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Our History

In 1980, Mrs. Jean K. Garvey, a mother of six who was deeply committed to the education of her children, saw a need for a different type of private school in Wichita, Kansas. Starting in a small building with eight brave students and equally brave parents, The Independent School quickly grew to a student body of 146. Mr. Willard Garvey, whose construction company created homes around the world for hundreds of people, was “persuaded” to build a large building for the growing student population. The new and spacious building was quickly filled with dynamic teachers and enthusiastic pupils who were eager to learn in a warm, caring and nurturing environment. 

Today, due to Mrs. Garvey's vision, The Independent School continues to thrive. Students come from a wide variety of racial, ethnic, economic and religious backgrounds. Every year, Independent graduates are offered admission to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the nation.

The Independent School is founded by Jean Garvey.

1980

The Independent School moved to the Douglas Campus.

1984

The Middle School was established with 23 students entering 6th grade.

1991

The Upper School building opened with 17 freshmen.

1994

The first class of 16 seniors graduated.

1998

Five students were named the school’s first National Merit Scholars.

1999

The Middle School moved to their own building.

2000
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