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8100 Rahke Road
Principal: Debbie Perkins
St. Barnabas Grade School opened its doors in 1965. It was built on a foundation of Catholic faith, stewardship and strong scholastic expectations. The school has flourished by offering a balance of outstanding academic instruction and religious formation.
St. Barnabas Parish has been committed to total stewardship since its beginning and, as a ministry of the parish, our school is supported through the time, talent and treasure of the parish families. Our mission of helping children to “Grow in mind, heart, and spirit to become leaders of the world” flows from this commitment and guides what we do each day.
St. Barnabas’ 508 students in Grades pre-K through 8 are served by an administration, a faculty of 33 and a staff of 11. The school’s excellence in education is a result of its solid commitment to exemplary teaching and cooperative partnership with parents. Students understand the importance of being prepared for the next level and work diligently to achieve success. Involvement in service to others is integral in their development daily, with our Catholic faith as the foundation for all actions. Parental involvement is vital to the success of our students and teachers, and nearly all parents support the school through some form of volunteerism. Our parents are active in their children’s learning and contribute their gifts to support the school ministry.
Our faculty and staff are a major strength, dedicated to helping each child grow. At St. Barnabas it is believed that it is not sufficient to only develop good students; we are also committed to developing good people.
Why did you pick Catholic education?
“I believe in living our faith in all we do in education. Catholic schools allow me to do that. Our focus is on developing good people as well as good students, guided by Christ’s teaching.
What is your favorite school event, and how does it impact the students and faculty?
That is hard to choose. The middle school musical, the volleyball game between the eighth-graders and faculty, Pioneer Day and Tour-de-France – to name a few – are really fun events. I think our service projects involving the whole school are the most meaningful to all of us. Weekly liturgy with our choir and musicians consisting of 70-plus students is the highlight of each week.