Van Horn High School - Home of the Falcons

JROTC - Van Horn High School including Ice Bucket Challenge with Principal Layden and Colonel Byrd

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!

School Activities Calendar Now Online!

Want to know what's happening with our Van Horn students?

School Activities Calendar

Van Horn Shines in our Community

To see photos and articles check out Falcon Highlights.

Falcon Class of 2015

Calendar of Events 

all dates/events listed are subject to change.  


Van Horn Dates to Remember
Van Horn Senior Earns Prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship

Cierra Sua from Van Horn High School is the proud recipient of  The Gates Millennium Scholarship for the Class of 2014.

The highly competitive scholarship, funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, pays for the entire cost of tuition to any accredited college or university in the United States.

The scholarship will also pay for certain doctorate programs.

More  than 54,000 students applied and Cierra was one of only a 1,000 students chosen as a recipient of the major scholarship.

Cierra plans to attend the University of Utah and major in Elementary Education.

Last school year,  David Daniel a senior at William Chrisman High School and Rungrote Athajarusith a senior at Van Horn High School earned the prestigious Scholarship for the Class of 2013.

David Daniel attends Harvard and Athajarusith attends the University of Central Florida.

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.