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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Truman High School is an above average, public school located in Independence, MO. It has 1,652 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 90% of students are at least proficient in math and 78% in reading.
Address
3301 S Noland Rd
Independence, MO 64055
Telephone
(816) 521-5350
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Truman High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
78%
Percent Proficient - Math
90%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1240
8 responses
Average ACT
24
181 responses
AP Enrollment
19%

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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Median Household Income
$46,268
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$807
National
$949
Median Home Value
$102,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
69%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 43 responses
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  • Spirit weeks
    21%
  • Dances
    14%
  • Sporting event
    14%
  • Theater events
    14%
  • Stuco
    12%
  • Charity Events
    9%
  • Music events
    9%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,652
Free or Reduced Lunch
48%
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.18 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.18 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.18 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$55,761
Teachers in First/Second Year
13.2%
48%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.23 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.23 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.23 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$11,579/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.25 responses
28%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.25 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.25 responses
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Truman high school is a interesting experience. You'll get a mix of different things here since there is a decent amount of things to do here. Our sport are very... something. But our arts are amazing! Our theatre is great and every show is amazing. Speech and debate is great too, with kids going to nationals every year. And we have very talented students in art, culinary, S.T.E.M., and more. Our teachers can be hit or miss. Some have changed our lifes, and others make you want to drop out. Our school can be improved, but I think people don't see the good in our school very much.
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I transferred into Truman my Junior year and the transition was pretty bumpy. Everyone was very helpful in assisting me, however everyone is so overworked that it's hard to get individual attention.
Some of my teachers were kind but I had a hard time learning the actual class material. BUT the teachers that were amazing at teaching, I've felt very confident in that class.
When it comes to sports at Truman, it's hard to get involved. There's very little information about clubs and activities, which makes it hard to be involved in school. Information is carried by word of mouth, and if you don't know certain people, you won't know about certain activities. \
Overall, my experience with Truman has been fairly positive with only some negatives. I feel my current experience is preparing me well for my transition into college.
I am teaching in my own community. I’ve lived in this neighborhood for seven years, which is not so long, but this truly is my home and it feels grounding to serve the students and families in the community where I also live. The school itself serves pre-K-12 in one building, and it has been in the neighborhood for 20+ years, so the sense of community and connection with the neighborhood is strong. Many teachers send their children to this school, and a few teachers are former students! The board of directors of the school is “constituency-based” which means, instead of including mostly outsiders to the school who join mainly to be donors, the board is comprised of representatives from the various groups who have a stake in the school--parents, community members, administrators, teachers and students.