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June 2018

The Independent Early Learning Center 

Over the past several years, parents have expressed their wish for an early learning option at The Independent School. A committee was selected by the Board of Trustees to re-purpose Mrs. Garvey’s home into a vibrant new addition to The Independent School campus. Many hours of creative thought were given to selecting a purpose that both furthered our mission and honored our founder. The Independent Early Learning Center was born. When completed later this fall, Mrs. Garvey’s home will be transformed into a place that will inspire learning in an environment that is filled with natural light and views of nature from every classroom.

Early Learning Center



We assembled a team of professionals that are now moving forward with the extensive renovations necessary to complete the project. When completed the ELC will feature:

  • a well-lit parking lot for employees
  • a separate drive convenient for child drop-off and pick-up
  • four classrooms 
  • an indoor gross-motor play area
  • a nursery for infants 
  • an exploration room for active learning
  • elevator access to the lower level
  • two artificial turf playgrounds


To accommodate the necessary classrooms and work areas, the entire house has been reduced to the shell. All new mechanical, electrical and plumbing are being installed throughout the home, followed by new walls, windows, and doors.


The following activities are underway or completed:

  • City approvals for reconfiguring of the entry drives, re-zoning of the property for our specific use and the Building Permit has been issued.
  • Discussions with KDHE (Kansas Department of Health and Education) – Preliminary project survey and approval complete.
  • Phase I Site Work - Removal of the pool and pond. Approved grade changes to the back yard as directed by the Army Corps of Engineers, State of Kansas and the City of Wichita.
  • Phase II Site Work (underway) – Excavation of the front yard to accommodate new drive and parking.
  • Demolition of Interior – Demolition is complete
  • Active reconstruction efforts are now underway.