#33 Middle School in WV and #3 in Raleigh County

Independence Middle School

800 Independence Road, Sophia, WV 25921

How Good is Independence Middle School?

Report Card

B- Academic Results
A+ Learning Enviroment
B School Safety
B Overall Grade

Located in Sophia, West Virginia, Independence Middle School, is a Raleigh County school. It has 466 students and 40 teachers and serves grades M-M.

This school received an overall grade of B. Compared to other state schools Independence Middle School scores are average. Of middle schools, Independence Middle School ranks 33 in the state and 3 for its county.

The school data used in our grading is collected by the U.S. Department of Education and state boards of education. We take this information and compare dozens of data points to assign every school a grade for academics, safety and learning environment. These scores are combined to calculate the overall grade. To learn more about how our grading works, please visit our methodology page.


The academic score for a school is determined by looking at a number of inputs, such as student results on West Virginia standardized tests. For academics, Independence Middle School performs average when compared to other middle schools in West Virginia and received the grade of B- for this measure.

Source: WV Standardized Tests
Academics Grade B-
Test Performance Fair
Algebra 1 Passed N/A

Learning Enviroment

The learning environment at a school is estimated by comparing many factors including teacher certification rates, student attendance and percentage of novice teachers. Independence Middle School earned a grade of A+ for learning environment. For this measure, this school is significantly above average when compared to other middle schools in West Virginia.

Students : Teacher
WV Avg. 14
Uncertified Teachers
WV Avg. 4%
New Teachers
WV Avg. 11%
Learning Enviroment Grade A+
Student–Teacher Ratio Excellent
Student Absenteeism Excellent
Teacher Absenteeism Very Good
Teacher Certifications Excellent
Teacher Experience Excellent


Suspension rates and number of physical altercations are used to estimate a school’s safety. Independence Middle School received a grade of B for safety. For this measure, this school is average when compared to other middle schools in West Virginia.

Safety Grade B
In-School Suspensions Good
Out-of-School Suspensions Very Good
Physical Altercations N/A


The demographics of the student body at Independence Middle School are summarized below. Demographics are not used when evaluating a school.

Students w/ Disablities
WV Avg. 16%
Free Lunch
WV Avg. 27%
Econ. Disadvantaged
WV Avg. 49%
% Race/Ethnicity
% Male/Female
Total Enrollment 466
Minority Students 16
Diversity Index 4
Students with Disablities 98
Economically Disadvantaged 60%
Limited English Proficiency 0%
Gifted Students 4%

Compare Nearby Schools

You can view the closest middle schools to Independence Middle School below. The table includes The School Review’s score for each of the schools. To find a complete list of local schools, visit the Sophia, West Virginia schools page.

School Overall Grade Academic Results Learning Enviroment School Safety
1 Park Middle School A A A+ C-
2 Beckley-Stratton Middle School C+ C+ B- C-
3 Shady Spring Middle School B B+ A C
4 Trap Hill Middle School B- B A C-
5 Mullens Middle School C B- D C-

Independence Middle School - Quick FAQ

At the time we collected data, these were the answers to common questions about the school.

  • How many students attend Independence Middle School? 466
  • Is Independence Middle School a good school? The school received an overall grade of B, which means it is average when compared to similar schools within the state.
  • What school county is Independence Middle School in? The school is located in Raleigh County.
  • How can I contact Independence Middle School? The school's number is (304) 683-4542.
  • Where is Independence Middle School? 800 Independence Road, Sophia, West Virginia 25921

How we rate schools?

We rank middle schools across three criteria: Academics, Learning Environment, and Safety. We assess Academics primarily using statewide standardized test scores, by comparing each school’s test performance across subjects and years to the distribution of middle schools on the same tests in the state. We also assess a school’s Academics from the percent of students who passed Algebra I in 8th grade, which indicates a college academic track. Next, we evaluate a school’s Learning Environment by combining various classroom indicators, such as the ratio of teachers to students and the percent of teachers who are novice, uncertified, or chronically absent. Finally, we measure Safety from the percent of students receiving in-school and out-of-school suspensions and the reported incidents of physical altercations per 100 students. While we recognize any ranking metric is inherently subjective, we believe our grades can serve as a valuable resource to help students and parents compare neighborhood schools and find the best school to fit their desired educational needs.

Nearby Schools
Park Middle School
212 Park Avenue Beckley, WV 25801
Beckley-Stratton Middle School
401 Gray Flats Road Beckley, WV 25801
Shady Spring Middle School
500 Flat Top Road Shady Spring, WV 25918
Trap Hill Middle School
665 Coal River Road Surveyor, WV 25932
Mullens Middle School
801 Moran Avenue Mullens, WV 25882