Independence High School

Independence High School

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Welcome to Independence High School

Welcome to Independence High School, recognized in recent years by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, Washington Post, Gerber Analytics and The Daily Beast as a "Nationally Recognized School of Excellence," one of America's Most Challenging HIgh Schools and one of the top 100 high schools in Ohio!  With an average daily attendance of 354 students,  we have a low student to teacher ratio (1 to 13) making learning even more personalized for our students.
What is new this year to our high school?  
  • We created a new computer technology teaching positioning for the 2018-19 school year.
  • We continue to transition away from computer labs and integrate technology into the classroom environment.
  • We created the IHS STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) hallway to support crucial 21st century skills and learning.

Here are some other impressive facts about our students and building:

  • 160 AP tests were administered in 2018 vs. 37 tests in 2007
  • 11 students earned "AP Scholar" designiation for passing at least 3 exams
  • 7 students earned "AP Scholar with Honor" for passing at least 4 exams with an average score of 3.25
  • 5 students earned "AP Scholar with Distinction" for passing at least 5 exams with at least a 3.5 average 
  • 2 members of the Class of 2018 were recognized as "commended" students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation 
  • 80% of students participate in extracurricular activities. 
  • Independence High School has a state-of-the-art auditorium seating 1,154 with a professional-size stage and orchestra pit, making it one of the finest school-based performing arts venues in Ohio.   Our music, drama and arts program offers numerous opportunities for our students to shine.
  • There are numerous programs, clubs and activities to encourage healthy lifestyle choices and social-emotional support. 

Our athletics program is outstanding, too! 

  • State Champions: Girls Golf (2017) and Cross Country (2009 and 2010)
  • State Runners-up: Girls Golf (2016) and Cross Country (2011)
  • Final Four Teams: Volleyball (2017) Baseball (2010)
  • 35 Conference Team Championships over the past 10 years
  • 25+ All Ohio athletes over the past 10 years 

If you have any questions about Independence High School or would like a personal tour, don't hesitate to email or call Mr. Bill McGuinness, our principal, at (216) 642-5860, ext. 1200.  
Be sure to check back often for the latest news below . . .

PTO Membership

Welcome Independence Families!  Now is the time to join IHS PTO for the 2019-20 school year.  Let’s all work together to make this a successful school year for our students.  Download membership form here pdf.  Download rtf

Online Forms/EMAs are open for the 2019-20 School Year

On July 31, 2019 Independence Local Schools Online Forms (OneView) will be open for you to update medical information and contacts for each child attending our district.  This information must be completed in order for your child to participate in sports/extracurriculars, attend field trips, and participate in regular school activities.  

When you log into your account, the system will rollover the majority of information that you completed last year.  While information will be in the system, please take a moment to review the information for accuracy.  

*Accurate  information is vital for communication and safety.  

Below is  a link to the OneView Portal.  If you have forgotten or misplaced your login information, there is a link “Lost Password” to retrieve that information.

OneView Portal:

We are looking forward to an exciting 2019-20 school year.  There are many exciting initiatives in each building designed to continually improve the education we offer the community.  We appreciate your support.

Professional Volunteer Opportunity

Independence High School would like the opportunity to partner with parents, community members, local businesses, grandparents, family members and friends to provide real life opportunities to our Junior and Senior class students. We are looking for professionals for help with our mock interview day as well as Junior and Senior Job Shadow site observations. Additionally, we are seeking career speakers to come in and present to our students about their career field. Please click the following link for more information and to get involved in your school community:
If you signed up online last year no need to complete the form again.
Independence High seeks Professionals for Volunteer Opportunities

Safe School Helpline and Suicide Prevention

Safe School Helpline
800-1-VOICE Ext.359
800-418-6432 Ext.359
Text 66746 Then Type Tips
Suicide Prevention
Text "4Hope" to 741741
If you are in crisis and in need of immediate help:
Suicide Crisis Prevention Coalition
Learn About Teen Drug Use

2019/2020 Back To School Packet

Packet Pick-Up:
Thursday 8/22/19  9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m. 
Friday 8/23/19 12:00p.m. - 2:00p.m.
The Back To School Packet will be continually upadate throughout the summer
Back To School pdf format
Back To School rtf format
Calendar Aug-June Important Dates rtf
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