IHSAA Conference-Independent Schools

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The schools listed below are members of the Indiana High School Athletic Association and are not members of a conference. Of these, several were at one time members of a conference but became independent because of budget and travel concerns. However, some of them, mostly private schools, are also independent in order to better prepare for the state tournament, a practice that the IHSAA has begun to crack down on in recent years.

Indiana's Class System[edit]

Indiana's classes are determined by student enrollment, broken into classes of roughly equal size depending on sport. The 2011-12 school year marks a change in the classification period, as schools are reclassified in all class sports biennially instead of quadrennially.

It is also important to note that some schools (mostly private) are placed in classes higher than their enrollment. This is due to a new IHSAA rule that took effect for the 2012-13 year that dictates that a school that has made two appearances at the state championships in a row, win or lose, is automatically moved up into the next class.

Classes for 2020-21 through 2022-23: Most sports:

  • Class A: <325 Students.
  • Class AA: 325-565 Students.
  • Class AAA: 566-1089 Students.
  • Class AAAA: >1089 Students.

Football:

  • Class A: <418 students
  • Class AA: 418-591 students
  • Class AAA: 592-849 students
  • Class AAAA: 850-1499 students
  • Class AAAAA: 1500-2099 Students
  • Class AAAAAA: >2100 Students

Soccer:

  • Class A: <499 students
  • Class AA: 500-1000 students
  • Class AAA: >1000 Students

Explanation of colors[edit]

  Schools that do not play football
  Schools that are affiliate members for certain sports
  Private or parochial schools
  Military Academies
  Public Magnet Schools
  Public schools that draw from multiple counties
  Public schools that draw from multiple time zones
  Out of state schools (e.g. Mount Carmel)

Schools[edit]

These 58 Schools are independent members of the IHSAA.

School City Mascot Colors Enrollment IHSAA
Class
IHSAA
Football Class
County
21st Century Charter
School of Gary
Gary Cougars     266 A -- 45
Lake
Argos Argos Dragons       198 A -- 50
Marshall
Bethany
Christian
Goshen Bruins     148 A -- 20
Elkhart
Bowman
Academy
Gary Eagles     447 AA AA 45
Lake
Christian Academy
of Indiana
New Albany Warriors     241 A -- 22
Floyd
DeMotte
Covenant Christian
DeMotte Knights     99 A -- 37
Jasper
Culver
Military
Culver Eagles     812 AAA AAAA 50
Marshall
Elkhart
Christian
Elkhart Eagles     185 A -- 20
Elkhart
Evansville
Day School
Evansville Eagles       81 A -- 82
Vanderburgh
Evansville
Signature
Evansville Penguins       361 AA -- 82
Vanderburgh
Faith
Christian
Lafayette Eagles     203 A -- 79
Tippecanoe
Fort Wayne
Blackhawk
Fort Wayne Braves     241 A -- 02
Allen
Fort Wayne
Canterbury
Fort Wayne Cavaliers     369 AA -- 02
Allen
Indiana School
for the Blind
Indianapolis Rockets     57 A -- 49
Marion
Indiana School
for the Deaf
Indianapolis Orioles     115 A A 49
Marion
Indianapolis
Cathedral
Indianapolis Fighting Irish     1,184 AAAA AAAAA 49
Marion
Indianapolis
Herron
Indianapolis Achaeans     827 AAA -- 49
Marion
Lakewood Park
Christian
Auburn Panthers       186 A -- 17
DeKalb
Gary
Lighthouse
Gary Lions     560 AA -- 45
Lake
Oldenburg
Academy
Oldenburg Twisters     210 A A 24
Franklin
Oregon-Davis Hamlet Bobcats       182 A -- 75
Starke
Providence Clarksville Pioneers     437 AA AA 10
Clark
Rock Creek
Academy
Sellersburg Lions     137 A A 10
Clark
Trinity Lutheran Seymour Cougars     142 A A 36
Jackson

Defunct Independent Schools[edit]

These are schools that were independent at the time of their closing. This list is incomplete.

School City Mascot Colors County Year Closed Reason for Closing
Muncie
Southside
Muncie Rebels     18
Delaware
2014 consolidated
into Muncie Central
New
Harmony
New Harmony Rappites     65
Posey
2012 consolidated
into North Posey

Independent Football Members[edit]

These schools are independent in football, but play other sports within a conference.

School City Mascot Colors Enrollment IHSAA
Football Class
Primary
Conference
County
Anderson Prep Anderson Jets     309 A Pioneer 48
Madison
Tecumseh Lynnville Braves     261 A Pocket
Athletic
87
Warrick

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