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Independence Academy

As the most restrictive special education program in the Adams 12 continuum of social/emotional learning, Independence Academy offers intense, individualized, and comprehensive specialized instruction in a separate school setting for students grades 6-12.  Students attending IA receive responsive, intense, and individualized instruction in social awareness, self-awareness, relationship skills, self-management and responsible decision-making as well as access to grade-level standards and academic interventions through a carefully developed and implemented multi-tiered system of support.

Program Values

At IA our staff behaves in a way that is in line with our core values:

  • Respect: We believe a lot can be achieved by treating people with respect and dignity under any and all circumstances. 

  • Integrity: Integrity is what you do when nobody's looking. As a professional, it is paramount that each individual within an organization remain professional at all times and make decisions for students based on the best interest of the student. 

  • Service: We believe that everything we do should serve the purpose of creating a safe, inclusive learning environment where students feel seen, valued, and heard.


Main Line:
(720) 972-6560

Attendance Line:
(720) 972-8276

550 East 124th Ave. 
Thornton, CO 80241

Student Hours

  • M/T/Th/F:
    8:00 am to 1:45 pm
  • Wednesday:
    8:00 am-12:15 pm 


Free and Reduced Benefits

*Attention: USDA waivers allowing free school meals were not extended. Paid meals return for the 2022-2023 school year for those who don't qualify. 

All Adams 12 Five Star Schools families are encouraged to apply online for Free and Reduced benefits.  

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