ISD High Schools: 2018-2019 Program of Studies


The Program of Studies provides secondary students with information about available courses and graduation requirements. Its purpose is to assist students in planning their four-year high school program. Students are encouraged to discuss their schedules with parents, counselors, and teachers in order to make appropriate plans for graduation, college, and/or occupational choices.

To effectively plan, students should:

  • Review graduation requirements
  • Read each course description
  • Create four-year plans 


Course Catalog

Approved courses for the 2018-2019 school year can be found under three areas in the main menu:

  1. The Academies of ISD - These are courses designated within career/college-based academies with pathways leading to an Industry-Recognized Certificate (IRC) or dual credit/Advanced Placement options.
  2. Core Subject Areas - Courses in this section come from the four core subject areas: English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
  3. Global Courses - Courses in this section come from several departments: Drama, Communication, Family and Consumer Science, Foreign Language, Music, Physical Education & Health, and Visual Arts.


Independence School District Secondary Schools

Independence Academy

600 W. Mechanic

Independence, MO 64053


Truman High School

3301 S. Noland Road

Independence, MO 64055



Van Horn High School

1109 S. Arlington Avenue

Independence, MO 64053


William Chrisman High School

1223 N. Noland Road

Independence, MO 64050



Independence School District Board of Education and Administration

  • Mr. Greg Finke, President
  • Mrs. Denise Fears, Vice President
  • Dr. Matt Mallinson, Treasurer
  • Mrs. Carrie Dixon, Director
  • Mrs. Jill Esry, Director
  • Mr. Eric Knipp, Director
  • Mr. Blake Roberson, Director
  • Dr. Dale Herl, Superintendent



The Independence School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission/access to treatment/employment in its programs and activities.

Any person having inquiries concerning Independence School District’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI and Title IX is directed to contact the Director of Instruction and Assessment. Inquiries concerning compliance with regulations implementing Section 504 are directed to the Director of Special Programs. Both coordinators are located at 201 N Forest Ave, Independence, MO 64050, telephone 521-5300, or the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education, Washington, D.C.

Any person may also contact the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, regarding the institution’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, or Section 504.