Independence Local Schools News Article

IHS One of Top High Schools in Country

Independence High School ranks as one of the top high schools in the country, based on rankings from U.S. News & World Report.  The school is ranked #7 in Cleveland, #23 in Ohio and #712 nationally.  Nearly 18,000 schools were nationally ranked and 691 schools were ranked in Ohio.

Ranking factors included:

- College readiness (30%): percentage of seniors that took at least one Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam and the percentage who passed.

- College curriculum breadth (10%): percentage of seniors who took a “a wide variety” of AP and IB courses across multiple disciplines and those who passed.

- Math and reading proficiency (20%): how well students did on state reading and math assessments. 

- Math and reading performance (20%): how well students did on state reading and math assessments compared to what the publication predicted based on modeling.

- Graduation rate (10 percent): 2018 graduates. 

“I’m so proud of our students, staff, families and entire community.  While testing only provides a snapshot of academic success, it is exciting when those snapshots provide evidence to what we in the Independence Local Schools’ community know. So much of what happens at Independence High School is simply outstanding,” said Superintendent Ben Hegedish, Independence Local Schools.  “We hope to develop young men and women who can make a difference and live healthy and productive lives.”

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