Location: Paso Robles, CA
Are you a student or parent at Independence High School? Want to understand how to get the most out of high school?
We've written the best guide to Independence High available. Here we'll cover:
- Breakdowns of student ethnicity, gender, and family income
- How safe Independence High is to attend
- SAT/ACT/AP scores earned by Independence High students
- Which AP/IB classes you can take at Independence High
- Every sports team you can join at Independence High
Let's get started!
Independence High School is a public school, supporting grades 9 to 12 . It's located in Paso Robles, CA in San Luis Obispo County.
Based on its location, Independence High is classified as a school in a small city. Here's the location on a map:
Independence High SchoolPo Box 7010 Paso Robles, CA 93446-4858
Phone number: 8057691620
Independence High School homepage: http://www.pasoschools.org/education/school/school.php?sectionid=405
Principal: Nate MaasEmail the principal: [email protected]
The total enrollment at Independence High School is 118 students, making it a somewhat small high school, in the bottom half of all California high schools by size.
As a smaller-sized high school, Independence High will feel like a cozy learning environment. With fewer than 100 students in your class, you'll likely get to know most other students and your teachers well. This will give you the feeling of a small liberal arts college.
But with a smaller student body, you won't have as many activities and clubs to choose from. If you find Independence High lacking for your interests, consider looking to your local community to supplement your interests.
Growth in Student Body Size
Is Independence High School growing or shrinking? This will help you see trends in where the school is headed.
From our calculations, the enrollment at Independence High has steadily decreased over the past few years. We calculate this by comparing enrollment in grades 9 to 12.
|Male Students||Female Students||All Students|
As you can see in the table above, the senior class is 32 students larger than the freshman class. This suggests that Independence High is shrinking in size and taking on fewer students.
There are a few reasons this can happen. The population of Paso Robles could be decreasing, thus sending fewer students into Independence High. Alternatively, other schools (like charter or private schools) might be appearing, drawing students away.
Are there more boys or girls at Independence High School?
From our statistics, Independence High has a 35:65 split between male and female students in the high school grades.
There is a large female majority at Independence High, and the imbalance is greater than you would expect from the general population in San Luis Obispo County. As a result, it'll feel like there are a lot more girls than boys in your classes.
Sometimes this imbalance can result from random chance and may not suggest anything about Independence High. In other cases, the school might preferentially select for females (if it has its own admissions criteria), or parents with female kids might prefer to send them to Independence High. In yet other cases, other neighboring schools might attract male students, drawing them away from Independence High.
If this gender imbalance is a concern for you, we suggest contacting Independence High administration and asking if they have any thoughts about why there's a female majority. Their phone number is 8057691620.
What's the racial diversity at Independence High School? Does one ethnicity make up most of the student body, or is it fairly balanced?
From our statistics, Independence High has a somewhat homogenous student body, with the majority of students identifying as one ethnicity, but not representing over 70% of the student body. Most schools in California fit this profile, so Independence High isn't out of the ordinary. Most students attending class with you will be of the predominant ethnicity, but there will be meaningful diversity from other races.
The majority of students at Independence High are white. In California, white students make up 26.3% of all California students, and are the second most common ethnicity after Hispanic students. Thus Independence High is one of hundreds of schools in the state that have a majority of white students.
|American Indian/Alaska Native||1.6%||2|
|Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander||0.0%||0|
|Two or more races||1.6%||2|
High schools usually reflect the population in the surrounding area, so the ethnicities of students likely resembles those of Paso Robles. If you'd like to see how other nearby schools look in diversity, just google "[name of school] prepscholar" to find our guide to that specific school.
Income Level of Independence High Families
What are the family incomes of students at Independence High School? To determine this, we look at the number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunches, a classification by the US federal government.
To qualify for a reduced price meal, family income needs to be below 185% of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of 4, this means an income of around $45,000 or below.
To qualify for a free meal, family income needs to be below 130% of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of 4, this means an income of around $32,000 or below.
The lower the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced price meals, the higher the income levels are likely to be.
At Independence High, 5.0% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 32.2% qualify for free lunches.
This means Independence High has a low poverty level. The overwhelming majority of students at Independence High don't qualify for free or reduced price lunches. Paso Robles is thus likely to be an affluent community, with quite high family incomes.
|Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches||74||62.7%|
As with ethnicity, this likely reflects the surrounding community in Paso Robles and doesn't speak much about the school itself.
Because Independence High is in the top quartile of schools by family income, it's likely to be well-funded relative to other high schools in California. This means you'll likely have access to advanced coursework like AP/IB classes and better-funded extracurriculars and sports.
It's still up to you, though, to take advantage of the resources Independence High has to offer. If you work hard and spend your time effectively, you'll likely be well positioned to succeed in college and beyond.
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How safe is Independence High School to attend? Can you expect a lot of conflict as a student here?
To study this, we look at disciplinary data for two types of incidents at Independence High: referrals to law enforcement (when incidents are reported to police), and arrests.
These are the most serious disciplinary actions available to school administration and are more severe than suspensions or expulsions. Suspensions are often discretionary and can be given just for being disruptive in class. In contrast, law enforcement referrals and arrests often indicate incidents that put the safety of other Independence High students at risk.
In the school year of 2011-2012, there were 251 referrals to law enforcement (167 male, 84 female), and 4 school-related arrests (0 males, 4 females). This is out of a total enrollment of 3271 students.
To put this into perspective, most California schools (59% of them) reported 0 law enforcement referrals and arrests.
This means that 7.7 Independence High has major safety issues. For every 100 students, there were 7.7 law-enforcement related actions. This is a very high number that puts Independence High in the top 10% of schools with disciplinary actions.
With this record, is Independence High School significantly different from other schools in the area? It could be that Independence High has an especially bad record, or it could be that the local area shows a pattern.
Compare this school with other high schools in the same school district, using the following table:
Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Safety
|School Name||Total Referred||Total Arrests||Enrollment|
|Paso Robles High||2||0||2015|
|Liberty High (continuation)||2||0||127|
Now we get to a major aspect of assessing a high school: academic performance. How good of an education will you get at Independence High School? Will you be competitive for college? Will you have access to advanced classes?
We've compiled everything we could find about Independence High's academics here.
Next, we'll look at another major piece of high school academics: standardized testing performance for Independence High School students. These are tests that are administered to large populations of students for comparison purposes.
As of 2014, eleventh graders attending Independence High School must take standardized tests in English/Language Arts and Math as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These align with the new Common Core standards and are called the "Smarter Balanced" tests.
If Independence High students meet or exceed state standards, they're academically prepared to graduate high school and go to college. Specifically, we care about the percentage of students who meet or exceed state standards. The larger this number, the higher the preparation of students at Independence High.
At Independence High School, 59% of students meet or exceed state standards in English/Language Arts.
This is considered above average and puts Independence High in the top 50% of all high schools in California for English/Language Arts. Around half of Independence High students pass state standards, and around half do not.
This specific percentage isn't much cause for concern - because the standards have gotten harder with the Common Core, the pass rate at Independence High will likely rise over time. But it still reflects Independence High's roughly average ranking among California high schools.
English/Language Arts Test Results (2015)
Read more about what’s measured in each ELA area score here.
The other major test taken for state assessments is Math. Across the state, Math performance is generally lower than English/Language Arts performance, so it's natural for this number to be lower.
At Independence High School, 17% of students meet or exceed state standards in Math. This is considered well below average and puts Independence High in the bottom 25% of all high schools in California. The vast majority of Independence High students don't meet state standards, and only a small percentage pass.
Math Test Results (2015)
Read more about what’s measured in each Math area score, go here.
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The data on this page is drawn from a variety of sources, including (but not limited to):
- National Center for Educational Statistics CCD 2013-2014
- "Free or reduced price lunch: A proxy for poverty?", NCES Blog
- CRDC 2011-2012 school year data
- California Department of Education SAT, ACT, and AP Test Results
- California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System Results