Van Horn High School


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

*Wednesday 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 until practice begins at 2:45.  We will provide engaging activities during this time to support student academic success.

Parent Access to PowerSchool Tutorial

Parents, if you want access to PowerSchool so that you can check your student's grades and/or attendance, click HERE for a how-to video.




   Just a reminder that Summer School is housed at Wiliam Chrisman for       the 2018 Summer.  Van Horn is a satelite location for credit recovery and     athletics.

Thank you Falcon Family!

We would love for you to be a part of Van Horn's Project Shine team.  There is something for everyone.  Project Shine is on June 23rd.  Sign up today.





Please click HERE to access the "Senior Important Dates 2017-2018" document.


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

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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1109 South Arlington Avenue Independence, Missouri 64053

Main Office Hours M-F: 7AM-3:30PM

Main Line: 816.521.5360 

Attendance Line: 816.521.5429

Fax: 816.521.5610

Principal: Justin Woods

School Times

Doors Open: 7 AM

M,T,Th,F: 7:20 AM-2:23 PM

Wednesday  7:20 AM-1:50 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, Mission Statement, and History


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!” 


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


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.

Quick Links

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

Saturday School - Click HERE to sign up for any of the Saturday School dates.  All Saturday Schools will be located at: ISD Central Office Cafeteria at 201 N.Forest Ave.

Click HERE for the video on Parent Access to PowerSchool Tutorial.

Click HERE for the 2017-2018 Student Handbook.

Click HERE for Counseling Center and Enrollment Information.

Click HERE to go to the Library Media website.