Independence - A Special Place
Independence Elementary School is located in Aurora, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. We are a Title I school serving a wonderfully diverse population of 500 students, grades Kindergarten-5th. As school serving a predominantly minority population, our students are 28% Hispanic, 17% Black or African American, 3% Asian, 1% Native American or Pacific Islander or Other, 13% Multiple Races, and 38% White. Independence also houses an ILC (Significant Special Needs) program and a primary BD (Behavior Development) self-contained classroom. Our staff is comprised of highly educated and dedicated teachers. Within the school community, there are 14 different languages spoken, including 65 students identified as English Language Learners. The various languages include, Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Chinese, Korean, Mongolian, Pashto, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese, Nepali, and Kushal. We are surrounded by a community of hardworking families, including foster families, grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, and several homeless families. There are 58.23% families at Independence currently qualifying for Free and Reduced Price Meals. Due to possible language barriers, there may be additional families who qualify, yet are uncertain about the paperwork and/or disclosing their socioeconomic status. All of the families send us the best that they have, and as educators, we love and nurture the potential in all 500 of our students.