Independence Middle School

Summary:

Independence Middle School is a high-performing public middle school in Jupiter, Florida, serving 1,166 students in grades 6-8. The school consistently ranks among the top middle schools in the state, outperforming its peers in the Palm Beach School District and across Florida on key academic metrics.

Independence Middle School's academic excellence is evident in its 4-star rating from SchoolDigger and its students' exceptional performance on standardized tests. In the 2022-2023 school year, 94% of students were proficient in EOC/Algebra 1, compared to just 50% in the district and 54% statewide. Similarly, 99% of students were proficient in EOC/Geometry, far surpassing the district (51%) and state (49%) averages. The school also boasts a higher percentage of students proficient in Statewide Science/Science for 8th Grade (65%) compared to the district (46%) and state (44%).

While Independence Middle School serves a more racially diverse student population than many nearby schools, it maintains a lower chronic absenteeism rate of 11.6% and a lower percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (25.39%) compared to schools like Osceola Creek Middle School (23.0% chronic absenteeism, 40.84% free/reduced lunch) and Western Pines Community Middle (22.0% chronic absenteeism, 80.38% free/reduced lunch). This suggests that the school's academic success is not solely driven by socioeconomic factors, but rather by effective teaching practices and a supportive learning environment that benefits students of all backgrounds.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 4001 Greenway Dr
       Jupiter, FL  33458-8388


(561) 799-7500

District: Palm Beach

SchoolDigger Rank:
188th of 1,185 Florida Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,165 Help


Feeder schools for Independence Middle School:

Elementary:    Beacon Cove Intermediate School
    Jerry Thomas Elementary School
    Lighthouse Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  18.2 Help
Number of students:  1,166

Racial breakdown:

White:
62.9%
Hispanic:
25.3%
Asian:
4.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  25.4% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Independence Middle School ranks better than 84.1% of middle schools in Florida. It also ranks 5th among 36 ranked middle schools in the Palm Beach School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 80.82. (See more...)
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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: White (62.9%), Hispanic (25.3%), Asian (4.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 25.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Independence Middle School is 18.2. 21 middle schools in the Palm Beach School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Independence Middle School employs 64 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Independence Middle School is $11,165. 25 middle schools in the Palm Beach School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Independence Middle School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Independence Middle School 188th of 1185 Florida public middle schools. (See Independence Middle School in the ranking list.)

Palm Beach:

SchoolDigger ranks Palm Beach 45th of 67 Florida school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Independence Middle School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 90.72 32nd 593 94.6%
2005 87.91 52nd 602 91.4%
2006 90.33 46th 675 93.2%
2007 85.94 80th 736 89.1%
2008 84.45 92nd 740 87.6%
2009 86.34 78th 780 90.0%
2010 87.37 70th 839 91.7%
2011 88.83 61st 891 93.2%
2012 87.11 90th 897 90.0%
2013 87.63 77th 956 91.9%
2014 82.00 148th 999 85.2%
2016 83.91 135th 997 86.5%
2017 82.52 161st 1031 84.4%
2018 85.04 141st 1035 86.4%
2019 83.09 165th 1099 85.0%
2021 81.07 180th 1136 84.2%
2022 83.40 158th 1148 86.2%
2023 80.82 186th 1177 84.2%
See the entire list of Florida Middle School Rankings!

Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Florida Department of Education

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by a student
Saturday, September 1, 2012

Open Quote I absolutely love the school. All the teachers are amazing and extremely helpful. I'm an athlete and love being on the teams and representing my school. Being in Geometry Honors is difficult but the teacher is awesome. I just love the school and it has a very good principal. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Independence Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2002 824 43 14 53 4 n/a n/a 0 938
2003 824 43 14 53 4 n/a n/a 0 938
2004 1164 57 23 87 8 n/a n/a 0 1339
2005 1165 93 28 117 8 n/a n/a 0 1411
2006 1086 84 35 102 8 n/a n/a 0 1315
2007 922 84 30 106 7 n/a n/a 68 1217
2008 912 80 31 113 5 n/a n/a 65 1206
2009 916 121 38 134 11 n/a n/a 63 1283
2010 938 109 39 154 16 n/a n/a 34 1290
2011 933 93 33 182 14 3 28 0 1286
2012 950 90 22 201 15 0 30 0 1308
2013 986 64 31 198 10 0 33 0 1322
2014 979 54 38 216 6 1 36 0 1330
2015 945 46 50 236 2 1 47 0 1327
2016 945 48 51 255 4 2 44 0 1349
2017 944 52 58 310 4 1 56 0 1425
2018 929 60 63 304 2 2 53 0 1413
2019 872 61 53 325 3 1 63 0 1378
2020 886 62 57 296 4 1 53 0 1359
2021 829 53 51 303 2 0 55 0 1293
2022 791 53 66 288 2 1 48 0 1249
2023 733 41 51 295 1 1 44 0 1166

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 Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 938 37.0 25.4 8.3
2003 938 37.0 25.4 8.3
2004 1339 57.0 23.5 12.9
2005 1411 71.0 19.9 13.8
2006 1315 69.0 19.1 14
2007 1217 70.0 17.4 15.3
2008 1206 65.0 18.6 16
2009 1283 82.6 18.1 20.9
2010 1290 71.0 18.1 22.5
2011 1286 71.0 18.1 25.8
2012 1308 73.0 17.9 26.3
2013 1322 71.0 18.6 25.3
2014 1330 72.0 18.4 25.9
2015 1327 74.0 17.9 27.3
2016 1349 75.0 17.9 27.9
2017 1425 75.0 19.0 29.7
2018 1413 78.0 18.1 28.7
2019 1378 75.0 18.3 28.7
2020 1359 72.0 18.8 27
2021 1293 69.0 18.7 33.1
2022 1249 64.0 19.5 34.5
2023 1166 64.0 18.2 25.4

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 Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 938 37.0 25.4 8.3
2003 938 37.0 25.4 8.3
2004 1339 57.0 23.5 12.9
2005 1411 71.0 19.9 13.8
2006 1315 69.0 19.1 14
2007 1217 70.0 17.4 15.3
2008 1206 65.0 18.6 16
2009 1283 82.6 18.1 20.9
2010 1290 71.0 18.1 22.5
2011 1286 71.0 18.1 25.8
2012 1308 73.0 17.9 26.3
2013 1322 71.0 18.6 25.3
2014 1330 72.0 18.4 25.9
2015 1327 74.0 17.9 27.3
2016 1349 75.0 17.9 27.9
2017 1425 75.0 19.0 29.7
2018 1413 78.0 18.1 28.7
2019 1378 75.0 18.3 28.7
2020 1359 72.0 18.8 27
2021 1293 69.0 18.7 33.1
2022 1249 64.0 19.5 34.5
2023 1166 64.0 18.2 25.4

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 Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $275 (3.7%) $7,117 (96.3%) $7,392
2019 $288 (3.7%) $7,431 (96.3%) $7,718
2020 $236 (2.7%) $8,512 (97.3%) $8,748
2021 $418 (4.5%) $8,872 (95.5%) $9,289
2022 $986 (9.9%) $8,987 (90.1%) $9,973
2023 $987 (8.8%) $10,177 (91.2%) $11,165

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Independence Middle School

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 165th of 1099 Middle schoolsRanks 186th of 1177 Middle schools
 0.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Independence Middle School)7172
 1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)5854
 4%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5452
 2%
6th Grade Mathematics (Independence Middle School)7465
 9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)6050
 10%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Florida)5549
 6%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Independence Middle School)7566
 9%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)5351
 2%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5248
 4%
7th Grade Mathematics (Independence Middle School)4918
 31%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)3527
 8%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Florida)5446
 8%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Independence Middle School)7072
 2%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)5851
 7%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5649
 7%
8th Grade Mathematics (Independence Middle School)8777
 10%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)6457
 7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Florida)4642
 4%
8th Grade Science (Independence Middle School)7165
 6%
   8th Grade Science (Palm Beach)5146
 5%
   8th Grade Science (Florida)4844
 4%
End of Course Civics (Independence Middle School)8678
 8%
   End of Course Civics (Palm Beach)7265
 7%
   End of Course Civics (Florida)7166
 5%
End of Course Algebra 1 (Independence Middle School)9897
 1%
   End of Course Algebra 1 (Palm Beach)6554
 11%
   End of Course Algebra 1 (Florida)6254
 8%
End of Course Geometry (Independence Middle School)100100
   End of Course Geometry (Palm Beach)6153
 8%
   End of Course Geometry (Florida)5750
 7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students13781166
 15.4%
African American6141
 32.8%
American Indian31
 66.7%
Asian5351
 3.8%
Hispanic325295
 9.2%
Pacific Islander11
White872733
 15.9%
Two or More Races6344
 30.2%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients28.7%25.4%
 3.3%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Independence Middle School

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,166 students attended Independence Middle School.

Independence Middle School ranks 188th of 1185 Florida middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Independence Middle School are 63% White, 25% Hispanic, 4% Asian, 4% Two or more races, 4% African American.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Florida Department of Education.

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