Our Mission

Independence Mission Schools (IMS) provides a transformative Catholic education that develops students intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually and that provides children of all faiths across the city of Philadelphia the opportunity to learn in a college preparatory environment and grow in a culture of love, setting them on the path to a promising future.

As part of the Independence Mission Schools (IMS) network of 15 Catholic schools, St. Barnabas Catholic School is living out the IMS mission: Our scholars shine as a positive light illuminating their community, acting as beacons of God’s faith. In an environment filled with joy and love, our students will experience rigorous, standards-based, student-centered education that prepares them for high school and beyond. Together, staff and families encourage students to become resilient, peaceful, and empathetic individuals who give service to the world around them.