Independence High

Summary:

Independence High is a public high school located in Brentwood, California, serving grades 9-12 with a total enrollment of 140 students. The school is part of the Liberty Union High School District, which is ranked 643 out of 1,560 districts in California and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

While Independence High has a more diverse student population compared to nearby schools, with a higher percentage of Hispanic (32.86%) and two or more races (8.57%) students, its academic performance is significantly lower. In the 2022-2023 school year, only 46.77% of 11th-grade students were proficient or better in English Language Arts/Literacy, compared to 62.39% at the district-level and 55.41% statewide. In Mathematics, the proficiency rate for 11th-grade students was just 11.29%, compared to 28.13% at the district-level and 27.36% statewide. Independence High has also experienced fluctuating graduation rates, ranging from a low of 48.5% in 2019-2020 to a high of 84.0% in 2021-2022, and relatively high dropout rates, ranging from 1.8% in 2018-2019 to 8.6% in 2020-2021.

The high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (33.57% in 2022-2023) suggests that Independence High serves a population with significant socioeconomic challenges, which may contribute to the lower academic performance and higher absenteeism rates. When compared to nearby schools, such as Freedom High, Heritage High, and Liberty High, Independence High stands out as an underperforming school in terms of academic achievement, graduation rates, and attendance. The proximity of Independence High to La Paloma High, a continuation high school, may also indicate that Independence High is serving a population of students who are at risk of dropping out or have already faced academic and social challenges.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 929 Second St.
       Brentwood, CA  94513-1137


(925) 634-2589

District: Liberty Union High

SchoolDigger Rank:
1248th of 2,346 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,903 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  11.1 Help
Number of students:  140

Racial breakdown:

White:
45.0%
Hispanic:
32.9%
Two or more races:
8.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  33.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Independence High ranks worse than 53.2% of high schools in California. It also ranks 4th among 5 ranked high schools in the Liberty Union High School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 36.03. (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 Independence High has the smallest high school student body size in the Liberty Union High School District. Racial makeup is: White (45%), Hispanic (32.9%), two or more races (8.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 33.6% 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 11.1, which is the lowest among 5 high schools in the Liberty Union High School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Independence High is $13,903, which is the 2nd highest among 5 high schools in the Liberty Union High School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Independence High:

SchoolDigger ranks Independence High 1248th of 2346 California public high schools. (See Independence High in the ranking list.)

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Liberty Union High:

SchoolDigger ranks Liberty Union High 643rd 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
2004 32.60 873rd 1653 47.2%
2005 29.72 1060th 1901 44.2%
2006 26.29 1206th 1968 38.7%
2007 31.07 1106th 2063 46.4%
2008 32.55 1109th 2117 47.6%
2009 48.25 786th 2238 64.9%
2010 35.49 1120th 2281 50.9%
2011 35.03 1176th 2367 50.3%
2012 29.93 1294th 2354 45.0%
2013 34.71 1189th 2426 51.0%
2015 38.55 1202nd 1994 39.7%
2016 38.72 1210th 2039 40.7%
2017 22.53 1472nd 2021 27.2%
2018 34.74 1314th 2017 34.9%
2019 36.21 1308th 2133 38.7%
2022 39.82 1183rd 2123 44.3%
2023 36.03 1242nd 2335 46.8%
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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 42.61 1127th 1862 39.5%
2019 36.32 1237th 1937 36.1%
2022 31.74 1316th 1943 32.3%
2023 27.71 1466th 2237 34.5%
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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 33.32 1215th 1760 31.0%
2019 26.39 1340th 1833 26.9%
2022 29.66 1283rd 1858 30.9%
2023 27.61 1380th 2106 34.5%
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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 30.48 1241st 1834 32.3%
2019 40.04 1079th 1880 42.6%
2022 50.26 825th 1916 56.9%
2023 44.91 917th 2195 58.2%
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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 32.32 1201st 1742 31.1%
2019 25.85 1319th 1814 27.3%
2022 51.66 793rd 1861 57.4%
2023 42.27 1046th 2132 50.9%
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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 19.41 959th 1173 18.2%
2019 23.45 960th 1222 21.4%
2022 14.22 1049th 1204 12.9%
2023 16.25 1139th 1424 20.0%
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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
2001 149 5 1 107 2 n/a n/a 0 264
2002 222 13 12 127 2 n/a n/a 0 376
2003 222 13 12 127 2 n/a n/a 0 376
2004 237 15 7 134 2 n/a n/a 0 395
2005 239 21 8 151 6 n/a n/a 1 426
2006 208 30 18 116 0 n/a n/a 8 380
2007 211 30 17 146 8 n/a n/a 6 418
2008 184 32 21 115 6 n/a n/a 0 358
2009 201 52 17 123 5 4 0 0 402
2010 210 50 20 130 5 6 1 0 422
2011 216 53 15 155 4 0 6 0 449
2012 233 45 16 176 7 0 9 0 486
2013 229 41 6 157 5 0 6 0 444
2014 169 45 14 140 6 0 11 0 385
2015 160 27 10 112 2 3 17 0 331
2016 152 26 6 127 3 1 13 0 328
2017 145 22 7 106 2 2 11 0 295
2018 123 25 8 77 4 2 13 0 252
2019 131 22 9 67 1 4 16 0 250
2020 105 14 6 69 2 1 5 0 202
2021 87 12 3 66 1 2 8 0 179
2022 83 13 8 57 0 3 11 1 176
2023 63 11 4 46 1 2 12 1 140

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
2001 264 2.8 94.3 0
2002 376 3.0 125.3 0
2003 376 3.0 125.3 0
2004 395 2.5 158.0 0
2005 426 2.5 170.4 0
2006 380 5.5 69.1 0
2007 418 5.5 76.0 0.2
2008 358 12.8 28.0 12.3
2009 402 10.7 29.1 22.4
2010 422 10.7 39.2 21.1
2011 449 n/a n/a 0.7
2012 486 7.7 62.7 n/a
2013 444 5.7 77.2 15.3
2014 385 10.8 35.6 16.4
2015 331 13.0 25.4 21.1
2016 328 15.0 21.8 22.3
2017 295 14.3 20.6 20
2018 252 14.1 17.8 28.2
2019 250 11.8 21.1 21.2
2020 202 n/a n/a 24.8
2021 179 11.6 15.3 27.9
2022 176 11.8 14.9 26.7
2023 140 12.5 11.1 33.6

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
2001 264 2.8 94.3 0
2002 376 3.0 125.3 0
2003 376 3.0 125.3 0
2004 395 2.5 158.0 0
2005 426 2.5 170.4 0
2006 380 5.5 69.1 0
2007 418 5.5 76.0 0.2
2008 358 12.8 28.0 12.3
2009 402 10.7 29.1 22.4
2010 422 10.7 39.2 21.1
2011 449 n/a n/a 0.7
2012 486 7.7 62.7 n/a
2013 444 5.7 77.2 15.3
2014 385 10.8 35.6 16.4
2015 331 13.0 25.4 21.1
2016 328 15.0 21.8 22.3
2017 295 14.3 20.6 20
2018 252 14.1 17.8 28.2
2019 250 11.8 21.1 21.2
2020 202 n/a n/a 24.8
2021 179 11.6 15.3 27.9
2022 176 11.8 14.9 26.7
2023 140 12.5 11.1 33.6

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 $13,903

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 1308th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 1242nd of 2335 High schools
 8.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Independence High)29.846.8
 17%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Liberty Union High)69.362.4
 6.9%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (Independence High)9.611.3
 1.7%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Liberty Union High)36.528.1
 8.4%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
11th Grade Science (Independence High)13.418
 4.6%
   11th Grade Science (Liberty Union High)38.431.3
 7.1%
   11th Grade Science (California)30.431.7
 1.3%
12th Grade Science (Independence High)20.725
 4.3%
   12th Grade Science (Liberty Union High)27.828.3
 0.6%
   12th Grade Science (California)25.626.8
 1.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students250140
 44%
African American2211
 50%
American Indian11
Asian94
 55.6%
Hispanic6746
 31.3%
Pacific Islander42
 50%
White13163
 51.9%
Two or More Races1612
 25%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients21.2%33.6%
 12.4%


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Students at Independence High are 45% White, 33% Hispanic, 9% Two or more races, 8% African American, 3% Asian, 1% Pacific Islander.

In the 2022-23 school year, 140 students attended Independence High.

Independence High ranks 1248th of 2346 California high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.


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