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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.


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

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Recent News

  • COVID-19: Spring Break Extended

    Dear TIS Family,  The Greater Wichita community has a presumptive positive case of COVID-19, and in an effort to be proactive and reduce the possible spread among our school family, and in the interest of the health and well-being of our students, families, faculty and staff, The Independent School will be extending Spring Break. Students will return to campus on March 30. Please understand that this information may change as we monitor local developments. Offices will be open and staffed by administration and administrative staff starting on Monday, March 23. All faculty will be available through email beginning on March 23. All faculty and staff will report to campus on Wednesday, March 25. Upper School courses, particularly Advanced Placement courses, will reach out to students on a class-by-class basis to provide continued curriculum. All extra-curricular activities and school events are cancelled until March 30. Softball Field Dedication Ceremony is postponed until further notice. March 23-27 all faculty will prepare for possible delivery of online instruction in case of an extension of school closings. What this means for Curriculum Each year, we plan for the eventuality of a school closing due to weather.  We were fortunate to have only used one snow day this year, and are confident that an extended break will not disrupt our year-long curricular goals. We encourage all of our families to explore the learning opportunities that are available to them during this break. Make time for reading, art, and music.  Take time to design something, build something, or try something new. This is an opportunity to allow our life-long learning habits to engage our minds and hands and occupy our time. Early Learning Center The Early Learning Center plans to remain open at this time. We understand that many of you may choose to have your child remain at home to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. We ask that families notify us immediately, with a deadline of 12:00 (noon) Saturday, March 14 if your child will not be attending next week.  Please contact Megan Richardson at megan.richardson@theindependentschool.com  You will not be charged if you notify us that your child is not attending next week. Typical charges will apply if no notice is given.   COVID-19 and Travel Please take precautions, and as you make decisions about travel plans, we encourage you to stay informed of changes in restrictions for COVID-19.  Please use the following resources for more information regarding travel restrictions and recommendation: CDC Travel Health Notices US Department of State Travel Advisories Information changes rapidly, and we ask that you check multiple sources to make informed travel decisions. The Independent School asks that students, parents, faculty, staff, and volunteers who are traveling to and/or returning from CDC Level 2 or 3 areas, or whose household members are returning from CDC Level 2 or 3 areas, not to return to school until a 14-day period has elapsed following their return to the United States, and to obtain medical clearance before returning to campus.  If you travel to these areas, we ask you to self-report via email to Amy Smith, Director of Admissions, at amy.smith@theindependentschool.com. We will communicate any future decisions in a timely manner through email, social media, and text.  If you have any questions relating to our policies and procedures, please feel free to contact your respective division head or me.    School Contacts: Lower School Head Alyssa.Boyer@theindependentschool.com Middle School Head Julie.Barrett@theindependentschool.com Upper School Head Brian.Hutton@theindependentschool.com Head of School chris.english@theindependentschool.com   Thank you,   Chris English Head of School
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  • Limited Time Online Apparel Store

    Just in time for the Holidays! The Independent School is offering an online apparel store until November 14th!  All ordered items will be shipped to the customer’s home and should arrive before Christmas.  Click here, or copy and paste the link below.  Access Code is INDY19 https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/INDY19
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  • District Honor Band

    Seniors Peter Daood and Malina Wagner have been selected to perform in the SCKMEA 1234A District Honor Band.  Both students auditioned Saturday at Goddard Eisenhower HS against some of the very best band musicians in the South Central Kansas area, and both received 2nd chair in their respective sections (alto saxophone and bass clarinet, respectively).  They will perform on Dec 7 at Wichita HS East with the honor band and clinician Dr. Tom Seddon from Washburn University, and have earned the opportunity to audition for the All-State Ensembles in January.
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  • Best Private School - Four Years in a Row

    The Independent School is proud to be the #1 Private School in Wichita according to the Wichita Eagle Reader's Choice poll!
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  • Home Football this Friday!

    Join us this Friday Night, Sept 20th for our first Panthers Football homegame of the season!  
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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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