School Details

Independence High

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

(out of 10)

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

Test Scores by grade


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
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About this school

Independence High is a public high school. The principal of Independence High is Amy Dellinger, whose e-mail is 2,153 students go to Independence High and identify as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 57% of the 2,153 students here get reduced lunch prices. 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

  • (10 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.

  • (5 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

  • (6 years ago)

    High school can certainly be difficult to navigate. The IS/AIS program at BIG I has been a wonderful learning experience for my guys (3 of them!). It has created community challenged their thinking on a global level and provided opportunities that only a small environment (300+ students in a sea of 3100+) can provide. I highly recommend you check it out for yourself!

  • (6 years ago)

    I think that the Big I rocks! My son attends Indpendence and he has obtained an outstanding education. The school offers a safe place to learn great teachers and a wonderful administrative staff.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter attended Big I and it was a terrific school- great administration teachers extracurricular activities sports program ( go Patriots!)- She had so many opportunities at the school and it opened the doors for her to travel overseas receive a college scholarship compete in national competitions. She is now a caring well-educated young woman who is giving back to the community in her career. I am proud of her and the role Indy played in her upbringing. I was a working but involved parent. Take part in groups like the school leadership team as a parent if you have questions or concerns and you will learn more about the school and how hard they work to help their kids- I know Mrs. Bartles and Dr. Hinson both worked extremely hard to help all the kids at Big I. Some schools don't do that.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have had personal involvement within Independence High School and I find it to be mismanaged and unorganized leaving the students in a state of confusion. Administration deals with minor behavior issues through suspension which most students go to school and just hang out so it doesn't work. The principal gives daily speeches that the students ignore and then she disappears. I have a child that will not go there next year because of my inside involvement with the school. If I have to home school I will so that my child would not attend that school. The principal does not believe in the students but she talks a good game by pretending to care.

  • (8 years ago)

    What a difference a year makes! The new administration at IHS has worked really hard to help this school. The teachers are working harder and the students are too. Sure the school has issues but at least the school is aware and reports the issues unlike other schools. When my daughter needed help she felt very comfortable talking with one of the female administrators who was so kind and nuturing. My youngest child will enter the BIG I this fall. He can't wait!

  • (9 years ago)

    Independence is not only the state champion in football they are the champions of education. Under the new leadership of Nancy Bartles the school has done an amazing turnaround. I am so proud to be affiliated with the best school in CMS. If you talk to the parents staff and/or students you will hear the same thing....IHS has improved tremendously and students love going to school. The teachers are awesome! We just need more parent involvement. I think IHS is the best kept secret in CMS!

  • (9 years ago)

    I graduated from Independence in 2001. I'm not certain what's happened to the school since I left but I do know several of the most passionate dedicated teachers I've ever known are still teaching there. Every school goes through cycles of problems. If you'll recall the gang violence that erupted at Butler when it opened had many people questioning how long it would remain open! The only thing Independence needs is a little TLC from CMS and possibly a fresh perspective from a new principal. My education there afforded me many opportunities both in high school and after I left. When I was there it was perfectly safe. The only thing that puts students in jeopardy is their own ridiculous behavior. When a parent says that the majority of students at their child's school do not perform to expectations what does that say about the parent?

  • (9 years ago)

    I am currently a rising senior @ Independence and i have attended it for the past 3 years. I would never go anywhere else. Sure it has its problems but so does EVERY high school; drugs violence bad teachers...all of these things are present in every other high school in America whether they be private or not. Dr. Hinson was a great influence upon this school sure he liked football but he knew everyone and said hello to you every morning when he saw you. There are over 600 students in my class alone and i don't even know half of them but he did he knew every one of us all 2200 students at HIS school. You can complain about Independence all you want but you aren't going to find a staff or student body anywhere that has more spirit and cares more about their school. -Heather Parnham

  • (9 years ago)

    This is not a school to send your child to when selecting a high school. I think Independence is an unsafe environment for any student. The staff seems more concern with getting out at 3 00 than caring for the students. There are a few good teachers but majority I feel are incompetent. They lack the ability to control their classroom and teach in a manner to stimulate learning. I think part of the problem is the administration at the school and of course the leadership at the superintendent office.

  • (9 years ago)

    I'm glad to find out there are others here who have had the same bad experience as our family did. The comment about the Pickering's is correct; also the comment about teacher favoritism dumbing down of cirriculum disciplinary problems --all accurate. I had to take my child out of that school! I have a rising 8th grader and I as well as other families at our middle school want to know how we can avoid Independence? If she can't go to Butler --private school here we come.

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