School Details

Independence High

1967 Patriot Drive, Charlotte, NC 28227
(980) 343-6900
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2153 students 14 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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End of Class Tests (EOC)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English I, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Independence High is a public high school. The principal of Independence High is Amy Dellinger, whose e-mail is p426@cms.k12.nc.us. 2,153 children attend Independence High and identify mostly as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 57% of the 2,153 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Independence High is 14:1. Queens Grant Community School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 6% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 37% 32%
Black, non-Hispanic 34% 42%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 5%
Hispanic 21% 18%
Multiracial 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57% 57%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    I have been going here for 2 years now since moving from upstate New York. I really like all the kids I have met and felt very welcomed. In new york I thought the teachers were ok but didn't feel like they really cared. At Indy I love my Spanish teacher and Math teacher the most and frequently stay after for additional tutoring. That helps me really understand everything better and do better on tests. Im in 9th grade and am excited to play JV sports and go to all the games for all the different sports. I play volleyball and its so much fun and I am learning alot! Go Indy!

  • (6 months ago)

    I am was new to this school this year and I am so happy to be part of this wonderful school. It has helped me out with my big move down to the south!

  • (6 months ago)

    Independence is a fabulous school. The academics are strong offering multiple programs like AIS and Academy of Engineering advanced placement and honors courses. Career ready courses are expanding every semester. I feel the administration is hands on and relates to both students and parents. Communication through calling posts and emails are regular. Teachers are involved in after school activities and show they are genuinely there for the education of their students. We are blessed to have the Big I in Mint Hill!

  • (7 months ago)

    This school rocks...so impressed with all the new programs and how well the students are excelling in a wonderful environment. Keep up the great work. Joan Barnes

  • (7 months ago)

    Good school and I love the teachers and good football game on Thursday and Friday night

  • (8 months ago)

    Great school! My oldest son graduated in 2005 and my youngest son will graduate in 2015. I have always been greatly satisfied with teachers and advanced placement classes. My oldest son was really prepared when he went off to college.

  • (8 months ago)

    My son attended Butler for 2 years and then was re-assigned to Independence. What a blessing. It is an awesome school with well rounded programs and academic offerings. My daughter currently is a senior and we have had a great 3 years at Indy both in academics and athletics. We love Independence and will miss it next year when she moves to the university of her choice.

  • (8 months ago)

    Independence is a great comprehensive high school that meets or exceeds growth each year. The principal and staff have a clear vision and work hard to meet the needs of each student.

  • (8 months ago)

    We love Indy and believe that the small town feel of our community reaches into our school. Our son had a successful freshman year and is looking forward to sophomore year.

  • (8 months ago)

    Indy is a great school with great teachers! We have been so happy at the school.

  • (12 months ago)

    Independence High School is a work in progress. The Principle is very capable and has made significant strides in improving the school from top to bottom. I expect to see the GreatSchools Rating rising steadily.

  • (1 year ago)

    I currently attend this school and it is horrible. They have told us the school is not only infested with bugs but also MICE. Many teachers don't care about if the students understand the information being taught. The administration has always been rude to me personally. The environment does not feel safe because there are so many rough kids. Overall independence is NOT a good school.

  • (3 years ago)

    I graduated from The Big I way back in 1970. It is a wonderful school and always has been. Times change and students in Charlotte-Meck sometimes have to travel a long way to school. This is a very diverse student body. There are a lot of teachers there who graduated from Independence and that should speak volumes As times change everyone has to adjust. Overcrowding occurs and new schools are built. Sometimes that splits up friends but Independence has always seemed to come out at or near the top. The football team is coming back. They were undefeathed for many years (7 to be exact) and both of my children went there. I am glad to say we are alumnus of The Big I.

  • (4 years ago)

    this is a horrible school i went there and I'm happy that I'm leaving there and getting transfered. every time you call the school they will always transfer you to a voice mail as if the people in the front office don't know a thing. like they can't even answer the simplest questions. also when you leave a message you hardly ever get a call back. independence has brought too many many bad things to me and it was only my first year there.

  • (5 years ago)

    This School Is A Great School The Principle Is great. The teachers are great and the Safety of this Is school I great to I recommend It for parents who wanna enroll there kids In a high school

  • (5 years ago)

    I go to independence high school and this is my last year in high school! i have been going to independence since i was in the 9th grade and i loooovvvve this school! the teachers taught me so much that i have never knew! the best teachers at independence i think personally are mrs. lipp mr. starnes ms. lee ms. currence ms. apsega ms. frank ms. noto and ms. davis even though she isnt teaching anymore! but other than that it is a great school and a safe one!!

  • (5 years ago)

    As a member of Independence Student Council I would say that this is a really grest school. We have our problems just as any school has. The student- body is really active in the community and has a lot of school- sprit. We currently have an over populated student body. However by next year a new school will be compleated and more students will leave our general population. A school that typicly revoled around our great football team is now trying to become more active in other extracuricular activites. Overall Independence is a great diverse school and I'm proud to be a Patirot!

  • (5 years ago)

    Not only did I graduate from Independence I cam back to teach there. The reputation of Independence has always been one of mediocre achievement...that is we've always been in the middle of the pack for test scores etc. That is all changing. Four years ago they added the Academy of International Studies which is associated with The Asia Society and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. And last year our math scores (geometry) were second in the county (only behind Myers Park). There are fierce rivalries with nearby schools. They are mostly healthy but some of the rhetoric against Indy is fueled by the fact the our students are as affluence as nearby high schools...and we had an undefeated football team for 7 years straight. This is a great school staffed by some of the most talented and caring teachers you will ever find. Many teachers are alumni of Independence...that speaks volumes.

  • (6 years ago)

    I attend Independence high this school year 08-09 And this school is great i just moved up here from miami fl and i heard that this school was a very bad school but i guess i was hearing the wrong information i loveee this school!!

  • (6 years ago)

    I went there in 2005-2008 and I generally had a good time when I went there some of the teacher are a pain but for the most part they are okay the students at the school can be a pain too but that's a small majority overall i like the school

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