Welcome from the Principal

Welcome to Saint Veronica Independence Mission School.

With the help and sacrifice of Irish Immigrants this institution was founded in 1872 as a Roman Catholic Parochial School. Members of the Congregation of the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary were assigned as principal and teachers.  On July 1, 2013 it became an Independence Mission School; still Catholic, still a beacon in North Philadelphia nestled in among the neighbors at 6th and Tioga Streets and the IHM sisters are still present, offering a quality education based on the Gospel values of Jesus.

There are 195 students in Kindergarten through eighth grade; nine classroom teachers, plus Technology, Art, Music, Library and Physical Education educators. The students also benefit from the services of Elwyn and the Title 1 programs. In addition, there is a local school board that supports our needs and dreams.

We communicate in English and Spanish. We educate with SMARTboards, computers, iPads, and even pencils and books. We learn with hard effort and dedication, we celebrate with fiestas of various natures and we pray together with faith and devotion.

For the past three years, our students have held one of the first five places in First in Math. This is the joint effort of students, teachers and parents.

This academic year, we have added two programs to our curriculum;

Character Counts: Instilling self-discipline and the practice of virtue in the students.       Literacy How: A phonetic approach to reading in K to 4.

In a democratic process, two class representatives from fourth to eighth grades and five officers from eighth grade are elected to the Student Council.

The after school clubs are: First in Math, Future Cities and Chess.

We also offer extended day which is a tutoring program.

In June of 2015, our eighth grade class of twenty-one students received $89,800.00 scholarship money toward their Catholic high school education.

Twelve students from sixth, seventh and eighth grade are reading the fifteen assigned books in order to participate in the Philadelphia Reading Olympics.

Sixth graders benefit from the G.R.E.A.T. Program: Gang Resistance Education and Training.

Third grade students receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in February and the Holy Eucharist in May.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred upon the sixth grade students in May.

Every student is eligible for free breakfast and hot lunch. The Smart Partners program offers a healthy snack of fruit of vegetable three times a week.

St. Veronica after school CARES program is from dismissal to 6 o’clock PM.

Student, parents/guardians and teachers work together to form a Christian community.                                                                                                                                      If you are ever in the neighborhood, do visit, our light is always shining.