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Principal's Message

Principals Message 


It is with great pride that I welcome you to Independence High School – Home of the Falcons!  Our campus is home to over 2100 students in grades 9-12 being taught and supported by approximately 150 employees.  Throughout each school day and late into the evening, the school is alive with the sound of people working, playing, laughing and enjoying all kinds of educational activities, club meetings, athletic events, and fine arts performances.


Our dedicated faculty works incredibly hard to prepare and implement lessons that are reflective of the best practices in education and are focused on success for all students.  They also provide as many extra-help opportunities for both students who are struggling and for students who wish to be challenged at higher levels.  Our counselors are also available to help parents design their student’s 4-year educational plan, incorporate strategies for helping students get through some of life’s ‘rough spots”, and prepare them for the future.


 I have learned many things during my 30-year career in education.  Perhaps what is most important is the notion that everyone needs to feel connected to someone or something to be a productive member of that group.  With numerous student clubs on campus, students are encouraged to explore their interests and become actively involved with the school community – there is something for everyone!


We strive at Independence High School is to ensure that all students are given the essential skills required to become independent, responsible adults.  By teaching our students to value diversity, communicate effectively, think critically, and work collaboratively, we strive to help them become conscientious, productive, caring citizens.


I love working at IHS, and I believe the more you become a part of our community, the more you’ll love it as well. 




Dean Juola