Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why OMSSI?

    Families have relied on Our Mother of Sorrows / Saint Ignatius of Loyola to help their children reach their God-given potential for over 130 years. Today’s students have more resources than ever before, including weekly courses in art, music, and gym, computer labs, wireless classrooms, nutrition education, before and after school care, support for struggling learners, counseling, and more. Our safe and supportive environment allow students to focus on personal and academic development.

  • What makes an Independence Mission School different?

    Independence Mission Schools are a network of independent, Catholic schools dedicated to educating your child for a successful future. They do this by providing a high-quality academic program centered in Catholic values of charity, prayer, respect for everyone, and development of strong families.

  • Does my child need to be Catholic and a member of your parish?

    No — students of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome at OMSSI! As a Catholic school, each student will be expected to participate in daily prayer and religious education. Monthly mass or prayer services will be celebrated with students and teachers, and all family members are invited to attend.

  • Do you offer financial assistance?

    Yes! OMSSI is a tuition-assisted school, with families receiving scholarships based on need. For more information, visit our Tuition & Financial Aid page.

  • Do you offer transportation?

    SEPTA transpasses are available to 1st to 8th graders who live more than 1.5 miles away from school and qualify through the School District of Philadelphia Department of Transportation.

  • Do you offer before and after care?

    Yes, before care is available from 7 am to 8 am, and there is breakfast served each day. There is no charge for morning care or breakfast. Aftercare runs from 3:15 pm to 6:00 pm daily. After school care costs $7 per day for the first child and $5 per day for each additional child in the family. Parents can pick up at any time during this window. There is a snack served each day in aftercare.

  • Do you offer a breakfast and lunch program?

    Yes! All students receive free breakfast and lunch through a special program with Nutritional Development Services. No forms need to be filled out to be accepted into this program.

  • Do you offer special assistance for learning disabilities?

    We accept a wide range of learners and are happy to review students work and progress from other schools. If we do not feel we can service you child, we will give you an honest assessment from the start. Please call to determine if we will be able to assist.

  • When will I find out if we have received financial aid?

    As an Independence Mission School, we strive to deliver a high-quality education for an affordable price. All students must be enrolled and accepted before a decision on financial aid will be made. Our enrollment specialists will be able to give you a close estimate of the monthly amount you can expect to pay during your school tour.

  • How old does my child need to be for Kindergarten?

    Students must be 5-years-old before September 1st in order to begin Kindergarten.

  • How old does my child need to be for Pre-School?

    Students need to be four-years-old before September 1st in order to begin Pre-K.

  • How many students are in each class?

    The maximum number of students for our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classrooms is 20 students. Most other classes are capped at 30.

  • Can I pay my tuition in cash?

    The easiest way to pay tuition is via credit card, automatic bank transfer, or check via TADS. You can also take cash payments, along with a copy of your tuition bill, to one of several certified locations around the city. There is a small fee at these locations. Please get a list of current locations from the school office or on the forms page.