The Independence School

  • The Independence School is an independent, co-educational day school welcoming students age 3 through 8th Grade. "Indy" provides an exceptionally strong academic foundation and so much more. Our unique Learning Applications curriculum guides student to develop critical study and organizational skills, teaches about learning and the brain, and helps Independence become confident independent learners.
  • Language arts and math placements accomodate students working both at and above grade level ensuring appropriate challenge and motivation.
  • Project-based-learning, STEM experiences, media and technology literacy along with an unparalleled writing curriculum are highlights of the program. Independence graduates are accepted to their top choice high schools, with many earning significant scholarships and awards.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
Delaware Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1978
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesSummer camp costs vary based on selections.
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students436 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
30%
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade The Independence School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers55 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size19 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$18,460
Tuition NotesPreschool tuition ranges from $6384 to $15614 depending on number of days and full vs half days.
Admissions DirectorMichele Harra
Admissions AssociateDonna Sentman

Sports

Total Sports Offered11 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
LacrosseSoccer,
TennisTrack and Field,
VolleyballWinter Track,
Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.13 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Girls Can STEM, Lego League, Lego Robotics, Math League, Odyssey of the Mind, Quiz Bowl

Arts and Music Programs:
After-School Art, Band, Choir, Drama, Orchestra

Recreational Athletic Programs:
intramural sports

School Notes

  • Independence's setting offers children age 3 through 8th grade a nurturing and welcoming school environment in which they are able to learn to learn and learn to lead. Our mission is to inspire students to become intellectually curious individuals who possess an expectional spirit for learning, leadership, and citizenship, and we work toward that every day.  Independence's  sequential curriculum spirals upward through the grades to allow for distinct academic unity while also providing opportunities for personalization through blended learning, collaboration, project-based learning,and varying paces.  Independence is situated on 90 acres in the Pike Creek Valley, with easy access to Wilmington, Newark and Hockessin, as well as nearby Maryland and Pennsylvania communities.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Bear
    Grades: PK-12 | 1117 students
    10.3 miles
    2801 Del Laws Rd
    Bear, DE 19701
    (302)834-8938
    10.3 PK-12
    1117
  • Hockessin
    Grades: PK-12 | 577 students
    3 miles
    6900 Lancaster Pike
    Hockessin, DE 19707
    (302)235-6500
    3 PK-12
    577
  • Newark
    The College School
    Special Education School
    Grades: 2-8 | 35 students
    4.9 miles
    459 Wyoming Road
    Newark, DE 19716
    (302)831-0222
    4.9 2-8
    35
  • Hockessin
    Grades: PK-12 | 551 students
    3.4 miles
    825 Loveville Rd
    Hockessin, DE 19707
    (302)239-2121
    3.4 PK-12
    551
  • Newark
    Grades: PK-8 | 403 students
    3.2 miles
    82 Possum Park Rd
    Newark, DE 19711
    (302)731-2211
    3.2 PK-8
    403

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Our family is delighted with the academic journey at The Independence School. Our three girls are delighted each day to come home and share how much they learn at Indy. As parents, we appreciate seeing the engagement and enthusiasm. The school focuses on a solid foundation of balance in academics, mindfulness, sport and community service. It is said that it takes a village to raise children. The independence school is our village. It is a small school with a powerful community that is engaged in the children and their families as a whole.
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