The Timothy School is the oldest non-profit approved private school in Pennsylvania devoted exclusively to teaching students with autism. For over 50 years, we have worked to develop an understanding of autism that recognizes the strengths and uniqueness of our children and the specialized methods needed to expand their educational opportunities.
We began in 1966 as a mission of the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church for children who were not allowed to attend school, who stayed at home, or were placed in institutions. Dr. Watermulder, the church pastor, served as the founding president of our School Board and Marie Wedding was the lead teacher. Mrs. Wedding, along with five teachers and many volunteers, taught the nine students who came to our school for the first time. Each child brought significant challenges and each success led to greater knowledge and teaching skill. As the school brought new research-based practices to the classrooms and met the needs of a growing number of students, our reputation also grew. Today, more than 65 children attend our school arriving each morning on buses from 26 school districts in southeastern Pennsylvania.