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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.

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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.

EVERY SCHOOL TEACHES … INDEPENDENT INSPIRES.

We believe that exposure to opportunities in all areas cultivates each student’s unique potential.

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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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  • 2019 National Merit Finalist

    Congratulations to Malar Muthukumar, on being named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist! Throughout Malar's high school career, she has received recognition for her academic achievements in AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Spanish 3, and Humanities. She has led her classmates by serving as Bio Club President, Debate Captain, and Scholars' Bowl Captain. As a member of National Honor Society, Malar serves as secretary and chair of the NHS Blood Drive. Malar has placed multiple times at the State level in Piano and is part of The Independent School Madrigals and Chamber Choir.  She has given back to her Community by volunteering as a Literacy Champion and coaching the Independent Middle School Math Counts Team. The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state.  In February, some 15,000 Semifinalists are notified that they have advanced to Finalist standing. 
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  • Boys’ Swim Team Places 3rd at State

    The Independent Boys' Swim Team claimed 3rd place at the 5-1A State Meet.  Independent, placing 3rd of 40 schools, is the first 2A team to ever reach the podium at the state meet. Aidan Scott made First Team All-State, while Matthew Janssen and George Jekov were selected to Second Team All-State.  Way to go Panthers!  200 Medley Relay 6th place - Daniel Jekov, Matthew Janssen, Juan Lillig, Edward Sturm 200 Free 3rd place - George Jekov 200 Individual Medley 3rd place - Matthew Janssen 50 Free 3rd place - Aidan Scott 100 Fly 4th place - Aidan Scott 7th place - Edward Sturm 15th place - Juan Lillig 100 Free 7th place - George Jekov 200 Freestyle Relay 2nd place - Edward Sturm, Daniel Jekov, George Jekov, Aidan Scott 100 Backstroke  7th place - Daniel Jekov 100 Breaststroke 10th place - Matthew Janssen 13th place - Juan Lillig 400 Freestyle Relay 4th place - George Jekov, Edward Sturm, Matthew Janssen, Aidan Scott
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2019 National Merit Finalist

2019 National Merit Finalist

Congratulations to Malar Muthukumar, on being named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist! Throughout Malar's high school career, she has received recognition for her academic achievements in AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Spanish 3, and Humanities. She has led her classmates by serving as Bio Club President, Debate Captain, and Scholars' Bowl Captain. As a member of National Honor Society, Malar serves as secretary and chair of the NHS Blood Drive. Malar has placed multiple times at the State level in Piano and is part of The Independent School Madrigals and Chamber Choir.  She has given back to her Community by volunteering as a Literacy Champion and coaching the Independent Middle School Math Counts Team. The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state.  In February, some 15,000 Semifinalists are notified that they have advanced to Finalist standing. 
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