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Welcome to the Guidance Department at Independence High School. The goal of our department is to guide and support students through their high school experiences, as well as assist students and families in planning for the future.

We get to know all students through classroom lessons and individual meetings throughout all four years that students are on campus at Independence High School. We pride ourselves in maintaining relationships even as students leave our campus and begin their life and career paths.

Never hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or if we can assist in any way.
Connie Aquilano, Counselor grades 9/11
Mary Dolejs, Counselor grades 10/12

​(216) 642-5875
CVCC programs are available tuition-free to high school students residing in the CVCC district, who are enrolled in a diploma-granting high school program.  This includes students enrolled in one of the associated public schools in the district, a home-schooling program, or a non-public school located within or outside of the district. Community school students, whether online or brick and mortar, may only enroll if the student resides within the CVCC district.
If you live in another district, you can attend CVCC on a tuition basis with your district’s permission. 
All applications from high school students must be submitted online through cvccworks.edu.  CVCC Applications 2018-2019
Common Application Essay Prompts
 We are pleased to share the 2017-2018 Common Application essay prompts with you. Click here for more details.
Curriculum Guide
The Independence High School Student Course Catalog/Curriculum Guide is prepared each year for student and parents use. This guide is designed for the purpose of setting up meaningful sequence of courses to accomplish future goals.
2018/2019 Curriculum Guide
Ohio Department of Education Graduation Options Available
Two additional graduation options available for the class of 2018 only. Students in the class of 2018 who entered grade 9 after July 1, 2014, are the first to earn diplomas under the new graduation requirements. In addition to satisfying the high school curriculum requirements, students in Ohio must meet one of three existing pathways to earn a high school diploma.
The Department expects that most students will meet one of the three existing pathways and districts should continue to work with students, as appropriate, to meet these requirements. However, the recent budget bill authorized two additional options only for students in the class of 2018 who entered grade 9 between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. These options provide an opportunity for those students who do not otherwise meet one of the three existing pathways to graduation to earn a diploma.
Junior Year Planning Guide
Junior Year Planning
Senior Year Planning Guide
Senior year planning
Suicide Prevention Hotline
Suicide prevention hotline open 24/7: Call 216-623-68888 or text FLS to 741741
Survival Guide IHS
High School can be a confusing time! There are so many decisions to make, so many new terms, so many things to try and remember. Click here for a "Survival Guide" explaining some of the important terms and information to keep in your tool box!
Chris Herren's Story of Inspiration

Anyone in need of an uplifting story, please take a minute to hear what Chris Herren has to say (see the link below). The mission of The Herren Project is to provide assistance in taking the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety, educational programs and resources to increase awareness on the signs of addiction and bring hope for a better tomorrow.

Chris's outreach efforts have moved individuals from all ages, walks of life and socio-economic conditions, out from behind the cloak of guilt, shame and denial, to the light of treatment. The Herren Project’s programs and initiatives are a direct response to the increasing number of young people across the United States that are experimenting, using and suffering from addiction to drugs and alcohol; or are at risk for such abuse. Together we can make a difference, celebrating life and supporting one another.


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Independence High School  |  6001 Archwood Road  |  Independence, OH 44131
P: (216) 642-5860  |  F: (216) 642-5886 | Hours: Mon-Fri 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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