When going through hard times in life, people usually look at Religion for help. Right after second semester of 7th grade, I joined the Timothy Christian community, hoping God and new peers could help me reestablish my life. The staff made Timothy seem great on the outside, however, that was incredibly wrong. Timothy Christian had nice electives, clubs, and sports, however the staff and students were terrible. Like I mentioned, I joined this school to help my relationship with God. After being there for only 3 months, it did the opposite. Seeing how badly the teachers and my own peers treated me and some of other non-dutch kids, it quickly shaped my opinion on religion. It has taken me many years of recovery from Timothy to realize not every Christian is like the Christians at Timothy. Out of all the teachers and students I met, I only actually felt welcomed by one student. After returning to public school, I felt WAY more safer than I ever did at Timothy. Timothy Christian is very narrow minded and I would not recommend anyone to attend.
This school puts on a great face to the outside world but when you actually get immersed into the atmosphere you start to see how Timothy pushes their problems under the rug. For example many teacher know about students doing drugs but do nothing about it and pretend like nothing is happening so that Timothy can maintain its positive appearance. The school also feels very much like a club and it can be hard for newcomers to feel welcome. I went to Timothy all my life would see new kids come and leave because they are pushed away by some students. Timothy does have some good sports programs and the education is pretty good but overall the negatives outweigh the positives and I vowed I would never send my kids there when I graduated.
Academics are fine and the bussing program is wonderful. My kids were in public school from K-2 The kids at the public school were very friendly there and welcoming. However, I had a difficult time with the thought of a secular education. It felt out of sync with our family's view of the world. Timothy is good at presenting a Christian worldview in every class room, which I love, however, the social environment is less welcoming than the public school we attended. Some kids at Timothy are more cliquey than at our previous school. Most of them, happen to be children of parents who all went to Timothy together when they were young. I guess its hard to compete with that. It must be difficult to relate to newcomers, when you've never been one. Ironically, I find this out of sync with a Christian worldview. I find it sad that at a Christian school, kids are less welcoming than at a public school (where many parents were radical atheists). Unfortunately, there isn't another christian school close enough to us that we can really consider. Timothy benefits from this fact, because if there were, I would likely choose a different school, solely due to the social environment.
I attended Timothy for 9-10 years, from the end of grade school through high school. Though it is sufficient in terms of academics (if you are a self-starter), I can think of few other positives. "If you're not Dutch, you're not much" was a phrase jokingly used by "lifers" (classmates who had attended TC since preK) but I found this to be very accurate. I am thankful for the academic training I had (small class sizes & advanced courses), but felt the lack of diversity, both racially and in terms of income level and religious denomination, to be unrealistic to life after schooling. The code of conduct for students is very rigid in comparison to public schools, and in terms of extracurricular activities there is much to be desired. To reiterate--academically, prepares students for university. Lacking in terms of social life, spiritual life, and personal development.
As a former student I would never recommend this school to anyone unless you are popular and liked by everyone sadly. The kids here don't really portray the christian attributes expected. TC has cliques everywhere you look and everyone there or at least most share the same faith. If you are not their specific 'faith' , then you are usually looked down upon and they criticize your 'faith'. After transferring I was treated better academically at my other school then I ever was at TC. Some of the teachers are rude, not naming any specifics. The students will bully you if they simply don't like you. My worst high school experience was here at TC. There are many other great private christian schools to attend or send your child(ren) too, but TC isn't one of them. It will be a big mistake and you will regret it.
I recently moved here from out of state with two high school children. The staff and students at Timothy have been very welcoming. The teachers and coaches are encouraging and good role models. The faculty shows a sincere concern about my children s success and well being. In addition to the impressive academic programs, there are many extracurricular activities. Because of the small size of the school, it is not difficult to become involved in a wide variety of these. On the other hand, the school is not too small to have multiple sports, drama, music and fine arts programs. The campus is modern with a brand new $3.4 million science wing that has five new classrooms and three state-of-the-art science labs. My children are getting an excellent Christian education and are making life-long friendships. The parents are friendly and helpful to newcomers. I am so blessed to have found Timothy Christian.
Timothy gives students a solid Christian foundation but the academics, extracuricullars and sports are mediocre. Ok for a self-motivated kid but not good for a child who needs resources. Definitely not a place to get your child "out of trouble" or special ed. Insufficient resources and no patience. Teachers rely too much on copied, unverified materials rather than a textbook. The copied materials have errors that the teachers often don't understand. Frustrating when parents try to help when there is often no materials to guide them.
I have just recently left this school. This school is not a well brought up school. If you are an outsider you are looked down upon. If you are different in any way you are targeted. They say it is a nondenominational school but in history class (western civ.) they talk bad about other religions. And nothing but good about Calvinism. When a student gets bullied and the student goes to the guidance counslor for help.The student never gets help. The teachers are very mean to the student. And if the student has a thought the teacher doesn't like, the student will be downgraded. If you are a person who is new to the community and not CRC then you will be outcasted. The school is full of hypocrates and bullies.
This is my son's first year at Timothy Christian High School and we couldn't be more pleased. The students were welcoming to him from the first day; depsite the fact that he didn't come from their grade school and middle school program. The teachers are top notch and dedicated to their jobs. They are also dedicated to being disciples of Christ and that is evident in the classrooms, their teaching, and personal interactions with the students. The courses are academically challenging, including the honors classes. There is also a well rounded selection of classes and extras offered. Certainly we know that the school came from Dutch roots and that heritage is embraced, they aren't a Calvinist school. They are clearly a Christian school... making "academically prepared disciples of Christ". What a perfect mission statement for this school.... they are doing it!
Academics are better than average and challenging for most students, and a Christian perspective is evident in the curriculum, school environment and in the teaching staff. I am not happy that Timothy has become the food police for our children and have taken away the enjoyment out of eating, including special occasions. The current dean and principal's roles seem to be that of cops/detectives who are constantly trying to catch kids doing something, anything, that doesn't meet their ridiculous standards of behavior. Overall, we are still very happy, but these few things are troublesome.