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Age 3 through 8th grade


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.

school building in winter 1983

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 Paper Mill Road in January of 1980. During the early '80s, the school's programs in athletics and the arts expanded, and our graduates were demonstrating the success of our program by their superior academic performances in many private and public schools throughout the county. New facilities were constructed on the current Paper Mill Road location in 1983. The Early Childhood program and Extended Day were added in 1987, housed in a new building on campus. In the mid-1990s, additional facilities were added, including a full-size gymnasium and expanded middle school classrooms and gathering spaces.

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.

school location today
Independence today at its Paper Mill Road location