Empowering students with autism to achieve their greatest potential in all aspects of their lives.

January, 2024

Dear Friends,

Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~Gandhi

The Timothy School was established in 1966, with the wish to change the world for children with autism, through a school-based education. What started as a wish and the determination of one teacher and her classroom of 9 students, has evolved into a powerful mission.

Today, The Timothy School boasts a team of approximately 80 dedicated teachers, aides, and specialists, providing education to 70 students from over 25 school districts in Southeastern PA.

A cornerstone of our curriculum is the community-based instruction and enrichment activities, which play a crucial role in promoting the application of concepts and skills learned in the classroom. These activities include grocery shopping, exercising at the fitness center, trips to the library, eating lunch at local restaurants, classes with the Wayne Art Center and bowling at Devon Lanes. Additionally, our Secondary Program students are engaged in internships at local businesses.

Community involvement not only supports our students’ real-life skills, but leads to increased awareness and inclusion of individuals with autism.We have witnessed the positive impact of this approach over the years and are grateful for every business, organization, restaurant and store that has welcomed our students and contributed to this transformation.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported our simple wish and complex mission to transform the world for our students and their families. Your generosity and support is instrumental in advancing the school’s vision and goals.

Best Wishes,

Sarah Louise Hale


The Timothy School

(610) 725-0755

973 Old Lancaster Road

Berwyn, PA 19312




2023 Year in Review

The Timothy School students, faculty, staff and families had a wonderful year.

Please enjoy this special video memory book created by our Supervisor of Secondary Education, Cheryl Halferty-Mark.

Year End Review with The Timothy School Students

Hello 2024!

After a long winter break, The Timothy School students were happy to reunite with their teachers and classmates and return to their school routine. Lindsey Gordon’s Elementary class was back at work in their Communication Speech Group with Speech Pathologist and AAC Specialist, Ashley Johnson. They enjoyed jamming out to the January song, completed “What’s Next?” worksheets and practiced requesting skills, using their AAC devices for support.

Their busy day continued with shopping at the school store, bowling with Missy Mundy in gym class to prepare for their trip to Devon Lanes and making a joyful noise in music class with music therapist, Jake Mauersberg. 

Thanks to your support, The Timothy School has SURPASSED our Winter Goal of $20,000.00 and raised $22,516.00 for The Timothy Fund!  

We are more than halfway to our fiscal year goal of $150,000.00. Please consider making a gift today. Remember, 94 cents of every dollar goes directly to the programs for our students.


Biking Around

A few days before winter break, The Timothy School received a special delivery of new Berg Bikes, donated by DFB also known as Dom Fixes Bikes.

We are grateful to Dom and his team of elves for their generosity and thoughtfulness!

The students were excited to see the new additions to the playground.

Let the Good Times Roll!

You are invited to join The Timothy School for an evening of fun, friendship and fundraising. Thank you to The Scott Furman Group for their generous sponsorship of this special event to benefit The Timothy School.


Purchase Tickets

"I am honored to support The Timothy School, dedicated to enriching the lives of students with autism and positively impacting countless families in our community. The remarkable work done by The Timothy School is truly commendable and I invite you to join us in supporting them.”

– Scott Furman, RE/MAX Classic. 610-687-2962.

The Art of Reading

Paige Steinkomph’s Middle School students have been reading "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," by Roald Dahl. TTS’s Reading Specialist Assistant, artist and proud alumnae, Phoebe Murer, has been providing creative ways to learn and comprehend the book. “I incorporate the art component to the reading program," Phoebe explains. "In this reading activity, the class made up their own candy and used adjectives to describe it. I drew the story on the Smart Board and the students followed along and drew it, as well." We are impressed with Joshua's drawing, shown above.

Hire Autism

The Timothy School is excited about our new partnership with Hire Autism, a program led and run by the Organization for Autism Research. Thank you to the Hire Autism team, Courtney Carroll and Brittany Short, for joining TTS Transition Supervisor, Adam Carter, and Social Worker, Jackie Mellinger, to host our Parent Panel and presenting the opportunities and resources Hire Autism provides individuals with autism.

The Timothy School's Transition Program is a vital bridge between school and adulthood, to prepare our students for life after graduation. If your business or organization is interested in offering internship or job opportunities for our students, please contact shale@thetimothyschool.org. Thank you!

Pictured: The Timothy School students working at their off-campus internships at Wawa and Holiday Inn Express.

Sensory Inclusive Philadelphia

On Tuesday, December 19, 2023, former Mayor Jim Kenney and KultureCity (as well as The Phillie Phanatic and Swoop!) named Philadelphia the first-ever US city to be Sensory Inclusive Certified. The Timothy School applauds the city of Philadelphia on being named the first sensory inclusive city and creating more opportunities for our students throughout the area.

For many years, The Timothy School has emphasized the importance of sensory integration and regulation for our students to enable them to achieve success in all environments,” expressed Sarah Greim, Executive Director of The Timothy School. “From weighted vests and sensory seat cushions in the classroom to noise-reduction headphones and fidget tools on community based instruction outings, our integrated teams (occupational therapists, special education teachers and speech therapists) have collaborated on ways to help students persist through sensory processing difficulties regardless of their environment. Doing so has allowed them to fully access activities and events within their own communities.” 

Show that special someone how much you love them with a hand crafted gift by our talented students. 

The Timothy Crafters is one of the unique programs offered at The Timothy School. As part of the on-campus internship program, students in the Middle and Secondary Programs learn and practice valuable skills by making professional-quality crafts while in a relaxed, social setting. The Timothy School's young entrepreneurs then sell the items to benefit the school's annual fund. 

The Timothy School is hiring! Learn how you can make a difference in the lives of our students and their families


Saturday, February 10, 2024: Bowling Event, Devon Lanes

Monday, May 13, 2024: 30th Annual Golf Classic 

Saturday, June 1, 2024: Community Day

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The Timothy School is the oldest non-profit approved private school in Pennsylvania devoted exclusively to teaching students with autism. Since 1966, we have worked to develop an understanding of autism that recognizes the strengths and uniqueness of our students and the specialized methods needed to expand their educational opportunities.


Contact Us

The Timothy School

(610) 725-0755

973 Old Lancaster Road

Berwyn, PA 19312



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