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Every School Teaches … Independent Inspires.

We invite you to schedule a visit and experience how The Independent School inspires students every day. 

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Independent Inspires Excellence

The Independent School’s commitment to academic success and individual excellence prepares students to attend the college of their choice. 

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Independent Inspires Opportunity

The Independent School inspires students to explore their interests and stretch themselves toward new challenges. With a no-cut policy, students are encouraged to get involved in a variety of extracurricular activities. 

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Independent Inspires Community

Giving back to the community is a large part of The Independent School spirit at all levels.

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Independent Inspires.

Our Mission

To provide a superior, independent, college preparatory education, serving a diverse student population in a safe, supportive community, conducive to the intellectual, emotional, and physical growth of each Independent student.

Recent News

  • Judah Hansen wins Student Filmmaker Award!

    Congratulations to Judah Hansen for winning the Student Filmmaker Award at this year's Tallgrass Film Association's Take 36, a 36-hour film competition.  Click here to see Judah's interview on KAKE (with TIS's own Joanna Pistotnik) and catch a glimpse of TIS actors Anna Bailly, and Garret Jensen! For more on Tallgrass Film Association, click here.
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  • Congratulations Laeh Dean!

    Congratulations to Senior Laeh Dean for being a Bank of America Student Leader! Student Leaders (#BofAStudentLeaders) is a signature philanthropic program that offers young people an opportunity to build their workforce and leadership skills through a paid summer internship at a local nonprofit and the ability to help improve their communities. The program also empowers these civically engaged youth at a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C.  With the nationwide program now in its fifteenth year, Bank of America has recognized nearly 3,500 Student Leaders from across the country. With its expansion to the Wichita region, as well as 29 additional new markets across the U.S., the program will engage nearly 300 young people during the summer of 2019.  Laeh Dean will work at Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas and engage with the Youth Employment Project (YEP) to help assist young adults in finding a first job or work experience opportunity. YEP services include assistance in resume creation, job searching, preparing for interviews as well as education in soft skills, customer service and money management.  CONGRATULATIONS LAEH!! We are Panther Proud!
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  • Geography Bee Champion

    Grayson Jensen, the Middle School's Geography Bee champion, has qualified for the state event. He will compete against the top 100 geography students in Kansas on March 29 at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. 
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  • 2019 Mock Trial Regional Champs

    The Independent School mock trial team captured the regional championship Saturday at the Sedgwick County Courthouse.   The varsity team was undefeated in four rounds and consisted of Alex Cline, Chase Farha, Malar Muthukumar, Edward Sturm, Peter Daood, Brandon Cope and Julia Douglas.  They will compete for the state championship on March 23rd. Alex Cline won the award for Best Direct or Cross examination, as voted on by the judges.     Independent also entered two teams in the JV division, and they captured first and second place.  The team of Reema Moussa, Grace Gill, Victoria George, Deena Eichhorn, Grace Martin, Ava Jacobsen, and Anna Bailly were undefeated.  The team of Josh Jacobsen, Madison Martin, Sense Cadman, Peyton Reynolds, Natalie Johnson, Dylan Cope and Vijay Muthukumar were 3-1, losing only to the other Panther team.
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  • Head of School Announcement

    A Letter to The Independent School Community from Your Trustees Dear Independent School families,  We are exceedingly pleased to introduce our next Head of School!  Chris English will join The Independent School as Head of School on July 1, 2019. Mr. English is currently Associate Head of School for Curriculum and Pedagogy at The Barstow School near Kansas City, Missouri. 21 years after his first teaching job as an English teacher in North Carolina, Mr. English’s educational philosophy remains focused on individualizing independent education, and his affinity for The Independent School is rooted in our mission: “I am aligned with the expectation of excellence at The Independent School and the apparent lasting self-efficacy that is built there through perseverance and challenge. Most important to me is the sense of family… It is the belief that a school community binds its members together to achieve great purpose.” Before joining The Barstow School, Mr. English served as Assistant Head of School at Wasatch Academy in Utah, where he developed the skills and academic drive he’ll employ at The Independent School to move our current programs and projects forward. He already follows our school’s teams and clubs and is rooting for every panther.  When we sent a quick note to let him know that our Boys Swim Team placed 3rd in State (a first for a 2A school), Mr. English already knew and was eager for our next story.  Mr. English is quick to mention his family in conversation. His wife, Lori, is a counselor for school aged children. Their twin daughters, Kate and Emma, are high school seniors preparing for university in the fall of 2019. The English family enjoys hiking, rafting, cooking and home remodeling.  A Quick Review Our 18- person Head of School Search Committee included faculty, fine arts and sports leadership, a Human Resources professional, a retired teacher, a Panther grandparent, and dedicated Panther parents. In October, the committee narrowed a diversely skilled field of candidates to a group of semi-finalists and interviewed six. They presented three finalists to our trustees for further consideration near the end of November. We invited the finalists to our campus in January for tours, interviews, to make presentations and to visit our city as a potential future home. School trustees remain indebted to the committee for their devotion and reasoned choices.   To Our Community Thank you for your spirited input and patient trust. We now turn our attention to a smooth leadership transition. Thanks Are Due The detailed finalist campus visits sparkled with quintessential Independent School moments. Special thanks are due to Karen Norton and Jill Tinsley for their guidance and attention to detail and to our division heads for making room for our guests during busy school days. If your Upper School student met with candidates for lunch, know that the students presented the essence of our school and that we are grateful to them. We also owe extreme gratitude to Stephanie Scheck, at Stinson Leonard Street LLP, for her counsel.  Next Steps Opportunities to meet the English family and welcome them to The Independent School will be announced in coming weeks. Please, read your upcoming newsletters to stay informed. Onward Independent Panthers,   Gwynne Birzer Chair, Head of Search Selection Committee And Your Board of Trustees To provide a superior, independent, college preparatory education, serving a diverse student population in a safe, supportive community, conducive to the intellectual, emotional, and physical growth of each Independent student.
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Jostens Renaissance National Staffulty Member of the Month

Jostens Renaissance National Staffulty Member of the Month

We're proud to announce that Allison Raney, Dean of Students, is the recipient of the Jostens Renaissance National Staffulty Member of the Month Award for January 2019! The award recognizes faculty who has made an impact within their school through Jostens Renaissance. The core of the program revolves around the five R's: what you Respect, Reward, Recognize, and Reinforce = Results. Mrs. Raney was selected because she's led the efforts to ensure that the climate and culture within the Independent Upper School is focused around the success of all students and staff.
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