Independence High School

5175 Refugee Rd, Columbus, OH 43232
(614) 365-5372

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 924 students 20 students/teacher (OH avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade


Ohio Graduation Test (OGT)

In 2013-2014 Ohio used the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. State averages displayed on public school profiles include public schools only. State averages displayed on private school profiles include private schools only. The OGT is a high school graduation requirement for public schools and chartered private schools. The OGT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
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About this school

Independence High School is a public high school in Columbus. The principal of Independence High School is Mr. Christophe A. Qualls, whose e-mail is 924 students go to Independence High School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 98% of the 924 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 81% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Independence High School is 20:1. Focus Learning Academy of Southeastern Columbus is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 88% 57%
White, non-Hispanic 5% 27%
Hispanic 4% 8%
Multiracial 2% 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% 2%
Asian 0.4% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81% 79%
Economically disadvantaged 98% 98%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Independence high school is a wonderful school. Everyone always goes based of what they hear do they personally come and visit our school and see intelligent we really our as a whole group. We as a school we have grown we do wonderful activities to even better ourselves. This year at this school we have allowed a church to come in and help build some of our school elementary schools like liberty have come to our school at times and we perform many activities to help the little ones. We are more than what people make us out to be.come and support our school and see who we really are at fort Hayes on Thursday @ 46 pm. #saveihs

  • (2 years ago)

    As a former student I was totally unprepared for college once I graduated. I had no study skills and I was failing classes when in high school I graduated as the top 5% of my class. As long as you show up to class and allow the teachers to do their "job" (that's how they consider it a paycheck) then you will get that A. There are very few that really care about the student. The ones that do and have high expectations for the students are greatly disrespected by the students and the administrators and fellow teachers turn a blind eye because they are worried about their image. There are more teachers there who care about their image with the student body than actually preparing them for the adult world. Basically through trial and error I taught myself how to study and hired tutors in order to graduate from college.

  • (4 years ago)

    As the parent of a child who attended this school I am very disappointed in the in the overall educational and sports experience she had that this school. I don't feel they prepared her properly for college they did not challenge her enough in the different subject matters. Their sports programs are among the worse in the city. They allow people with no coaching experience or no knowledge of the sport to be head coaches. They seem to have no idea how important sports can be in the educational process for a student. The current Principal has shown poor leadership and no direction for the school. There are some teachers at this school who do a very good job but there are not enough of them. I will not allow my son to attend this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm in the 10th grade in Independence Hihg School And i think it's great. The teachers are great they care about our education and our future in college. Not only that but you can open your heart to them and they'll listen.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a teacher who has taught at Independence for many years I know that the majority of the staff cares about the students and their education. Students think that teachers are mean when they enforce school rules and expect them to pay attention. It's hard to see things from an adult's perspective when you are a teenager. The vast majority of the students here are good kids. They may not all be 'A' students but they're are good kids. There is only a very small percentage of students who are trouble.

  • (7 years ago)

    i think the school needs to focus on preparing students for college instead teaching them things that they should have learned in middle and elementary school the classes they offer can be better us students need more classes to choose from to help better us and get us ready for college and work force

  • (10 years ago)

    As a student that attends IHS I agree mostly with the rest. Some teachers come to school because its there job and they have to but others really do take pride in their job and what they have to do. But I also think that others look down on I-high. This school is a school like any other school. There are students that care about there education and get the work done and there are some that just dont and that is like kids at any other school. They talk about the violence and fights that we have but what they fail to understand is that they will fight at whatever school you go to. Many people look for the bad things about that school and not so much the good.

  • (10 years ago)

    As a student at IHS I personally think that the school needs more discipline and better teachers. 98% of the teachers in that school go to school the same reason why 99% of the students do because they have to its their job. They need to crack down on the students more and do more teacher studys to see what the teachers are really teaching.

  • (10 years ago)

    As a former student at IHS I know firsthand how the school is run. While there are many teachers who are dedicated to the overall excellence of the students there are many there who do not care what goes on around them. Many of the teachers there are more concerned with teaching their views and opinions as opposed to facts. There is a lack of discipline and due to lack of concern respect for authority is many times obsolete.

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