Why St. Timothy's?

Why an Episcopal School?


Beyond “educating the whole child,” which is an essential part of any good independent school education, St. Timothy’s prepares young women to take what they have learned and use it to create greater understanding within their communities and to become ethical leaders who will work to transform the world in positive ways. 
St. Timothy’s School, in adopting the international Baccalaureate Program of study, simultaneously strengthened its vision and mission as an Episcopal school and created one of the most powerful learning environments for girls in the country. Still one of only a handful of IB World Schools for girls in the United States, St. Timothy’s offers a highly effective way for young women to prepare for leadership in the 21st century. St. Timothy’s Episcopal roots give added value to study in the IB program, which is enhanced by the varied perspectives and deep understanding its religious studies courses and chapel services provide. 
St. Timothy’s affirms the centrality and intentionality of religious studies in an environment that embraces and accepts a diversity of religious beliefs and traditions. In the classroom, the study of world religions is a scholarly pursuit, while chapel provides the opportunity for reflection, prayer, and spiritual growth. In this enriched academic environment, students are able to pursue their studies in a context that is multidimensional and complex in real-world ways, and students gain perspective that allows them to appreciate and better understand their own cultures and traditions. 
To become a global citizen, in the manner that the IB program requires, one must have an understanding of the many types of religious expressions at work in the world. Episcopal schools, like St. Timothy’s, play an important role in helping to develop religious literacy. Knowledge of the Bible provides a powerful lens through which to learn about art, history, music, literature, and philosophy; its study informs one’s perspective on contemporary issues. 
Episcopal schools thrive in diverse environments because they welcome and learn from people of all religious faiths, and they have a commitment to seeking and teaching greater understanding within religiously and culturally blended communities. Diverse by nature, Episcopal schools place an emphasis on moral and ethical growth, as education is itself regarded as a moral enterprise – learning with an eye toward ethical outcomes. St. Timothy’ strives to foster an atmosphere of critical and ethical reflection in the classroom.

As a true and vital place of deep, meaningful, and ethical learning, St. Timothy’s School is a dynamic and intellectually powerful community that prepares young women for lives of leadership, learning, service, and full attention to one’s spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being. St. Timothy’s School is a demonstrated leader in the National Association of Episcopal Schools’ “Principles of Good Practice for the Study of Religion,” and we are assured of the value of our Anglican heritage and Episcopal roots in the excellent progress of our students and the admirable paths chosen by so many of our alumnae.
Chartered in 1832, St. Timothy's School is a private boarding and day school for girls in grades 9 through 12, located in Stevenson, Maryland. St. Timothy's offers the world-renowned International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (DP) for grades 11 and 12, and Middle Years Program (MYP) for grades 9 and 10.