Independence High

Summary:

Independence High is a public high school in Bakersfield, California, serving 2,394 students in grades 9-12. The school is part of the Kern High School District, which is ranked 850 out of 1,560 districts in the state and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Independence High stands out for its strong academic performance, outpacing the Kern High District and the state of California in English Language Arts/Literacy and Science proficiency for 11th graders. The school also boasts consistently high four-year graduation rates, ranging from 94.0% to 95.2% over the past five years, and relatively low dropout rates. However, the school faces challenges in addressing racial disparities in academic achievement, with Asian and African American students performing lower compared to their peers at other schools in the district. Additionally, Independence High has experienced a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, from 9.3% in 2017-2018 to 17.1% in 2022-2023, which may be impacting the school's overall performance.

While Independence High outperforms the Kern High District in many areas, it is important to note that nearby schools, such as Liberty High and Stockdale High, also demonstrate strong academic performance and graduation rates, suggesting a relatively high-performing district overall. With a high percentage of students (70.8%) eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, Independence High serves a predominantly low-income population, which can present unique challenges and opportunities for the school.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 8001 Old River Rd.
       Bakersfield, CA  93311-9752


(661) 834-8001

District: Kern High

SchoolDigger Rank:
747th of 2,346 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,882 Help


Feeder schools for Independence High:

Elementary:    Bill L. Williams Elementary
    Buena Vista Elementary
    Donald E. Suburu
    Lakeside
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Middle:    Earl Warren Junior High

Student/teacher ratio:  26.2 Help
Number of students:  2,394

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
63.5%
White:
16.5%
Asian:
8.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  70.8% Help


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Compare Details Independence High ranks better than 68.2% of high schools in California. It also ranks 5th among 24 ranked high schools in the Kern High School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 55.47. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Independence High freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (63.5%), White (16.5%), Asian (8.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 70.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Independence High is 26.2. 20 high schools in the Kern High School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Independence High is $7,882. 16 high schools in the Kern High School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Independence High:

SchoolDigger ranks Independence High 747th of 2346 California public high schools. (See Independence High in the ranking list.)

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Kern High:

SchoolDigger ranks Kern High 850th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Independence High

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Rank History for all students at Independence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 81.58 90th 2238 96.0%
2010 55.87 597th 2281 73.8%
2011 59.67 526th 2367 77.8%
2012 57.25 610th 2354 74.1%
2013 55.23 651st 2426 73.2%
2015 70.90 529th 1994 73.5%
2016 73.76 487th 2039 76.1%
2017 59.11 816th 2021 59.6%
2018 56.02 885th 2017 56.1%
2019 45.48 1090th 2133 48.9%
2022 62.69 658th 2123 69.0%
2023 55.47 741st 2335 68.3%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Independence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.55 110th 366 69.9%
2019 47.30 243rd 422 42.4%
2022 26.75 396th 515 23.1%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Independence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 84.02 49th 1044 95.3%
2023 42.16 414th 1315 68.5%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Independence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 51.92 432nd 1539 71.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Independence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 56.88 792nd 1862 57.5%
2019 58.53 717th 1937 63.0%
2022 72.15 398th 1943 79.5%
2023 61.75 593rd 2237 73.5%
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Rank History for Female students at Independence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 49.46 918th 1760 47.8%
2019 53.97 755th 1833 58.8%
2022 61.99 579th 1858 68.8%
2023 55.46 697th 2106 66.9%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Independence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 29.45 714th 1052 32.1%
2019 29.12 790th 1117 29.3%
2022 44.41 490th 1161 57.8%
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Rank History for Male students at Independence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 56.90 783rd 1834 57.3%
2019 43.76 1007th 1880 46.4%
2022 58.62 672nd 1916 64.9%
2023 52.72 746th 2195 66.0%
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Rank History for Asian students at Independence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 16.68 497th 581 14.5%
2019 10.75 526th 582 9.6%
2022 49.34 326th 581 43.9%
2023 25.08 559th 727 23.1%
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Rank History for African American students at Independence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 33.94 377th 582 35.2%
2019 69.28 134th 592 77.4%
2022 57.23 173rd 522 66.9%
2023 44.07 354th 713 50.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Independence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 59.74 694th 1742 60.2%
2019 62.33 586th 1814 67.7%
2022 71.33 405th 1861 78.2%
2023 64.65 519th 2132 75.7%
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Rank History for White students at Independence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 37.75 780th 1173 33.5%
2019 40.56 751st 1222 38.5%
2022 42.58 684th 1204 43.2%
2023 39.41 758th 1424 46.8%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Independence High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2008 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 0 0
2009 261 90 65 401 2 1 2 0 822
2010 392 134 106 634 2 2 12 0 1282
2011 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1709 1709
2012 500 183 156 888 5 2 50 0 1784
2013 523 168 165 944 15 4 62 0 1881
2014 544 164 179 998 21 2 44 0 1952
2015 524 157 183 1089 15 2 78 0 2048
2016 501 161 183 1132 14 3 77 0 2071
2017 496 166 159 1158 10 3 77 0 2069
2018 454 157 165 1225 8 5 92 0 2106
2019 464 157 163 1251 19 3 77 0 2134
2020 423 164 163 1290 23 7 72 0 2142
2021 443 173 180 1389 22 11 65 0 2283
2022 430 183 180 1441 14 10 55 1 2314
2023 394 194 202 1521 12 14 57 0 2394

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Independence High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2008 0 n/a n/a n/a
2009 822 45.4 15.6 41.7
2010 1282 57.9 22.1 46.8
2011 1709 n/a n/a n/a
2012 1784 68.2 26.1 n/a
2013 1881 70.8 26.5 48.3
2014 1952 69.4 28.1 47.2
2015 2048 67.0 30.5 49.6
2016 2071 63.0 32.8 53.5
2017 2069 74.1 27.8 54.8
2018 2106 75.4 27.9 56.8
2019 2134 81.2 26.2 58.2
2020 2142 n/a n/a 56.5
2021 2283 82.9 27.5 53
2022 2314 69.1 33.4 64
2023 2394 91.3 26.2 70.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Independence High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2008 0 n/a n/a n/a
2009 822 45.4 15.6 41.7
2010 1282 57.9 22.1 46.8
2011 1709 n/a n/a n/a
2012 1784 68.2 26.1 n/a
2013 1881 70.8 26.5 48.3
2014 1952 69.4 28.1 47.2
2015 2048 67.0 30.5 49.6
2016 2071 63.0 32.8 53.5
2017 2069 74.1 27.8 54.8
2018 2106 75.4 27.9 56.8
2019 2134 81.2 26.2 58.2
2020 2142 n/a n/a 56.5
2021 2283 82.9 27.5 53
2022 2314 69.1 33.4 64
2023 2394 91.3 26.2 70.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Independence High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $7,882

Data source: California Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Independence High

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1090th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 741st of 2335 High schools
 19.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Independence High)64.959
 6%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Kern High)51.151
 0.2%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (Independence High)20.116.6
 3.5%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Kern High)2117
 4%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
11th Grade Science (Independence High)24.733.3
 8.5%
   11th Grade Science (Kern High)22.623.9
 1.3%
   11th Grade Science (California)30.431.7
 1.3%
12th Grade Science (Independence High)018.2
 18.2%
   12th Grade Science (Kern High)13.118.8
 5.7%
   12th Grade Science (California)25.626.9
 1.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students21342394
 12.2%
African American157194
 23.6%
American Indian1912
 36.8%
Asian163202
 23.9%
Hispanic12511521
 21.6%
Pacific Islander314
 366.7%
White464394
 15.1%
Two or More Races7757
 26%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients58.2%70.8%
 12.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Independence High

In the 2022-23 school year, 2,394 students attended Independence High.

Independence High ranks 747th of 2346 California high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students at Independence High are 64% Hispanic, 16% White, 8% Asian, 8% African American, 2% Two or more races.

Independence High is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Bill L. Williams Elementary
Elementary : Buena Vista Elementary
Elementary : Donald E. Suburu
Elementary : Lakeside
Elementary : Sing Lum Elementary
Middle : Earl Warren Junior High


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