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Posted August 16, 2012

I went to this school when I was a kid and thought that I wanted my children to go there because it would be a better environment than the inner city schools. I was mistaken. This school has really changed since I was there. The teachers are only there to get a pay check. Bullying is horrible there mostly among the girls. Classic case of students who are athletes are respected and cut slack and those that need attention more are cast aside.There is no homework...what kind of school has no homework? The principals there have no authority the kids truly run the school and when issues of discipline arise the vice principal applies the same punishment to all involved regardless of their role. She just doesn't want to work through the issue. Let's just suspend them and put them out of school for a week which is why some of the fights out there, and there are a lot, start in the first place. I wouldn't suggest anyone put their child in this school if they truly want them to be educated and successful. If I could give less than 1 star I would.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2010

I think all kids would love to go to this school. the teachers never give homework and during classes, they get to sit and watch movies all day long.( What can they learn from movies and how are they going to pass high school with no education?) The office there is a joke. They do not know how to interact with the parents. They lose information and blame it on you. You do what you can to help your child move on in the world and they do not help in the least. I would rather take my kid out then let them fall behind. Once that happens, its hard to catch up. Which they should have to.
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Posted May 10, 2010

Independence Middle is a great school. The teachers helped me prepare for high school and they have great methods to help you learn easier and remember what their actually teaching you.


Posted August 24, 2009

I don't like the fact that Mr. Poe does not allow the teachers to give homework. The students have no homework all through middle school, and then are expected to start doing it in high school. By the time they spend 3 years doing no homework, most of the students do not know how to do homework, then they go to college and have no base to work from.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2003

Mr. Poe works his hardest at making sure the students work to their best ability and has fun while doing so. He has pep rallys and in school games and all kinds of great activities. My daughter did great at that school and loved it.


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 48% in 2012.

169 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
40%

2009

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2012.

169 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
37%

2009

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

167 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
61%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 34% in 2012.

165 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
41%

2009

 
 
62%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2012.

150 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
35%

2009

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2012.

149 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2012.

145 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
37%

2009

 
 
50%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 40% in 2012.

143 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
31%

2009

 
 
47%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2012.

171 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
30%

2009

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

171 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
36%

2009

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2012.

167 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
53%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 34% in 2012.

166 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
36%

2009

 
 
46%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students57%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Title I57%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities60%

Reading

All Students53%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Title I53%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities56%

Science

All Students54%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Title I54%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities57%

Social Studies

All Students45%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged34%
Title I45%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities48%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the West Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students53%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Title I53%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities58%

Reading

All Students55%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Title I55%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities60%

Science

All Students48%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Title I48%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities53%

Social Studies

All Students43%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged34%
Title I43%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities47%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the West Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students40%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Title I40%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities42%

Reading

All Students45%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Title I45%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities46%

Science

All Students53%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Title I53%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities55%

Social Studies

All Students30%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged16%
Title I30%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities31%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the West Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 97% 92%
Black 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51%N/A53%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

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800 Independence Rd
Sophia, WV 25921
Phone: (304) 683-4542

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