Independence Junior High School

Summary:

Independence Junior High School is a public middle school serving grades 6-8 in Palos Heights, Illinois, with a student population of 224 as of the 2022-2023 school year. The school is part of the Palos CCSD 118 district, which is ranked 192 out of 823 districts in Illinois and has a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Independence Junior High School consistently performs well academically, with significantly higher proficiency rates in English Language Arts and Science compared to the state averages. In the 2022-2023 school year, 68.9%, 56.9%, and 78.2% of 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students, respectively, scored proficient or better in ELA, and 67% of 8th-grade students scored proficient or better in Science. The school also has a more diverse student body compared to some nearby schools, with a higher percentage of Hispanic students (20.54%) and a lower percentage of African American students (4.91%). Additionally, Independence Junior High School has maintained relatively low chronic absenteeism rates and has a higher per-student spending of $16,681 in the 2022-2023 school year.

Compared to nearby middle schools, such as Hamlin Upper Grade Center, Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School, and Jerling Junior High School, Independence Junior High School stands out as a higher-performing institution, with significantly better academic proficiency rates, lower chronic absenteeism, and higher per-student spending. This suggests that the school is providing a more robust educational experience for its students. However, the data also indicates that there may be opportunities to further support the academic achievement of Hispanic and Special Education students, as their performance lags behind the overall school and state averages.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 6610 W Highland Dr
       Palos Heights, IL  60463-2217


(708) 448-0737

District: Palos Heights School District 128

SchoolDigger Rank:
228th of 1,367 Illinois Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $16,681 Help


Students who attend Independence Junior High School usually attend:

High:    DD Eisenhower High School (Campus)

Feeder schools for Independence Junior High School:

Elementary:    Chippewa Elementary School
    Indian Hill
    Navajo Heights Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  11.2 Help
Number of students:  224

Racial breakdown:

White:
70.1%
Hispanic:
20.5%
African American:
4.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  12% Help


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Compare Details Independence Junior High School ranks better than 83.3% of middle schools in Illinois. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 79.49. (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 (70.1%), Hispanic (20.5%), African American (4.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Independence Junior High School is 11.2. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Independence Junior High School is $16,681.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Independence Junior High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Independence Junior High School 228th of 1367 Illinois public middle schools. (See Independence Junior High School in the ranking list.)

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Palos Heights School District 128:

SchoolDigger ranks Palos Heights School District 128 192nd of 823 Illinois school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Independence Junior High School

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Rank History for all students at Independence Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 82.37 189th 1185 84.1%
2004 87.66 96th 1204 92.0%
2005 80.94 206th 1209 83.0%
2006 79.53 210th 1272 83.5%
2007 83.29 125th 1287 90.3%
2008 75.61 295th 1293 77.2%
2009 76.87 272nd 1318 79.4%
2010 77.80 253rd 1327 80.9%
2011 78.68 228th 1344 83.0%
2012 78.82 231st 1365 83.1%
2013 75.70 296th 1367 78.3%
2014 78.02 253rd 1322 80.9%
2015 87.73 145th 1302 88.9%
2016 85.88 139th 1294 89.3%
2017 90.87 91st 1293 93.0%
2018 91.87 78th 1293 94.0%
2019 83.83 184th 1356 86.4%
2021 77.38 225th 1241 81.9%
2022 77.89 245th 1369 82.1%
2023 79.49 228th 1367 83.3%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Independence Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 62.00 168th 792 78.8%
2021 49.07 184th 548 66.4%
2022 63.80 122nd 781 84.4%
2023 52.51 256th 805 68.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Independence Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 80.37 91st 1019 91.1%
2022 61.97 331st 1221 72.9%
2023 63.53 317th 1234 74.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Independence Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.05 61st 1226 95.0%
2019 84.34 151st 1276 88.2%
2021 70.71 250th 1017 75.4%
2022 80.50 199th 1286 84.5%
2023 80.91 193rd 1275 84.9%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Independence Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 64.52 132nd 674 80.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Independence Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.55 106th 1223 91.3%
2019 78.19 222nd 1296 82.9%
2021 76.14 190th 1048 81.9%
2022 71.96 278th 1286 78.4%
2023 74.69 248th 1292 80.8%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Independence Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 82.31 67th 590 88.6%
2019 55.03 247th 639 61.3%
2021 39.77 294th 517 43.1%
2022 57.35 202nd 662 69.5%
2023 52.99 252nd 661 61.9%
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Rank History for White students at Independence Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 85.64 81st 889 90.9%
2019 78.04 148th 905 83.6%
2021 76.15 143rd 813 82.4%
2022 71.28 196th 898 78.2%
2023 75.09 173rd 895 80.7%
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Data source: test scores: Illinois State Board 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 Junior High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 214 1 9 2 n/a n/a n/a 0 226
1989 218 2 9 n/a n/a n/a n/a 0 229
1990 214 2 3 3 n/a n/a n/a 0 222
1991 228 2 3 2 0 n/a n/a 0 235
1992 224 3 4 2 0 n/a n/a 0 233
1993 236 1 4 2 0 n/a n/a 0 243
1994 230 2 2 2 0 n/a n/a 0 236
1995 211 0 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 213
1996 211 0 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 213
1997 217 0 4 4 0 n/a n/a 0 225
1998 228 0 3 7 0 n/a n/a 0 238
1999 222 0 4 7 0 n/a n/a 0 233
2000 206 2 2 10 0 n/a n/a 0 220
2001 225 4 6 6 0 n/a n/a 0 241
2002 251 3 4 6 0 n/a n/a 0 264
2003 251 3 4 6 0 n/a n/a 0 264
2004 241 1 2 0 0 n/a n/a 0 244
2005 247 0 1 8 0 n/a n/a 2 258
2006 222 2 1 11 0 n/a n/a 0 236
2007 219 4 2 6 0 n/a n/a 0 231
2008 210 6 1 5 0 n/a n/a 0 222
2009 215 7 1 10 0 n/a n/a 5 238
2010 232 4 0 15 0 n/a n/a 2 253
2011 220 6 0 26 1 0 1 0 254
2012 216 6 2 29 2 0 3 0 258
2013 212 4 3 22 0 0 1 0 242
2014 224 4 3 17 0 0 1 0 249
2015 227 4 2 18 0 0 1 0 252
2016 210 6 1 30 0 0 0 0 247
2017 192 4 1 32 0 0 0 0 229
2018 182 3 4 30 0 0 2 0 221
2019 187 6 4 36 0 0 3 0 236
2020 181 10 5 36 0 0 1 0 233
2021 185 12 3 45 0 1 4 0 250
2022 157 14 3 38 0 0 4 0 216
2023 157 11 4 46 0 0 6 0 224

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 Junior High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 226 15.7 14.3 n/a
1989 229 15.7 14.5 n/a
1990 222 15.7 14.1 n/a
1991 235 15.7 14.9 n/a
1992 233 14.8 15.7 n/a
1993 243 15.7 15.5 n/a
1994 236 15.7 15.0 n/a
1995 213 15.0 14.2 n/a
1996 213 15.0 14.2 n/a
1997 225 15.0 15.0 n/a
1998 238 16.0 14.9 n/a
1999 233 16.0 14.6 n/a
2000 220 18.0 12.2 n/a
2001 241 18.0 13.4 n/a
2002 264 20.0 13.2 0
2003 264 20.0 13.2 0
2004 244 18.5 13.2 0
2005 258 19.0 13.6 0
2006 236 19.0 12.4 0
2007 231 19.0 12.2 0
2008 222 15.0 14.8 0
2009 238 18.0 13.2 0
2010 253 18.0 14.0 0
2011 254 15.4 16.4 0
2012 258 16.0 16.1 1.9
2013 242 15.7 15.3 1.7
2014 249 17.1 14.5 n/a
2015 252 17.0 14.8 13.5
2016 247 18.0 13.7 23.9
2017 229 20.0 11.4 15.7
2018 221 20.0 11.0 11.8
2019 236 19.7 11.9 11
2020 233 19.9 11.6 12
2021 250 n/a n/a n/a
2022 216 21.6 9.9 12
2023 224 19.8 11.2 n/a

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 Junior High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 226 15.7 14.3 n/a
1989 229 15.7 14.5 n/a
1990 222 15.7 14.1 n/a
1991 235 15.7 14.9 n/a
1992 233 14.8 15.7 n/a
1993 243 15.7 15.5 n/a
1994 236 15.7 15.0 n/a
1995 213 15.0 14.2 n/a
1996 213 15.0 14.2 n/a
1997 225 15.0 15.0 n/a
1998 238 16.0 14.9 n/a
1999 233 16.0 14.6 n/a
2000 220 18.0 12.2 n/a
2001 241 18.0 13.4 n/a
2002 264 20.0 13.2 0
2003 264 20.0 13.2 0
2004 244 18.5 13.2 0
2005 258 19.0 13.6 0
2006 236 19.0 12.4 0
2007 231 19.0 12.2 0
2008 222 15.0 14.8 0
2009 238 18.0 13.2 0
2010 253 18.0 14.0 0
2011 254 15.4 16.4 0
2012 258 16.0 16.1 1.9
2013 242 15.7 15.3 1.7
2014 249 17.1 14.5 n/a
2015 252 17.0 14.8 13.5
2016 247 18.0 13.7 23.9
2017 229 20.0 11.4 15.7
2018 221 20.0 11.0 11.8
2019 236 19.7 11.9 11
2020 233 19.9 11.6 12
2021 250 n/a n/a n/a
2022 216 21.6 9.9 12
2023 224 19.8 11.2 n/a

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.

Immunization Rates

Independence Junior High School

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YearPolioMeaslesMumpsRubellaHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMeningococcal
2015100.0%99.2%99.2%99.2%100.0%99.2%100.0%
201698.8%98.8%98.8%98.8%98.8%98.8%30.4%
201795.7%95.7%95.7%95.7%95.7%95.7%95.7%63.8%
201896.4%96.4%96.4%96.4%96.4%96.4%96.4%96.4%
201999.6%99.6%99.6%99.6%99.6%99.6%99.6%98.7%
202196.8%96.8%96.8%96.8%96.8%96.8%96.8%95.1%
202297.7%97.7%97.7%97.7%98.1%97.7%97.7%97.2%
202397.2%97.2%97.2%97.2%97.2%97.2%97.2%96.8%

Data source: Illinois State Board of Education
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Independence Junior High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $426 (3.5%) $11,746 (96.5%) $12,172
2020 $435 (3.5%) $11,958 (96.5%) $12,393
2021 $378 (2.6%) $14,007 (97.4%) $14,385
2022 $378 (2.6%) $14,007 (97.4%) $14,385
2023 $1,400 (8.4%) $15,280 (91.6%) $16,680

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Independence Junior High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 184th of 1356 Middle schoolsRanks 228th of 1367 Middle schools
 3.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Independence Junior High School)55.168.9
 13.8%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Palos Heights School District 128)55.168.9
 13.8%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)3534.2
 0.8%
6th Grade Mathematics (Independence Junior High School)31.829.8
 2%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Palos Heights School District 128)31.829.8
 2%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Illinois)25.323.4
 1.9%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Independence Junior High School)68.556.9
 11.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Palos Heights School District 128)68.556.9
 11.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)41.237.9
 3.3%
7th Grade Mathematics (Independence Junior High School)41.424.1
 17.3%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Palos Heights School District 128)41.424.1
 17.3%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Illinois)29.926.9
 3%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Independence Junior High School)70.278.2
 8%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Palos Heights School District 128)70.278.2
 8%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)39.640.5
 0.9%
8th Grade Mathematics (Independence Junior High School)40.134.4
 5.7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Palos Heights School District 128)40.134.4
 5.7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Illinois)32.625.7
 6.9%
8th Grade Science (Independence Junior High School)74.767
 7.7%
   8th Grade Science (Palos Heights School District 128)74.767
 7.7%
   8th Grade Science (Illinois)5552
 3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students236224
 5.1%
African American611
 83.3%
American Indian00
Asian44
Hispanic3646
 27.8%
Pacific Islander00
White187157
 16%
Two or More Races36
 100%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Independence Junior High School

Students at Independence Junior High School are 70% White, 21% Hispanic, 5% African American, 3% Two or more races, 2% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 224 students attended Independence Junior High School.

Independence Junior High School ranks 228th of 1367 Illinois middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Independence Junior High School usually go on to attend DD Eisenhower High School (Campus)


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education.

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