Why St. Timothy's?

Why the IB?


When Miss Sally and Miss Polly established St. Timothy’s School in 1882, many questioned the need for such an educational institution and considered their work irrelevant. The adversity was great at times, but the Carter sisters would not be deterred. They struggled against the greatest odds to establish a foundation of educational excellence for girls that has stood the test of time and made possible the opportunities so many women enjoy today.

Daniel Pink, in his book titled A Whole New Mind, writes that the 21st century will actually belong to the right brain, which means that success will be increasingly measured by creativity and empathy.  Pink suggests that in this new-age economy the real growth and entrepreneurial spirit will be built on the inventive, empathetic, big-picture understanding of what he calls the “Conceptual Age.”  As such, the rewards will go to creators, empathizers, and meaning makers, such as artists, inventors, designers and storytellers. With the right brain gaining prominence, a new creative class will emerge, according to Pink.

In his book, Five Minds for the Future, Howard Gardner reinforces this message by emphasizing that the five methods of thinking that he believes will be critical for success in making a better world. These methods of thinking are based on:

1. Mastering an important subject matter (such as history, math, or science) and staying up to date through application of the discipline's method of thinking. 
2. Having the ability to integrate quantities of multidisciplinary facts and apply them to one's work. 
3. Posing new questions, developing new solutions, stretching disciplines and genres in new directions and building new disciplines. 
4. Appreciating the perspectives and experiences of those who are different than the individual. 
5. Doing one's work in an ethical way that reflects responsibility to others and society. 

It is clear that a new educational approach is needed and that the responsibility of educators can no longer be limited to preparing good mathematicians, biologists or historians.  The mission of our School today must be to prepare young women – the decision-makers of tomorrow – to live in a complex, multicultural society.  This requires us to place increasing emphasis on the need to fit academic studies into a human and global context and to prepare students for the social and moral challenges that await them in our complex world.  The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB), which we launched in 2006, has a proven track record for providing just this type of holistic education.

St. Timothy's School is committed to the idea that effective leadership is essential to the common good and all our students will be expected to lead. By “leadership,” we mean the acts, great and small, of individuals and groups as they tackle challenges facing a community or society. Our Global Immersion Program, which brings world leaders to our campus and also allows our students to travel to New York and Washington, D.C., as well as other parts of the globe is another example of St. Timothy’s commitment to developing a new generation of leaders by exposing them to various perspectives of global thinking.

St. Timothy’s School is committed to helping girls develop the broad skill set that 21st-century leadership demands.  We expect our graduates to make a real difference in their communities -- professionally, politically and socially – and we believe the IB program helps us to achieve that goal.
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.