School Details

Independence Elementary School

230 South Orchard Drive, Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(630) 759-7282
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 739 students 20 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

45%
49%
55%
50%
58%
59%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Valley View Community Unit School District 365u average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

53%
57%
60%
57%
60%
59%
79%
80%
81%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Valley View Community Unit School District 365u average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

39%
53%
59%
47%
55%
59%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Valley View Community Unit School District 365u average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Independence Elementary School is a public elementary school in Bolingbrook. The principal of Independence Elementary School is Kim Mulcahy. 739 students go to Independence Elementary School and are mostly Asian, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander. 1% of the Independence Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 41% of the 739 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 66% get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Independence Elementary School is 20:1. Oak View Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Drawing painting

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 6% %
Hispanic 54% 40%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Multiracial 3% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 21% 21%
White, non-Hispanic 17% 29%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66% 55%
Limited English proficiency 1% 12%
Economically disadvantaged 41% 37%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Independence is a great school. My child was having some issues in the classroom and the staff was very attentive to my child's needs and they were very encouraging to me about his progress. I would highly recommend this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a much better school than the average rating posted here. The principal is very responsive to parent needs and if parents make an effort to reach out to the teachers they will work with you to help your child achieve. Unlike some of the more highly rated school districts surrounding Bolingbrook this school and the district have a very racially and ethnically diverse student body. The teachers have many student needs to attend to. I think this school does a nice job of trying to meet the academic needs of all students. Parent involvement could be better. Not many parents make the effort to show up for Reading and Tech Nights. Student discipline is kept under control. My kids have not had any problems with teasing or bullying. Kids who do engage in this behavior are disciplined. Part of the curriculum addresses respect and good.

  • (8 years ago)

    The staff is very dedicated and caring. They teach the whole child- socially and academically. There are great opportunities. The principal is outside every day and takes time to know students individually.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have found Independence to be a great place for children to learn and develop. I was very impressed with The Chicago Tribune article that ranked Independence as the leading public school in the state to diminish the achievement gap between the races. For the last 5 years they have continued to have increased reading scores. They provide enrichment for those students that are advanced. They also have many intervention programs for students in need. I receive assessment results three times a year on my student's progress in reading as it compares nationally. That way I know exactly where my child is at and how much they have grown. The staff is very caring and committed to the students.

  • (9 years ago)

    Overall the school seems to be improving but there is still a lot of work to be done. The low test scores are a concern for me.

  • (9 years ago)

    My child has attended Independence elementary for 2 years and loves it. The Principal (FD) and Vice-Principal (MF) are truly involved with all the students and they push to get good programs for them. Examples include early literacy identification and computer 'Smart Boards' for students. The staff is easily approachable. Music art and phys ed are integrated into the curriculum. The school day is short lunch and recess time is short.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have recently pulled my children and due to the fact we can not afford private school i have quit my job to home school. The problems at this school are too many to number. The principle always backs the teachers even when it is clear they are wrong. And the racial prolems are outrages. Pulling my children was the best choice I ever made.

See all reviews on GreatSchools

Overall score

(based on 9 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

Nearby

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools