Van Horn High School - Home of the Falcons


Created by Naomi Kroeger, Van Horn Junior.


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Van Horn Seniors

As you progress through your senior year, remember this information. 

Important Dates

College Center

This new webpage created by our College Advisor, Katie Meyer, 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!

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

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 7:20 AM - 2:14 PM

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.

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.