Academic excellence stands first and foremost among the characteristics of an Independence education. Our passionate, experienced faculty inspires students to think for themselves and believe in their abilities. With a mission of developing students who possess an exceptional spirit for learning, leading and citizenship, we provide a purposeful focus on the necessary skills and qualities that will lead to achievement in future roles as students, employees, citizens and community members.
The sequential and spiraling curriculum provides a depth of knowledge across the core academic subject areas. Students remain engaged and motivated as they are placed with peers who are working at a similar level and pace in particular subject areas. Students who are ready and able to work above grade level are provided the opportunity, and on-grade level students are challenged, as well.Perhaps what sets Independence apart, however, is found beyond the course list. STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) experiences are presented at each grade level, with a particular emphasis on engineering. Character development, leadership education and public speaking are also essential aspects of the Independence experience, along with intentional opportunities and specific curriculum to teach and model our core values of respect, responsibility and integrity.
“We want our students to learn the meaning of hard work. But even more, we want them to learn what they are really capable of achieving.”
Kerri Kacmarcik, Middle School Math Teacher