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About This School

Independence High School is a public high school in San Jose. The principal of Independence High School is Grettel Castro-Stanley. 3,644 students go to Independence High School and are mostly Asian; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 20% of the Independence High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 38% of the 3,644 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Independence High School is 19:1. Pegasus High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Cantonese
    • French
    • German
    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 57% 27%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 4%
Hispanic 35% 48%
White, non-Hispanic 3% 10%
Filipino 20% 9%
Pacific Islander 0.9% 0.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 26450%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3%
Multiracial 0.3% %
Unspecified 0.2% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38% 31%
Limited English proficiency 20% 22%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    I was nervous at first about coming to this school. But as long as you don't get involved with the wrong people you'll do well. I'm a Sophomore now and so far about 35% of my teachers are great 50% are normal and 15% are bad. So there's a pretty good chance of getting good teachers. Even if you have a bad teacher you can go to other teachers or the tutoring center for help. (For example my English 2A teacher this year is bad so I have my former English 1A teacher to help me revise my essay.) Overall most teachers are nice and helpful staying at lunch and after school to help students who don't understand the material. The thing I love the most about this school are the extracurricular activities. There are a lot of choices and the orchestra is especially great because there are so many people! (I'm not in orchestra but my sibling is.) This school is also nice because it has German as a language choice and both of the German teachers are GREAT. It just bothers me that there are some scary-looking guys in my history and biology classes because the classes aren't AP but whatever. I am pretty satisfied being in this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is awesome because when you don't understand or misunderstand something you could always asks teachers to assistance you to became understanding the problems and you will know that once you get it would be a piece of a cake of any subjects.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a parent of 2 kids in IHS. My kids are doing well in school. one is in Sophomore and one is in Junior. I was nervous when sending my kids to this school due to negative reputation but now 3rd years with this school my kid are doing well and happy wtih friends and the teachers.

  • (2 years ago)

    Independence is a great school. My son graduated in 2010 and is an UCSD sophomore. Most of his friends got in UC. Actually no matter which school you attend if you study hard dream will come true.

  • (3 years ago)

    I graduated from IHS. Now I'm going to San Jose State University for Engineering (B.S.). This high school has a large campus and the second biggest campus of high school in USA. Teachers are really friendly and good security with police on campus.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a graduating this year from Indepedence and am going to UCSD this fall. I have to disagree many of the reviews. Independence does not have lower academic standards and if the student feels that the classes are not challenging enough there are classes called 'AP' classes. As for the rumors about the school being violent and agressive every school has bad students; I have seen two fights this year and both were broken up almost immediately by security. independence simply has a higher population and with this all of our activities are done on a much larger scale than other schools. However the budget cuts have hit the school extremely hard this year and many teachers and advisors are being cut. The next few years will be hard for many students and teachers in the East Side Union High School District.

  • (4 years ago)

    My 1rst child who had graduated from Piedmont HS (2006) continued to do well in UC Santa Cruz ( now senior ). My 2nd child graduated from Independence HS ( 2008) and continued to do well too at UCBerkely(now sophomore). I had been reluctant to send my 2nd child to Independence HS because of all the negative rumors but my child has turned out to be fine . He had witnessed fights twice during his 4 years at Independence HS and learnt how to avoid it. At Berkeley He had been approached by a homeless twice and managed to get out of the situation safely. He had witnessed violence at the Bart on the way home from Berkely and still remaint fine. He's managed to adjust himself to the large and diverse campus at UCB partly because he 'd been used to the large size and diverse ethnic groups at Independence HS.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school's low academic standards fool students into thinking they're doing well eventhough they're not. Drugs gangs violence are a regular part of this school but the admin. likes to keep that undisclosed. If a student is failing they send him off to one of the alternative schools or to an adult school so that he or she won't show up in their statistics as a failure. Don't trust the student evaluations--they go by how much 'fun' they can have not by how much they actually learn. As an employer I've found I can't rely on the grades students get at Independence; they are meaningless.

  • (4 years ago)

    I belive that this school is a violent and agressive school. With all the fights and everything.Its a very i would never reccomend this school ever. Thatswhy i am transfering my daughter to piedmont high school

  • (4 years ago)

    IHS is not the typical high school that you would see on TV. Everyone is able to get along without having upperclassmen pick on lowerclassmen. In fact our Link Crew Program encourages the opposite. The upperclassmen help the freshmen transition to high school in a nice environment and friendly atmosphere. We are also very diverse and offer a large variety of clubs. It's hard not to find a club you like!

  • (4 years ago)

    i love independence cause we have hecka clubs and we have a club day! theres also this thing called link crew in out school and they help the fresmen out 1-2 time a month!they go out of ther classes just to help lead the freshmen around!hecka nice! plus we put a lot of effort in our school to make sure that the student sre having fun at school about learning and having a good time!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Extensive programs good teachers lotsa students. This school is HUGE and that's what we love about it!

  • (4 years ago)

    IHS has served me well these past 2 years! The staff are great and the students are chill!

  • (4 years ago)

    Independence High School is one of the biggest and most diverse schools that you will ever go to. The students and teachers are both very nice and there is a lot for everyone to do!

  • (4 years ago)

    The school is very big the facility is AWESOME. Most of the people are very friendly great teachers and the sports team are very fun to be apart of and we have a great gym. There is a lot of diversity at our school. )

  • (4 years ago)

    Indy is one of the best schools ever. Nice campus good teachers and very diverse. I love this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a former Sixer I can tell you that this school has some of the best teachers and a lovely campus. The students are nice and the staff helpful. Go Indy!

  • (4 years ago)

    Independence is the best! It offers many classes and is althogether not as bad as everyone else thinks.

  • (4 years ago)

    I think Independence has become a very decent school in the past years and only show signs of improving. Good Job.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is the best ! It's name really suites the spirit and student body ! We are independent but can stand alone. It's a huge school but we are all united (=

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