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PK-12
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Wichita, KS
Students enrolled: 545

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8317 East Douglas Avenue
Wichita, KS 67207

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(316) 686-0152
(316) 686-3918
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August 31, 2014
My experience at this school during my child's admission process recently, was not up to the mark of a private school. I had to literally follow up with the admission head at this school for my child's placement test. There was no timely response for my phone calls or even emails. Also, there was lot of follow up from my side during the school record transfer as well. I'm sorry to say that the admission staff conducted very unprofessionally and lacked commitment in my case.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
I am a student here at the Independent School. I have been reading a lot of the reviews and most have been from parents of kids that go here. I decided to give my review of a student perception here at Independent. TIS is one of the few schools where you can do a variety of activities. As a freshman, I was able to play football, basketball, baseball, be in the band and in a play. There is no bullying in our hallways about what you do, what race you are, what religion you follow, or anything. Sure the curriculum is hard, but the teachers are there for yu and want to help. I fully reccomened this school.

- submitted by a community member
January 22, 2014
The Independent School offers what we have been looking for since our son was five years old. If your kids are bright, TIS will work with you to find the top level of their potential and help push them along to grow more from there. Instead of maintaining the attitude that, "He is doing well - don't worry, " TIS asks, "How well COULD he do?" and they help him find out. Excellent choice for kids who do well in school and are proud of it. Its THE Wichita school where winning a Chess Tournament, being in a play and being the varsity quarterback are all valued - by the kids(!), not just the parents. There is no pretension at TIS, also - no pressure to have more or behave as though you do. If you know deep down that you are looking for a cute campus and a prep school visual appeal, well, how silly of you! You are supposed to be looking for the right fit for your kids (I say that with love - I was looking for "cute" at first, too). TIS. Great challenge, great families, caring educators and fantastic kids. TIS helps good students become outstanding ones. See you under the lights, all you Panther fans!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
The Independent School is wonderful! My daughter attended there for 4 years, and the curriculum is not only well-rounded, flexible, and very-hands on, but also great for kids who maybe move at a little quicker pace than average. Great camps offered during the summer, and really interesting/unusual extracurriculars during the school year. The teachers and administration were amazingly helpful and caring towards all the students, and I was continually impressed by the amount of time and effort each person at the school was investing. Communication between the staff and families was great; we were always in the loops. We were very sad to have to leave last year (we live in a different town), and if we ever have the opportunity to return, we will take it in a heartbeat. Can't recommend this school enough.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2013
This school is simply outstanding! Our son has attended for one and a half years now. The teachers are compassionate and care about greatly about developing students academically and as people. The Lower School Head is a very good leader. The learning environment at this school is among the best. I would highly recommend this school. Our son has found a home.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2013
The Independent School has been a great choice for our children! The variety of opportunities available is unsurpassed in the area. The no-cut sports policy ensures that all kids get the chance to learn what it means to be a part of a team. The TIS community is accepting and kind to all families. I have found the Lower School principal willing to listen to my concerns even about minor things. He, as well as the Head of School, has an open door policy for students, teachers and parents. The teachers work together in a collaborative way that ensures everyone succeeds. The principal sets high expectations for the students and staff. We couldn't be more pleased with our choice!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2013
Great College Preparatory School! 2012 National Merit Finalists: 4 members from the Class of 2012!!!! (highest percentage of ANY school in Wichita or surrounding areas) Average Independent School students' SAT scores: 1810 (national average 1498) Over 60% of of TIS Middle School students qualify for additional enrichment through Duke University Talent Identification & Midwest Talent Search Programs 100% of Upper School graduates and goes on to college 43% of graduates go to Out-of-State colleges $3.2 million in scholarship offers Isn't this what you want for your child(ren)?! :)

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2013
Our children have been at TIS for six years and we couldn't be more thrilled. Our children are thriving. They feel challenged and are motivated to excel. The teachers are exceptional and have met the needs of our children academially and emotionally. Our children are encouraged to participate in scholastic competitions, fine arts, and sports. We have seen our children grow and become mature, responsible young people and we feel we owe it to TIS. They love this school as much as we do and can't wait for next year!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2013
The Independent Lower School has been wonderful for my child! I have found the head of the lower school to be energizing and positive, and the teachers amazing! This has been one of the best choices we have made to send our child here.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2013
We love the lower school and several aspects of the middle and upper schools because the teachers are so well connected with the students. The education in the lower school is far superior than surrounding area schools. In some areas, that can be said of the middle and upper schools as well. However, the current Head of Lower school is unprofessional, curt with parents and down right mean to some staff while playing favorites with other staff. He actively seems to undermine school policies and the mission of the school as well as several efforts that the current head or active parents spearhead, mostly through his sheer inactivity and follow-through. Attempts to get him to properly do his job are frequently met with hot-headed redness and a verbal railing, even when he's been proven severely negligent. He lacks discretion or an understanding that parents pay his salary. Too many parents are voting with their feet.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2013
This is our tenth year at The Independent School. The education that our three children have received is far superior to that of their peers/friends at other private schools and at the public schools. Our children not only get an individualized education that challenges them, they are also encouraged to be good, kind citizens that give back to the community both locally and globally. Being able to grow and learn with classmates from all walks of life has taught them to be open and inquisitive. And as parents, we have always been encouraged to be involved in the process. We have frequent conversations with the teachers and with the administration to ensure that our kids are getting the most out of their College Prep education. The Independent School has given them a lifelong love of learning and the tools they need to be successful in college and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2013
My child has bloomed at The Independent School both academically and as a person. The teachers are very hands-on and help children discover their talents and teach them how to build on them. The graduates are prepared for college and I am impressed with the high school students who are so well-rounded.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2013
Our children all attended independent from pre-K thru 12. They were able to enjoy diverse friendships, explore a variety of activities without being pigeon-holded, including sports, drama, leadership roles and academic clubs. They are now nearly out of college and found the transition from Independent to college with ease. They were prepared and confident. It is a place of community for parents, teachers, and students. We as parents and students continue to share experiences as graduates of independent as life long friends.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2012
Great school. My son has attended since pre-K and loves the school. Excellent academics, fine arts and athletics. Standardized test scores meet or exceeds other ISACS schools. The only area ISACS certified school. The academic accompolishments exceeds other private schools in the Wichita metro area. Consistently have one of the highest percentage, relative to their student body size, of National Merit Scholars in south central Kansas. Not sure where other reviewers get their test data but check with school and you'll find out their test scores are exemplary. Catch It Kansas 2010-2011 state 3A all sports champions and consistently in the top tier 3A schools all sports rankings. Sports programs that encourage all students to particpate with 80+ percent of students in at least one sport. The biggest plus is my son enjoys going to school and what he learns is consistently a grade level above his friends that attend other area schools. Particpates in 3 sports and getting excellent education. Made the right choice 10 years ago. Highly recommend!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2012
Do your research! 5 years of this school and it was finally proven to me that their academics are below that of several public schools. in our 5 years, we saw so many turnovers in the school heads that I couldn t tell you our first one!! Beware!!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2012
As a parent and an educator who taught at top private schools on the East Coast, I can confidently state that the education at Independent is on par with competitive private schools. The school has undergone several difficult transitions over the past years with new heads, during which some standards dropped, but the current Head has put the school on a great track. Standards at every level are at or above the averages of top private schools, and our scores reflect strong academic skills. This is the only school in Wichita that is truly accredited through ISACS, fully financially audited and responsible, and on a trajectory to maintain and improve the college preparatory program. Independent School also boasts a great community of teachers and parents that work together, differentiation to the top as well as the bottom, hands-on learning opportunities, and a stellar arts/ performing arts program. For those families coming from the coasts this school does not look as posh and pretty as its local competitors, but it is the only school where the administration is clear on the purpose and goals of a private prep school.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2012
As a parent who is very involved with the school, I cannot be happier with The Independent School. Teachers are unique and bring out the best in their students. There have been many changes over the past few years and as change is usually scary, the changes at TIS have only made us a better school. The rapport between the staff members seems that of a family. The administration is strong at every level and our board of directors continue to provide a positive path for future growth. The preparation the students receive is measured by the ongoing academic successes---4 National Merits this year. There is no other school in Wichita for this family!!! For the families that left Independent, I wish them the best of luck!

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2012
My children also went there for several years- this is our last. The standardized scores are below other private schools and in areas barely comparable with public schools. It probably was a good school in its day, but has had too much turn over. 3 heads of the whole school, 3 upper school heads, 3 middle schools heads, and 4 lower school heads in the past few years with 17+ teachers leaving the lower school in the same time frame. Good sales pitch, but there is no substance there. This is not even close to college prep! The curriculum is weak . The new administration is sweet but totally lost. Do not let your chidlren be a guinea pig there

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2011
I have had two children attend The Independent School from Pre-K through High School. They have both had the best possible education that I could have hoped for. The school is small enough that they could try any activity that they were interested in and be able to fully participate. They were able to experience things that would have never been possible at a large school. They have both been fully prepared for college. My son's transition into to college was extraordinarily easy. The faculty is very nurturing, but it is very academically challenging at the same time. The other students are very accepting of new kids. I find the students to be very down to earth and easy to get along with. I am so happy that my children were lucky enough to attend the Independent School for their education.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2011
The Independent School offers a community experience and an exceptional education, both academically and in its athletics and arts. The school is now headed by Dr. Mary Dickerson who is a perfect leader for the school, and it will only get better under her leadership. The student body is diverse, and the students are taught to think independently. This is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2011
The size of the school allows my child to participate in any activity/sport she wishes to try. Very important to be able to try many different kinds of educational experiences without the fear of "being cut".

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2011
My daughter graduated from The Independent School, and was there since she was four years old. Each year, I was astounded at how wonderful her teachers were, how much they loved and cared for my daughter and all of the students. The teachers and administrators helped me through the years, including letting me know that my daughter needed speech lessons in Kindergarten, needed glasses in third grade, helped counsel me, guide me, and made me a better parent. I was active with the parents group and it was a blast volunteering for all 14 years, and now I have more wonderful friends all over town. I can't rate this school high enough!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2011
We moved our kids from a local public school district to Independent six and a half years ago. What we like most about the school is the "small town," community feel the school has for our sons and daughter. The students all know and respect each other, and no one is categorized as being an athlete or a scholar or an artsy person. Any student can be all the things they want to be. My kids participate in sports, drama, debate, Scholar's Bowl, Mock Trial, student government, and dance team (not all at the same time!), all while learning and excelling in a strong college preparatory program.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2011
As a longtime Independent School family, we are thankful for the Independent School where our children feel at home, supported individually, challenged academically, and have been able to find their passions. We have a junior in high school and an eighth grader who, without exception, have been excited to get up and go to school every morning - what more could a parent ask for? With rigorous academics and inclusive (no cut) extracurricular programming, the Independent School is a great value - both financially and culturally with our own family values of learning to think critically, be a person of good character, work effectively on team efforts, and give your best effort always. Our son will graduate next year and is considering smaller colleges where he knows his professors, teachers, and coaches well and is known by them as an individual, just like his Independent School experience of thirteen years.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2010
TIS is not just a school...it's a community. Our children have attended this fantastic school for 10 years and we could not be happier. Each child is treated as an individual and every child can participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities. The teachers are exceptional, know every child, and truly care about children, the childs education, and their profession as educators. We are very pleased with the direction the school is heading.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2010
We have been part of the TIS family for 8+ years and we have seen all of the changes and the school has remained very strong. With the new leadership from Dr. Mary Dickerson, TIS feels more like home than ever before. The teachers are the best! They are passionate about their jobs, our kids and our school! We have many more years left at TIS and we would not think of going any place else! When our kids are at school we know they are cared for and they are being well prepared for thier future!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2009
My son has just finished his first year of middle school at TIS. It was an absolutely wonderful year and it was the best decision I could have made. I have known many graduates from TIS and speaking with them and hearing about their experiences and how TIS prepared them for college life and after was a huge part of my decision to have him here. The teachers are wonderful, qualified and caring. While some of the administration are young, they are passionate about the school and supportive of the students, faculty and TIS. I wouldn't have my child anywhere else, and although it is a financial sacrifice for me to have him here, it is worth every penny! I can with all honesty recommend The Independent School to anyone out there!

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2009
My son has attending TIS for 3 years (K-2). We have seen some of the changes that have taken place. I believe in the schools mission and sometimes school get into a rut. The school is going thru the process to be ISACS member. This has really made the school even better. The teacher are wonderful and I can't see sending my son somewhere else.

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March 31, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 09, 2008
Between our children, they've attended TIS from Pre-K into high school. We're very concerned about the changes in the school recently. All 3 of the principals of the 3 schools have left, many many teachers have left the school, and the new administrators have little or no education or experience in school administration. Under the new accreditation they're moving to, teachers won't even have to have, or be able to renew, a Kansas teachers' license. The school likes to brag about the President's Blue Ribbon Award they were awarded in 2006 under the previous headmaster, but with the new leadership of the school and the high turnover of teaching staff, could TIS qualify for the award now?

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2008
Our daughter has attended TIS 8 years (Pre-K through 7th Grade). Absolutely the best school. TIS was awarded President's Blue Ribbon Award in 2006. Qualified teachers, caring Staff members. Everything is first class!

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April 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2006
I attended Independent from 6 - 12th grades, and had a wonderful experience there. The school prepared me well for a challenging collegiate experience on the East Coast; I will be graduating 'magna cum laude' this May. I am still in contact with many of the wonderful teachers from Independent, and am excitedly watching the careers of my classmates as we graduate from schools like Harvard and Duke, KU and Texas A&M. Independent provided me with the opportunities to play on state-bound athletic teams, dance, sing in the choir, and serve our community. I will ever be grateful!

- submitted by a former student
March 11, 2005
This is my sons third year at Independent and he absolutely loves it! As parents, we couldn't be happier with the education he is receiving. The teachers are very caring and they know how to meet the needs of each particular student without taking anything away from the other kids. Our son is being challenged everyday and we feel confident that his Independent education will prepare him now and in the future for any college he chooses to attend. It is a wonderful school and we would't go anywhere else!

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March 21, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2004
Excellent education and financial aid is available to those who need! A great investment. The teachers are A++ and the classes are small. My daughter was slightly below grade level when she started, she is now working at or above level is all areas!

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Independent School
8317 East Douglas Avenue, Wichita, KS  67207
(316) 686-0152
Last modified Independent School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Independent School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top