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 2011-12 through 2012-13: Most sports:

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

Football:

  • Class A: 71-408 students
  • Class AA: 408-555 students
  • Class AAA: 557-808 students
  • Class AAAA: 809-1489 students
  • Class AAAAA: 1496-1929 students
  • Class AAAAAA 1935-4808 students

Soccer:

  • Class A: 62-721 students
  • Class AA: 721-4808 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
Eminence Eminence Eels                116 A -- 55
Morgan
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
Indianapolis
Tindley
Indianapolis Tigers           273 A A 49
Marion
Irvington
Community
Indianapolis Ravens           342 AA -- 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
Boone
Grove
Valparaiso Wolves           543 AA Porter
County
64
Porter
Edinburgh
Community
Edinburgh Lancers                269 A Mid-Hoosier 41
Johnson
Monroe
Central
Parker City Golden Bears                316 A Mid-Eastern 68
Randolph
Tecumseh Lynnville Braves              261 A Pocket
Athletic
87
Warrick

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