School Details

Independence High School

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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  • San Francisco Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Francisco Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Independence High School is a public high school in San Francisco. The principal of Independence High School is Jennie Chin-Low and can be contacted at chin-lowj@sfusd.edu. 368 students attend Independence High School and identify mostly as Filipino, Hispanic, and Unspecified. 20% of the Independence High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 52% of the 368 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Independence High School is 26:1. St. Ignatius College Preparatory School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Filipino 7% 6%
Hispanic 40% 23%
Unspecified 3% 5%
Multiracial 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 23% 12%
Asian 19% 41%
White, non-Hispanic 12% 11%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 56447%
Pacific Islander 0.9% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52% 56%
Limited English proficiency 20% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    I was on a comittee reviewing all types of schools in SF. San Francisco Public School District is great at coming up with and offering 'altervative schools' for kids having trouble in regular high schools. Independence is just one of these amazing schools offering smaller class sizes and more personal attention when needed. Kudos to Independence High School!!

  • (5 years ago)

    This is the best school ever. The kids are taught to manage their own time hone and harness their talents able to work part time and focus their lifelong goals in life. The special ed. personnels are terrific and I will recommend this school to everyone

  • (6 years ago)

    best decision ever my daughter attended a all girls high school in sf which I thought would further her future i was wrong there was a huge lack of positive reinforcement for her. After attending independance my daughter has improved all of her grades studies hard works part time and is a much happier person. I learned a lesson thinking private schools in sf were better for kids than public ones. It just isnt true!

  • (6 years ago)

    I think its a good school. I do work at my convenience at a very flexible due date. I'd prefer this to my kids if this is the path they chose. They're really no downs about this school other then the social life. Friends are usually made off campus.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have a son who was in a main stream public school before we decided to switch him into independance. The switch was made due to substance abuse problems and a bad rap academically in his previous school. I had my doubts however because of Independances non traditional learning style and the fact he was never a 'self starter'. Everything worked out though as the staff was more than outstanding on transforming him into a better person and the extra time allowed him not only to work out all his personal problems but to also train himself into having better time management skills that will serve him forever. In retrospect an invaluable decision.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter was having a difficult time in her regular public school. It was due to some personal problems not so much the school. She went from an A-B student to failing in a year. It would be almost impossible for her to catch up and be able to graduate. I made the decision to transfer her to Independence High School. I had concerns since she has to manage her time well to keep up with her work. She is doing great and has brought her grades back up to A/B's again. She will be probably be able to graduate early. For us it was a great decision.

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