School Details

Independence High School

6001 Archwood Rd, Independence, OH 44131
(216) 642-5860

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 440 students 14 students/teacher (OH avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade


Ohio Graduation Test (OGT)

In 2010-2011 Ohio used the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The OGT is a high school graduation requirement. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Independence Local School District average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Independence High School is a public high school in Independence. The principal of Independence High School is William P. McGuinness, whose e-mail is 440 students attend Independence High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 9% of the 440 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 10% have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Independence High School is 14:1. Cuyahoga Valley Career Center is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 95% 95%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Asian 2% 1%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.2% 0.4%
Hispanic 0.2% 0.2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10% 11%
Economically disadvantaged 9% 8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    Profanity and sexuality in hallways is a problem at EVERY school much worse at others even in the area. Diversity is not always racial difference in opinion and learning levels offers great diversity in the classroom. The school offers spanish and mandarin (two languages). French was cut due to lack of interest. Acceptance was not an issue and drugs are a problem at EVERY school. Independence is better than most private schools on that issue. As a student who graduated from this school in the summer I can say that the past comment must've been a one time walkthrough. You can not make an analysis on a school by walking down the hallways once.

  • (5 years ago)

    I was very unhappy with this school. As i walk down the hall t here is a great amount of profanity and sexuality in the hallways. There is a complete lack of diversity. There are not a wide range of classes to choose from and only one foreign language. This sets your child up for a disadvantage. The kids are not very friendly or accepting and there is a major drug problem in the school that needs to be addressed i would not suggest sending your child to this horrible educational enviroment.

  • (7 years ago)

    it is a good school the kids are very excepting very small classes but hardly any diversity

  • (10 years ago)

    Independence schools are rated Excellent for completely valid reasons - Excellent people teaching hard working kids with involved and caring parents - THE magic equation for academic success! Considering the districts very small size makes this accomplishment even more amazing. It's therefore REALLY unfortunate that some of the wealthiest people in our small town have chosen to unilaterally undermine our premier educators and adminstrators valiant efforts by leading the charge against the recent levy issues. I find this a sad and pathetic testimony to the selfish and pathetic agendas of a few nut job 'townies' that fancy themselves some kind of 'town bosses' in pursuit of power some kind of sick prestige as tough financial guys or just to draw attention to their pathetic selves - regardless of their efforts - we've still got the magic and even their underhanded efforts can't change that.

  • (11 years ago)

    I am a recent graduate of Independence High School and my only complaint lies in factors that can only be determined by school size. For example a wider range of clubs languages and honors/AP classes would have benefitted my time at IHS greatly. However because the school is so small these extra options are simply not practical or able to come into existence. Perhaps with the building of the new school and the eagerness of the younger staff these extra options may soon become a reality. Aside from this my time at IHS was enjoyable and I feel as though I was provided with an education that has prepared me for my college years.

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