Frequently Asked Questions

Ultimately, the goal of Barnabas Prep is growth. Prep desires to see growth in each and every student and closer to reaching his/her potential by the time they graduate from the program. We hope to see growth in their community interaction and awareness, in their working skills, in their home living skills, and in their personal spiritual lives.

While Prep pushes students toward a higher level of independent living, this does not mean that the expectation is that students will be able to living fully independent and on their own. We desire that within their particular living situation, students reach their next level of independence.

Students who are considered for enrollment must have graduated from high school or from an extended high school program and must have the potential to demonstrate improvement in an independent living situation. They also must have a desire to be at Barnabas Prep for themselves and have the desire to personally experience growth in their own lives.
At this time, we do not provide any scholarships and do not accept any form of state funding as a program. However, many families of current and former students have researched private scholarships for their student to apply towards tuition cost.
Barnabas Prep is a nine month long program following a typical collegiate schedule. Classes run September through May with school and holiday breaks in between including Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Break.
Barnabas Prep Fellows are (at least) high-school graduates who live in community with the Barnabas Prep students. Throughout the fellowship, fellows will be working alongside the students, attending classes, assisting at community workplaces, participating in community events, and teaching the students life skills.
We ask that pets stay home with other family members. This is due to possible allergies of other students. Also, we take several trips throughout the year and there will be no one to care for the animals while we are gone. (If a student has a service animal this will certainly be an exception and will be allowed.)
There are 3 meals a day at Prep in which students will be a part in the planning, shopping and meal preparation. The meals will be focused on being healthy as well as tasty. Students will learn about recipes and how to cook and bake many foods throughout the year. All meals are eaten together as a family. Special diets are taken into consideration when meal planning and accommodated for.
Our Barnabas Prep residential facility is located in Branson, Missouri. All students and fellows live on campus throughout the school year. All students have another student as a roommate and fellows live in close proximity to student rooms as well.