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.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked DE School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 436 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $18,460
  • Average class size: 19 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Year Founded
1978
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Cost Notes
Summer camp costs vary based on selections.
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
436 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
15%
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade
The Independence School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
55 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size
19 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Preschool tuition ranges from $6384 to $15614 depending on number of days and full vs half days.
Admissions Director
Michele Harra
Admissions Associate
Donna Sentman

Sports

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.

School Reviews

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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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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked DE School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 436 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $18,460
  • Average class size: 19 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Newark, DE is $11,571 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).

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