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Thompson's Station, TN
Students enrolled: 1,539
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1776 Declaration Way
Thompson's Station, TN 37179

(615) 472-4600
(615) 472-4621
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July 27, 2015
If you like little academic challenge, racist, sexist class mates, and administration that doesn't care, then this is the place for you. Along with the kill lists and bomb threats, there are many problems with this school. First off over 50% of the school goes to Thompson station church. If you don't go to the church then you are a minority. If you're looking for drugs this is the place. Vapes are the craze right now and I cannot begin to describe how many vapes I have personally seen. There are many agricultural kids that run around screaming in between classes. The number of self harming drug addicts is alarming. There Is much profanity. The staff and administration don't help anyone and resort to yelling if they don't like something. Many females dress very provocatively. The choices in classes are very limited and very few ap classes are available for freshman and sophomores. There are swastikas and other phrases carved on the desks. If you are over 6ft. Tall or over 250 pounds you will have a very hard time getting in and out of desks. Some kids have to sit in the back without a desk because they do not fit. Don't let the fact that this is a Williamson county school fool you.

- submitted by a student

September 28, 2014
My granddaughter moved here from out of state this school year. She seems to be happy with most of her teachers. She is involved in sports and I pray she will grow , make new friends and love her new school.

- submitted by a community member

June 06, 2014
Independence High School is amazing. I'm currently a "honors student", and take mostly "AP" classes. The teachers are instructive and challenging. The students made me feel at home, and the teachers made my journey, through high-School, even better. The extra classes are,and always be , amazing! They challenge me, but at the same time help me learn new things. I have no problem saying that this school is "AMAZING." The administration are awesome, and always help me with problems. I have never seen any physical attack, nor any bullying. This is the school for you.

- submitted by a student

April 26, 2012
Every time I try to write a bad review of this school, it gets pulled. The school is average at best. Problems are hidden and you cannot get an honest answer from administration. It is a poorly run school and it has been going downhill ever since the current principal arrived.

- submitted by a parent

March 27, 2012
We love Independence. No school is perfect. I would rather fault on the side of being too churchy.

- submitted by a parent

June 30, 2011
great school. lots to do and everyone goes to the sporting events, especially football games. the education is very good here and the teachers are great.... INDY NATION

- submitted by a community member

June 02, 2011
As a student of four years, I agree with some of the other people who've posted that a lot of favoritism is shown towards the churchy kids, and I'm not afraid to name names. The members of Thompson Station Church (it's Baptist no matter what the try to tell you) has a massive hold over both this school and the community in general. The students that go to the church are very cliquish and rude and they usually all vote for each other for class offices. Out of all the student speakers at our 2011 graduation, all of them attend TSC to my knowledge, except one. Thankfully, our valedictorian was not part of the club and kept her speech free of religion. I'm a Christian myself, but I don't appreciate having another church forced down my throat and I disagree with subjecting non-Christian students to it at school. Guidance is slow and the administration sucks. Otherwise, I enjoyed my time at Independence. The standard classes are a joke, but AP classes are great and honors classes usually are, too. There's a lot of extra-curriculars to get involved in and if a student puts in the work, they can be massively successful here no matter how they feel about their teachers and fellow students.

- submitted by a community member

June 01, 2011
Having suffered along with my children wth this school for 4 years . . . I have issues with: Favoritism of sports and religious groups (even having school events at a specific church). It favors the establishment of one religion over another by allowing that religion to bully non-belivers or other religions ON CAMPUS, including physical attacks. Difficult relations wish Student Services/Nurse/Check-In Out and Sick, each child and parent is treated like a criminal Gifted Program is a joke - it caused more problems rather than assisting me or my child with the unique challenges of being gifted. Unless you or your child are a sports person or a southern baptist, you shouldn't attend this school - you, and especially, they will be miserable. School should be about academics. Period.

- submitted by a parent

February 01, 2010
IHS is a great school. We moved here from another state just for the highschool. It was the best decision for schools and area to live in. Love it!

- submitted by a parent

December 31, 2009
I could not have been happier at any other high school in the county. Something about the teachers and students and IHS make you want to get involved. I took advanced classes and was very impressed with the quality of teachers. I do not think that the teachers of lower level classes were as good, but that is expected. I often took AP and honors classes in subjects I was not interested just because of the quality of the teachers. IHS was an amazing experience.

- submitted by a student

December 28, 2009
I have a child who attends this school with an IEP. And I for one have not one complaint.(as of yet) I have found the faculty, staff, and administration very helpful. They communicate with student and parent as often as I would like. (I am a very involved parent and seem to meet with the entire group of administration and faculty involved with my child every marking period always evaluating what can be done to make the four years here successful). Looking at choices of homeschooling, private or Independence, I could highly recommend you to try Independence.

- submitted by a parent

October 29, 2009
If your child is a struggling student this is not the school for them. IHS is only interested in educating students that are self motivated and do not need any guidance along the way. If your child is extremely bright and self motivated they will be happy to service you to improve their test scores.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 29, 2009
The Band, Drumline, Color Guard and the entire Music Program! They are why we purchased a house in the area. The IHS Eagles Marching Band is the best!

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2009
I attended IHS for two years and was miserable. Students were clique-y and hostile. If it wasn't for Stacie Byrd and Kim Peters, I would never have survived the two years I was forced to attend. Admin & faculty cares about only about the athletes, the test scores, and the 'wealthy' image of the school.

- submitted by a student

October 22, 2009
I am currently a junior at IHS and have found that this school is a wonderful learning enviroment. The teachers work well with students and actually care about our education. It is fillled with INDY spirit and makes me proud to call myself an eagle. KAKAW!

- submitted by a student

August 28, 2009
My child is an honors student and plays two sports as well. The test scores alone speak for the excellent teachers. We have outstanding coaches and I have found the executive staff to be extremely easy to work with and they welcome partent comments and involvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 24, 2009
I have found the new principle difficult to work with as a parent. Having a child who is an early graduate, they do not get any senior privledges which include no senior pic in the yearbook. They also do not get a 'senior gift' at graduation

- submitted by a parent

February 11, 2009
The requirement for a note is not a district policy. You may look up the actual policy here, http://www.wcs.edu/district/boardpolicy/sect6/6200.pdf The requirement of a note is up to the principal of the school and as far as I know (I am a school board employee and a parent of an IHS student) IHS is the only school that wants this . It is ludicrous for you to say that if a child is sick enough to miss school then they should go to a doctor. Employees do not need doctors notes for illness less than five days. In the schools we are told to stay home if we feel ill. Schools are breeding grounds for sickness and one person coming in with a cold will soon spread it to hundreds. Get your facts straight. However, I do think that IHS is a good school now that Dr. Campbell has taken over.

- submitted by a parent

February 02, 2009
The adminsitration of independence requires a note from a doctor if a student is sick because that is district policy. This school does a good job of correctly following the rules and not putting up with nonsense from students. This school sees that if a student is sick enough to miss school, they need to be seen by a physician, and they do so rightly. The activities at the school are incredible. They have a club for everyone. The students are also extremely kind and courteous. Go ihs!

- submitted by a community member
no rating
January 07, 2009
School administration has not respect for parents. Sometimes required DOCTOR notes if student is sick the day before or the day after a holiday. Why take your child to a doctor when they just have a stomach bug? It's an unnecessary cost. The administration has way too much power.

- submitted by a parent
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Independence High School
1776 Declaration Way, Thompson's Station, TN  37179
(615) 472-4600
Last modified Independence High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Independence High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top