High School
About Us
Chess Club, Robotics Club, Yearbook, Drill Team, Cheer Leading, Science Club, and Poetry Club
At Independence, academics are of top priority. Independence offers four advanced placement courses: literature and composition, government and calculus. Students can earn college credits as part of the Post-Secondary Educational Options Program at no cost for tuition and books. Independence has an extensive after-school program. Among the offerings are proficiency tutoring, credit recovery, ACT/SAT tutoring and class tutorials.
Dress Code
IHS will be a uniform school beginning the 2015-2016 school year. Local stores such as JCPenney, Target, Wal-Mart, and Old Navy sell uniforms.  
Fun Activities
Extra-curricular activities include: student government, Shared Decision-Making Cabinet, National Honor Society, marching band, Singing 76ers, drill team, cheerleading, Academic League Team, yearbook, Youth-to-Youth drug program, chess club, Leadership Council, pep squad, International Club, and Columbus Educators of Tomorrow, P-Funk Anti-violence Program.
The school’s drill team and cheerleaders receive highest honors in City League competition. The Independence vocal music program is recognized nationally, as well as locally. The music groups collaborate every spring for a two-night production of Cabaret, a dinner-theater performance to showcase musical talent. Interscholastic sports for boys include football, soccer, golf, basketball, wrestling, baseball, tennis, and track. Among girls interscholastic sports are soccer, golf, volleyball, tennis, basketball, softball, and track. Independence’s athletic program has been awarded the OHSAA Harold A. Meyer Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Award. Independence was the first urban school to receive it and the first repeat winner of this prestigious honor.
Hours of Operation
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Mission Statement
"Each student is highly educated, prepared for leadership and service, and empowered for success as a citizen in a global community."
Parent Involvement
A Shared Decision-Making Cabinet composed of parents and community members, staff and students, faculty and administrators insures that all stakeholders have a voice in policy changes. Parents are always welcome! Recently, the Cabinet played an instrumental part in the implementation of the new schedule.
Scholarship Award List
Bradford School The Ohio State University Columbus State Community College University of Rio Grande University of Toledo Wright State University Ohio University Capital University Otterbein College University of Dayton Xavier University Art Institute of Ohio Ohio Dominican University Tiffin University University of Cincinnati Union College Wilmington College Kent State University Johnson C. Smith College Nazarene University Tusculum College University of the Cumberlands University of Akron Philander College Lane College Clark Atlanta University Tuskegee University Bellarmine DeVry University
School Colors
Red, White, and Blue
Academic Links
Principal - Mr. Ernest West III
(614) 365-5372  |   5175 E. Refugee Road Columbus, OH 43232
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