Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is Timothy Christian School Affordable? I know private education can be expensive!
A: Tuition at Timothy Christian is among the lowest in Iowa for Christian schools! We tell all potential families that we refuse to let finances get in the way, if they believe Timothy is the right choice for their family. With scholarships, payment plans, and other financial aid options available - Timothy can be affordable even if your budget is tight.
Q: Aren't we called to be "shining lights" in our community? Why should I take my child out of their public school where they can be a witness?
A: We believe we are to spread the word of God through our communities, but we also believe in preparing and equipping students to be able to share their faith! Children in elementary and middle school are particularly vulnerable, and we want to fill them with as much truth as possible before sending them back into their communities! Children who attend Timothy Christian develop a boldness to be lights in the world. Even shy students will often ask to pray out loud. These students will reach the world.
Q: Won't I be sheltering my child from the world?
A: We don't believe in sheltering children and keeping them in a bubble. Some day they will face "real life" and we want them to be prepared. It is true they will be safe from many struggles other children may experience; we don't believe it is right to "hide them" from the world. Our goal is to equip them to be wise and discerning and to stand up for their faith. In class, children have the opportunity to engage in discussions about moral issues and current events. We often teach World Religions as we feel it is right for children to be exposed to different faiths so they can engage in meaningful discussions with people outside the Christian faith.
Q: Won't it be a hard transition into high school if my child attends Timothy Christian through middle school?
A: While each student is different, we have heard from alumni, parents, and high school teachers and administrators that Timothy students are some of the most successful students in high school. Alumni have said that the high academics along with the social skills and conflict resolution they learned at Timothy helped them ease into high school. One alumni said, "While my classmates were stressing out about a paper they had to write, I finished it with ease and confidence using the skills I already had practiced at Timothy. It wasn't a big deal to me."
Q: My child does not have a two-parent home, would we still be welcome?
A: Absolutely, we try to be as gracious as possible. All parents with custody are asked to be part of a family interview prior to students being admitted. At that time, you will be able to discuss your family circumstances.
Q: Do we have to be members of a church to send our kids to Timothy?
A: No, membership is not required and families come from many different denominations and church backgrounds. We do ask that families believe and teach the word of God in their homes and attend a church regularly. Timothy is here to support parents in bringing up Christian children but we believe families have the responsibility to start that work at home and at church.
Q: My child has special needs, can you accommodate that?
A: It depends. We have worked very successfully with children with various disabilities and learning difficulties. The extent of your child's needs would be examined and discussed prior to admittance.
Q: My child is exceptionally bright and talented, will they be challenged and given opportunities to excel?
A: Yes! The wonderful part about having small classes is that each child's individual needs can be met. Students are often able to spend extra time in areas of particular interest! Students are encouraged to use their unique gifts to help others.
Q: I work full-time and I am concerned about the responsibilities that I will have at schoool, do I have to be a part of every event?
A: No. We try to have a balanced approach to parental involvement. The great thing about Timothy is that there are always ways that you can volunteer to help out the school, but we also understand everyone has a busy schedule. At the beginning of the year, you can choose which committee you would like to join and will have the chance to sign-up for small or large roles. If you are unable to volunteer at events, you can also donate food items.
Q: How will my child get to school?
A: We have several options depending on which community you live in. Families arrange carpools from each community. The Aplington-Parkersburg area has a parent-owned bus. Parents are also reimbursed towards the cost of transportation by their local school district; only a simple form needs to be filled out twice a year and delivered to the local public school.
Q: Do you have a library?
A: Yes! We have two volunteer librarians who organize our amazing library! Children have weekly library time and are able to check out age and content appropriate books and DVDs.
Q: Our family loves sports and I don't want my child to miss out on athletic opportunities. Can you provide them?
A: Children are taught from an early age how to play MANY games in P.E. class, as well as the importance of good sportsmanship. In 7th and 8th grades, the students are expected to play four sports - basketball, soccer, softball, and volleyball - in tournament play with other Christian schools in the area. All students are given playing time. Students are also encouraged to participate in additional sports through their local school district and may leave school early if needed. This is a great way for Timothy students to meet and create friendships with future high school classmates.
Q: My child was previously bullied, how do I know this won't happen at Timothy Christian?
A: At Timothy, we strive to teach children to treat each other with respect and kindness. It's not uncommon to hear Kindergartener's say things like, "Do you think you would say that if Jesus were here?" We try to instill sensitivity. We use a program called Character Counts and expect children to "close the loop" by resolving conflict with each other and apologizing when they are wrong. The Principal's office is also a safe place where the students can express themselves if they have a concern.
Q: Will my child miss out on any opportunities by being at Timothy?
A: We are committed to providing your child with opportunities to help them grow and learn! Whether it's going on a field trip to Living History Farms, or competing in Battle of the Books or MathBee, students will be given plenty of educational experiences. Middle Schoolers get to do dissections in Science class. We offer unique experiences to our students such as participating in our Fine Arts Fair Competition which is run like a high school contest! We really don't think you will feel like they are missing anything!
Q: What about musical opportunities?
A: Timothy Christian students have many opportunities to perform and share their talents. Every year the students perform a musical right before the Thanksgiving holiday, which is a wonderful way to begin the season. Students have the opportunity to perform solos and in groups at the Fine Arts Festival held in April. During the fair, students sing and share their instrumental talents. Service is a priority at TC. The students travel to area nursing homes and local senior programs to perform as well.