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
Keep  Your Teen Safe 


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 -  Class of 2023 and 2025
Kyle Kovach, Counselor -  Class of 2024 and 2026

(216) 642-5875

Online Scheduling Packet

Directions for online scheduling

CVCC Enrollment Application

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.
Download application here  CVCC Applications

2021-2022 Course Catalog

Class of 2024 Orientation

Class of 2024 Orientation (PDF)

Extra Curricular Activities

Extra Curricular Activities.pdf

Drug Free Clubs of America

Drug Free Clubs of America is new to IHS! This is a FREE NO COST opt-in rewards based program for those interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and making good choices.
This program offers incentives to students, who agree to be randomly drug tested up to 5 times per school year. When you remain drug free, you will be eligible for free ice cream at lunch, free cookies, special raffles that may include tickets to professional sporting events, reserved IHS parking spaces, discounts at restaurants, and oh, so much more!

We are looking for student leaders to help us with this program! If you are interested in working with staff to choose prizes and such, please see Mr. Wells or Mrs. Dolejs. For an application for DFCA, stop in the main office!

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.

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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