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.
We love Independence. No school is perfect. I would rather fault on the side of being too churchy.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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