Recent News

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Van Horn Cadet Advances to National Essay Contest Finals

Van Horn senior Nicholas Hickman wins Army JROTC Brigade essay contest and his work advances for national consideration against 12 other cadet essays from across the United States.


Summer Jobs Available in the ISD

Summer jobs are available in the ISD in the maintenance and transportation department- perfect for students!

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ISD Graduation is Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Independence Academy graduation is at William Chrisman at 9 a.m. Ceremonies for the other ISD high schools are at the Community of Christ Auditorium with Truman at 11 a.m., Van Horn at 2 p.m. and William Chrisman at 5 p.m.


Two ISD Students Receive Prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship

More than 50,000 students nationwide applied, but William Chrisman’s Ronnie Cravens and Van Horn’s Daniel Serres were two of just 1,000 recipients of the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship.


Two Original Works by ISD Students Featured in The Coterie Theatre’s Young Playwrights’ Festival

Two ISD students, Van Horn High School’s Mallory Kneece and Truman High School’s Antonyo Byrd II, had their original works selected for performance in The Coterie Theatre’s Young Playwrights’ Festival Sunday, May 1.


Chrisman Student Named State Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Club

Because of her leadership, service to others and academic excellence, William Chrisman sophomore Vanesa Rodriguez is the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 2016 Missouri Youth of the Year.

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Van Horn Principal Named New Principal of the Year

Van Horn High School Principal Randy Maglinger was named the Exemplary New Principal of the Year by the Greater Kansas City Principal’s Association.

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ISD Looking for School Bus Drivers

The Independence School District is hiring school bus drivers.


Van Horn Takes Home Several Awards from Science and Engineering Fair

Several Van Horn students won awards during the 65th annual Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair inside historic Union Station.

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Truman Club Receives National Charter, Prepares to Send Backpacks to Honduras

Truman High School’s Interact Club- a Rotary Club-sponsored organization- received their National Charter from the Independence Rotary Club.

Mission By providing quality education, the Independence School District will ensure that each learner will achieve the skills and self-confidence to be successful in an ever-changing world.

School Calendars

Upcoming Board of Education Meeting
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 6 p.m.