School Details

St. Timothy School

1515 Dolan Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 342-6567

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-8 220 students 24 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

St. Timothy School is a private middle school in San Mateo. The principal of St. Timothy School is Ms. Michelle Timmons and can be contacted at 220 children attend St. Timothy School and identify mostly as Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. The ratio of students to teachers at St. Timothy School is 24:1. St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 7% %
Black, non-Hispanic 4% %
Asian 38% %
White, non-Hispanic 33% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 25% %
Hispanic 20% %
Multiracial 12% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    I have always had a very good experience with all staff members of this school. It's refreshing to have a principal who truly cares about the students and their families. She knows each child's name including their parents and also siblings who aren't in the school yet. She attends almost all the events and although she may not make it to some sports games she'll pop into their practices to show some support. I don't blame her for taking some time for herself. I really don't know how she does it with the many hours she puts in (not leaving until after 8pm most nights) but I really appreciate her dedication and the way she cares about the school as a whole. The office secretary is the backbone of the school. She is always friendly and welcoming. She is the go-to person for whatever you need or question you have. There is nothing she can't do. I have always had pleasant interactions with her. She is truly amazing and treats your child as if they were hers. I feel very fortunate to have my children in a school that is safe nurturing and has a great academic focus.

  • (4 months ago)

    I am an alumni of St. Timothy (and Catholic education all the way through College) and now my child goes here. I have seen this school go through many principals - some of them terrible. I have seen this school when there was absolutely no community involvement. I am very impressed at the unity and diversity the school demonstrates. Ms Timmons is doing the best she can and in my opinion doing a fabulous job. She is not superwoman and attend every single event YOU think she should be at. She also has to answer to the Archdiocese which is where the negative comments should be directed. They are messing up all the important work the Catholic School principals have been accomplishing. As far as the school secretary goes I know she has been there for approximately 30 years. She has been what has kept many families in the school...especially in the years of bad leadership and NO leadership at all. She has an institutional memory that should be respected. Again...let me ask the question...maybe it's you? Be respectful and that is what you will get in return. Catholic School 101.

  • (4 months ago)

    The office is VERY difficult to deal with. The are EXTREMELY poor communicators & when you follow up with any questions you have they have an attitude about it. The teachers are okay but it is really hard to go to a school where you are unable to rely on working cohesively with the office. The office speaks poorly of parents who have too many questions and are very vocal about it. Many families are fed up with the direction of the school and the lack of professionalism under the new Principal so I think enrollment will continue to decline until there are changes. There are good teachers everywhere - why not go to a school that has a better office environment!

  • (4 months ago)

    Our family has been extremely pleased with St Timothy's school. The teachers truly care about our children's education and keep us informed of progress in the classroom. The Principal Miss Timmons has always been so welcoming. She amazes us on how she remembers every student and parent's name. She has an open door policy and encourages ideas/suggestions. The Secretary Mrs Allen is always available to answer questions about the school. We highly recommend this school. In only a short time we have felt a huge sense of community and with the small classes we have built strong friendships not only with the kids but the parents too!

  • (5 months ago)

    Most of the teachers overall are exceptional with the exception of a few. The faculty and staff are nice but the communication is poor. The focus is mostly on the academics and the school is not very supportive of any extracurricular events for the school or the parish that the families participate in. With the exception of a few very dedicated teachers you will never see the principal supporting any of the special masses at church that the families are required to attend or sporting events that the students are involved in. There are some great families that work hard at creating a sense of community within our school but the school is not very thankful and there is nothing you can do about it. VERY POLITICAL

  • (10 months ago)

    Great school! I totally recommend this school. The teachers and the community are awesome. I can't be any happier with my kids school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Wonderful school and staff. Your child is loved and protected in this environment. The staff are very experienced and professional. We highly recommend this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our oldest son is in his second year and our youngest son will start in in August. We love St. Timothy's. The new principal (in her second year) Ms. Timmons is great. We love the teachers and the whole community. We love that St. Timothy's forms the whole child. We don't mind the fundraisers or the volunteer hours. Even the public schools are doing these now. If you don't like them you can pay a little more and not have to do them. If you do them they help you to get to know other parents in the community. We've been very happy with St. Timothy's and so has our son.

  • (1 year ago)

    Under the leadership of the second year principal the faculty and staff make it a point to place students first. The curriculum is well balanced including faith development core curriculum sports music and language. Catholic and non-catholic children benefit from this model of education. The school is 50 years old and the graduates have accomplished amazing things. I encourage to check out the school make an appointment with the principal or faculty and seek out other parents. You will not be disappointed with this gem of a school.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is only our first year at St. Timothy's but so far we have been very impressed with our experience. Academically their standards are equivalent or higher than the public school kindergartens that were an option for us and our daughter is given small group attention multiple times a day for reading and math. Socially over the school year the kindergarten class has become a cohesive & comfortable group who are able to get along & work together is multiple different environments from singing together at the Advent Musical to working together to create projects for the holiday celebrations. In addition my daughter has had the opportunity to get to know many other students in the older grades through buddy systems and group play/learning opportunities. I appreciate that St. Timothy's expects nothing less of the kindergarteners & I believe that this will be very beneficial to our daughter's sense of community & confidence as she moves through her school career. I understand that the leadership has been struggling here for a few years but I have found that this year the new Principal is working hard to resolve communication issues & there are positive things taking place!

  • (2 years ago)

    We have been very happy with the school. It's an extremely nurturing environment that educates the whole child -- they really care about raising the kids to be kind and empathetic. The teachers and staff are very caring and dedicated. It's a private school but it doesn't have a snobby feel at all -- that's one of the things we noticed and liked right away when we visited. The student body is very diverse which is another plus. The staff who run the after-school program are great and really reinforce the good citizenship rules of the school (plus you pay by the hour which is very flexible if you don't need full-time care). From academics to spiritual life to social life it has been a great experience for our family.

  • (2 years ago)

    Both my daughters go to St. Timothy and we chose this school specifically for the academics (science computers music and spanish are included) and the sense of community. The staff is very involved with the children and as with everything you get out of the experience what you put in. The teachers are great and excited about being a part of the school. There have been several changes in the administartion over the past several years but the new prinicipal is a gem - involved interested and engaged. Per some of the other comments yes fundraisers are a pain but most schools have them whether public or private to help bridge the fiscal gaps. And everyone is informed about the mandatory hours and they do have the option to "pay" for them if you choose. Everyone always has choices and we are very happy with our school and our choice.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have to say that teachers at this school are great but the admin staff are the WORST I have ever met! All they want is $$$$$ Before we sent our daughter to school the principle said they will limit 25 students per class. After our first day at school we found there are 32 students in her Kindergarten class with NO additional teacher. After we compare this school with some other schools we decided to move our girl out of there. Then the school still charged us a full month tuition for one week. As parents you will need to sell three different catalogs for the fund raiser if you can't meet requirement you need to buy them yourself. 40 hours of services also will be hard if you have little kids at home or both parents work. This school doesn't give us any feeling of community! I don't recommend you to go unless you have have absolutely no other choice!

  • (4 years ago)

    It is an awesome school and environment for my girls. They feel so comfortable there and love their friends and teachers.

  • (5 years ago)

    We simply love the school. Our daugthers are enjoying the interaction with the rest of the kids on different grades. One major reason why we joined this school was because there is a sense of community and a large mix of cultures. The extra curriculum available is more than other schools have to offer and the kids enjoy all of them.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has served my family very well. My son now a fresman at Serra was very well prepared and my daughter now in 6th grade. The teachers care deeply about the acadmeic success of each child. The parent community cares deeply about the school and work hard to contribute.

  • (5 years ago)

    Leadership of the school has gone down the tubes. There is no feeling of community or incentive for parents to get involved. Kids seem happy but it could be so much better.

  • (6 years ago)

    They ask too much of parents not just tuition but another 500 or so on uniform about $5.00 per meal teachers are insensitive and rude and they do not meet the needs of each student. The Junior High is unorganized. Not enough activities and too many fundraisers. The children miss out on academics when recess is prolonged and for kids with problems concentrating it is hard.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son was only there for 6th and 7th grade but I want to echo the previous post about the parent involvement it's amazing and everyone is really nice. My son had wonderful teachers and I can't say enough about the front office staff I have always been greeted with smiles and for a new parent that was refreshing. Even though we are moving to South Carolina I have made some lasting friends through St. Tim's.

  • (9 years ago)

    St. Timothy School is a second home for my daughter. The staff are all great not only in teaching academics but also when it comes to molding character and total well-being of each child. Parents involvement has been always encouraged in a fun environment and everybody seemed to be one family in helping out with the school activities.I felt the warmth in each staff I met the very first day I went in the school with my daughter. St. Timothy School has lived up to the policy of non-disciminatory rights of each individual regardless of race color or origin.Kudos to St. Timothy School!

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