Principal's Message

I am thrilled to welcome you back to the 2021-2022 School Year!  I would like to extend a special welcome to all of the new families joining our school this year and welcome back all of our returning families as well!  I am honored to be your principal.  Our goal at Independence is to work together to provide our students with a rich learning environment.  My vision, as the principal, is to always put kids first!

At Independence Elementary, we believe that student success is attributed to the partnership and the relationships we build within our community.  It truly does take a village!  Education is a joint venture and we greatly appreciate the support you provide for your children at home and at school to help them be successful.

Independence Elementary School is wonderful place to learn.  The students' FSA scores have been some of the highest in OCPS in previous years.  Because of the incredible scores, community involvement, and dedication of our staff, parents, and students, Independence has received an "A" school grade, has become a 5-Star School award recipient, and has been a Golden School Award winner in every year that we have been eligible.

This year's state assessment scores

State Assessment

Independence ES 2021 Scores

State Average

OCPS District Average

3rdGrade Reading

86

54

55

3rdGrade Math

79

51

51

4thGrade Reading

78

52

50

4thGrade Math

87

53

52

5thGrade Reading

88

54

53

5thGrade Math

86

51

51

5thGrade Science

78

47

50

 

  • We have earned an “A” school grade for our first four years and anticipate the same this year. Our students’ FSA scores were some of the highest in OCPS.

  • We won the Golden School Award which is given to schools with exemplary programs that promote parent and community involvement.

  • We were named a Five Star School for the past five years. This award is given to schools with exemplary community involvement.

  • We were chosen as the recipient of The John Gardner Award of Excellence (Little Red School House Award) by the Florida Association of Elementary School Principals for our academics and community service.

We are looking forward to another productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. Working and learning together, we will reach the collective and individual goals for academic achievement for all children. We encourage your membership in PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization) and SAC (School Advisory Council). Joining will give you a voice in the Volunteer/Academic environment at our school. My staff and I hope to continue our journey in education by remembering each day that we have the most precious thing in a parent’s life, and that is his/her child. I am honored to be able to see the smiling faces of my students each morning.

Dr. Angela Murphy-Osbourne
Principal