The Independence School, an independent co-educational day school welcoming students age 3 through eighth grade, was founded in 1978 by parents seeking a challenging education that would be strong in the academic areas, arts, foreign languages and athletics. At that time, the school was located in a shopping center in Newark, Del.
The first school year was extremely successful, and standardized achievement test scores documented great improvements in student skills. The first graduating class consisted of 19 students.
Growth was significant, and the school purchased 16 acres of land on
Today, the school occupies a 90-acre campus in the Pike Creek Valley (near Hockessin, Newark, and Wilmington, Del.; Cecil County, Maryland; and Southeastern Chester County, Pennsylvania) and features a 900-seat auditorium, a library/media center, a range of classroom technology, acoustically designed music rooms, science laboratories, a full-size gymnasium, multi-purpose rooms, meeting spaces, art rooms and a gallery.
Independence today at its Paper Mill Road location