because of my inside involvement with the school. If I have to home school, I will so that my child would not attend that school. The principal does not believe in the students but she talks a good game by pretending to care.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted July 17, 2006

What a difference a year makes! The new administration at IHS has worked really hard to help this school. The teachers are working harder and the students are too. Sure the school has issues but at least the school is aware and reports the issues unlike other schools. When my daughter needed help, she felt very comfortable talking with one of the female administrators who was so kind and nuturing. My youngest child will enter the BIG I this fall. He can't wait!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2006

Independence is not only the state champion in football, they are the champions of education. Under the new leadership of Nancy Bartles, the school has done an amazing turnaround. I am so proud to be affiliated with the best school in CMS. If you talk to the parents, staff, and/or students, you will hear the same thing....IHS has improved tremendously and students love going to school. The teachers are awesome! We just need more parent involvement. I think IHS is the best kept secret in CMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2005

I graduated from Independence in 2001. I'm not certain what's happened to the school since I left, but I do know several of the most passionate, dedicated teachers I've ever known are still teaching there. Every school goes through cycles of problems. If you'll recall, the gang violence that erupted at Butler when it opened had many people questioning how long it would remain open! The only thing Independence needs is a little TLC from CMS and possibly a fresh perspective from a new principal. My education there afforded me many opportunities, both in high school and after I left. When I was there, it was perfectly safe. The only thing that puts students in jeopardy is their own ridiculous behavior. When a parent says that the majority of students at their child's school do not perform to expectations, what does that say about the parent?
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 1, 2005

I am currently a rising senior @ Independence, and i have attended it for the past 3 years. I would never go anywhere else. Sure it has its problems but so does EVERY high school; drugs, violence, bad teachers...all of these things are present in every other high school in America, whether they be private or not. Dr. Hinson was a great influence upon this school, sure he liked football, but he knew everyone and said hello to you every morning when he saw you. There are over 600 students in my class alone and i don't even know half of them, but he did, he knew every one of us, all 2200 students at HIS school. You can complain about Independence all you want but you aren't going to find a staff or student body anywhere that has more spirit and cares more about their school. -Heather Parnham
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 24, 2005

This is not a school to send your child to when selecting a high school. I think Independence is an unsafe environment for any student. The staff seems more concern with getting out at 3:00 than caring for the students. There are a few good teachers but majority I feel are incompetent. They lack the ability to control their classroom and teach in a manner to stimulate learning. I think part of the problem is the administration at the school and of course the leadership at the superintendent office.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2005

I'm glad to find out there are others here who have had the same bad experience as our family did. The comment about the Pickering's is correct; also the comment about teacher favoritism, dumbing down of cirriculum, disciplinary problems --all accurate. I had to take my child out of that school! I have a rising 8th grader and I, as well as other families at our middle school want to know how we can avoid Independence? If she can't go to Butler --private school here we come.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

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Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2012.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

456 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

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Reading

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 36% in 2013.

473 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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30%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
91%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 82% in 2011.

444 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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89%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

661 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%
Civics and Economics

The state average for Civics and Economics was 80% in 2011.

438 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%
English I

The state average for English I was 83% in 2012.

532 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
89%
English II

The state average for English II was 51% in 2013.

557 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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50%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 77% in 2011.

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United States History

The state average for United States History was 82% in 2011.

394 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students30%
Female28%
Male32%
Black19%
Asian24%
Hispanic32%
Multiracial33%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities13%
Non-disabled students33%
Limited English proficiency20%
Proficient in English32%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant30%
Academically giftedn/a

Biology

All Students49%
Female48%
Male51%
Black31%
Asian39%
Hispanic39%
Multiracial50%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities14%
Non-disabled students54%
Limited English proficiency10%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant49%
Academically gifted79%

English II

All Students50%
Female61%
Male41%
Black32%
Asian29%
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities16%
Non-disabled students55%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant50%
Academically gifted84%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 37% 52%
Black 34% 26%
Hispanic 21% 14%
Asian 6% 3%
Two or more races 2% 4%
American Indian 1% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
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  • Access to sports fields
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School Leader's name
  • Amy Dellinger
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (980) 343-6907

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French

Resources

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Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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  • Football
Girls sports
  • Tennis

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  • Drama
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