Van Horn High School


For a complete breakdown and explanation of the Academies please go to the link below.

The Academies of the ISD  

For information regarding core class enrollment requirements, please watch the video link below.

High School Enrollment

For information regarding High School graduation requirements and college admission requirements, please go to the link below.

Graduation Requirements


Watch the video HERE.


Monday, Tuesday and Friday 7:20 AM-2:23 PM

*Wednesday and Thursday 7:20 AM-1:50 PM

*This change is to best meet the needs of our students and staff.  As we implement Career Academies, it is important we provide time for staff to collaborate and plan as Academy teams. Students who participate in after school activities will be able to stay at school on Wednesday and Thursday until practice begins at 2:45.  We will provide engaging activities during this time to support student academic success.


During severe weather, school personnel will be monitoring conditions through local news reports and the National Weather Service. Each school is equipped with radios for scanning the National Weather Service. All schools conduct tornado drills with students at least twice a year to ensure they are aware of procedures.

Tornado Warning

  • Students and staff will move to designated safe places and proceed into the precautionary duck and cover position.
  • Please refrain from coming to school to pick up your child during a tornado warning as staff will be keeping students safe and unable to respond to parent requests.  
  • Students will not be dismissed from school while the area is under a tornado warning.
  • Students will be held at school and buses will not be allowed to transport students until the tornado warning has been lifted and the all clear is given.

Communication Procedures

  • Phones may not be answered during a tornado warning, as students and staff will be in the precautionary duck and cover position.
  • Parents will be notified via the SchoolMessenger notification system of any changes in transportation, as well as school delays associated with a tornado warning.
  • The ISD will share updates via the District website and ISD Facebook and Twitter as soon as information becomes available. 
College Center

This new webpage created by our College Advisor, Kathia Lara, has a tremendous amount of information including campus visits, scholarship searches and what you should be doing NOW to prepare for your future.

Check it out!

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Apply Missouri

Apply Missouri - Helping students find the best fit for higher education.  Van Horn's goal is to have each senior apply to at least one college before the end of the month of October!  

This is Van Horn’s third year participating in Apply Missouri! Over the course of the month, there will be activities to help create a college going culture with underclassmen, assist seniors and parents with the college going process, and generate excitement and engagement among students about their future after high school.

 For more information - Apply Missouri

A+ Scholarship Program

The A+ Program is a scholarship program through the Missouri Department of Higher Education.  You can find complete information from the Missouri Department of Higher Education at

For ISD specific information and forms  

A+ FAQs and Forms

For a list of 4 year institutions that take A+ check out 

A+ Program on our College Center Website


Find the video HERE.


Van Horn High School
1109 S. Arlington Avenue
Independence, MO 64053

Phone:  816.521.5360
Fax: 816.521.5610

Principal: Randy Maglinger
School Times:

Monday, Tuesday and Friday 7:20 AM-2:23 PM

Wednesday and Thursday 7:20 AM-1:50 PM


Quick Links

SATURDAY SCHOOL SIGN UP:  Saturday School is offered twice a month for students to have time to make up assignments while having access to school resources (textbooks, computers, teacher assistance, etc.). If you are planning to attend Saturday School, you must bring your valid student ID.  Saturday School goes from 8 am to noon. You may come anytime during those hours, and you can leave early if you need to do something else.  If you have lost your student ID, please get a replacement ID in the library before you arrive at Saturday School. Sign up using the link below:


FALCON PARENTS CLUB  The Falcon Parents Club mission is to enrich the lives of parents/guardians by providing a free monthly workshop session and activity lead by community individuals and businesses.

INTERVENTION RECORD:  Click HERE to fill out the form when you attend a Thursday Intervention Session.

Click HERE for the 2016-2017 Student Handbook.

Click HERE for Counseling Center and Enrollment Information.

Click HERE to go to the Library Media website.

Welcome and Mission Statement

The students, faculty, and staff of Van Horn High School welcome you to our learning community. Van Horn High School opened its doors in 1955. At the start of the 2008-2009 school year, Van Horn joined the family of the Independence School District. Independence is committed to ensuring that each graduating class of Falcons fulfills the school motto and all “Dare to Be Wise!” 

Our Mission

At Van Horn High School we build positive relationships, achieve high academic standards, and develop literacy in order to engage the world.

Van Horn Shines in our Community

To see photos and articles from previous years check out 

 Highlights 2013-2014

Highlights 2014-2015

Van Horn High School established 1955

Van Horn opened in 1955 and the first class graduated in 1956.  It was originally constructed in 1955 on the site of Honeywood, house of former Civil War era Kansas City mayor, Robert T. Van Horn, a prominent newspaper publisher and statesman. 

School Information

1109 South Arlington Avenue  Independence, Missouri 64053

Main Line: 816.521.5360 

Fax: 816.521.5610

Attendance Line: 816.521.5429


Main Office Hours

Monday-Friday 7 AM - 3:30 PM


School Hours

Doors Open at 7 AM

Classes M/Tu/F 7:20 AM - 2:23 PM 

            W/Th 7:20-1:50

Please remember that a picture ID is required for entry into the building.  This policy is in effect in order to protect the safety of our students and staff.