The Independence School, founded in 1978, is an independent, co-educational day school that welcomes students age 3 through Grade 8. We are located in the Pike Creek Valley area.
Mission Statement: The Independence School inspires students to become independent, intellectually curious individuals who possess an exceptional spirit for learning, leadership and citizenship.
Core Values: Independence’s foundation stands on the values of Respect, Responsibility and Integrity.
Enrollment and Class Size: Our diverse population of approximately 500 students comes from Newark, Pike Creek, Hockessin, Wilmington, North Wilmington and neighboring areas of Pennsylvania and Maryland. Class sizes range from 12-18 per class in Early Childhood to 18-22 per class in Kindergarten through 8.
Curriculum: Sequential academic curriculum includes an emphasis on the communication arts (spelling, reading, writing, grammar, public speaking), science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), history, geography, world language, economics and study skills (Learning Applications - LeApps™). Sixth- through eighth-grade students participate in a unique Character Development Program with an emphasis on citizenship and leadership. Achievement grouping provides the appropriate pacing for varying skill levels. Through varied instruction and an increasingly learner-centered approach, including project-based learning and collaborative work, students learn to think critically, approach problems creatively and work with others.
Co-curricular: Instrumental and vocal music lessons, art, physical education, health, technology instruction and athletics (all included in tuition).
Clubs and Activities: Student Government Association, INDY Student Ambassadors, Science Olympiad, Odyssey of the Mind, Academic Quiz Bowl, Math League, MathCounts, Drama Club, yearbook, chorus, band, orchestra, Art Club, FIRST LEGO League, Solomon Scholars, Young Entrepreneurs Club and others. Click here for more information.
Athletics: Interscholastic sports for 7th and 8th grade -- Co-ed Cross Country, Field Hockey, Boys' Soccer and Girls' Volleyball in the fall. Boys' & Girls' Basketball, Wrestling and Co-ed Indoor Track in the winter. Baseball, Boys' & Girls' Lacrosse, Girls' Soccer and Tennis in the spring. Intramural sports for fifth- and sixth-grade students.
Campus, Facilities, Technology: 130,000-square-foot building on 90 acres, including wetlands and an outdoor conservancy area for science and nature exploration. Five athletic fields, six tennis courts, a track, baseball diamond and age-appropriate playgrounds. Facilities include a 900-seat auditorium, performing arts center, full-size gymnasium, library, science labs, technology classroom, Innovation Station STEM lab, art rooms and gallery. Interactive classroom white boards (Smartboards and Activboards) exist in each division. Laptops, iPads and MacBooks are used in certain grades/subjects. A "Bring Your Own Device" program exists for students in fifth through eighth grade.
Faculty: 40 full-time and 10 part-time experienced and dedicated faculty members.
School Hours, Extended Day and Summer Program: The school day runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with clubs, enrichment activities and athletics meeting after school. Flexible before and after-school Extended Day is available on campus 12 months a year from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Summer at Independence is open to students age 3 through rising grade 8 and features a wide array of offerings.
Accreditation: Middle States Association. The MSA Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools announced in October 2014 that Independence earned re-accreditation, the gold standard for measuring and evaluating school performance. Independence first received MSA accreditation in 1996.
Memberships: National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Delaware Association of Independent Schools (DAIS), Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS), Independent School Teachers' Association of Greater Philadelphia, Associate Member of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA), Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Educational Research Bureau (ERB), Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP), National Business Officers Association (NBOA).
International Students: Independence is recognized by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) as a SEVIS-approved school with the ability to issue I-20 Forms. A Form I-20 from Independence will allow students to obtain a U.S. F-1 Student Visa. We are able to accept international students who are proficient in English, meet the academic requirements for admission and provide the school with a bank-verified financial statement.