Timothy Murphy School is committed to bridging the span between behavior and academic success.
The Godmothers of Timothy Murphy School actively support the school through fundraising and volunteer service.
Timothy Murphy School was established in 1985 as a non-public day school serving boys with special needs. The name Timothy Murphy was derived from the San Rafael pioneer who donated the campus property. The school is located on the St. Vincent's campus in San Rafael. Today it is funded through the California State Department of Education to provide special education services to boys whose disabilities are identified as severely emotionally disturbed (SED) or serverely learning disabled (SLD). Our school serves boys ages 7 to 18 years of age, most of whom are residents of St. Vincent's residential treatment program. Other students may also be referred for day placement in Timothy Murphy School if they are eligible through the Special Education placement guidelines. Timothy Murphy School established a Transition High School Class on the campus of Terra Linda High School in San Rafael in 1992 for those students who are ready to integrate back into public school setting. Looking to the future, Timothy Murphy School will continue to provide the students with the best academic curriculum, and fair behavior management system.
The Academic goal is to provide each student with the opportunity for an individualized educational program emphasizing active learning and responsibility. The Behavioral goal is to provide structured behavioral and therapeutic interventions, so that students learn to become responsible and compassionate individuals and productive members of society. The community / life skills goals is to develop community and life skills through social interaction within the structure that teaches responsibility, communication, and organization, preparing our students for the future. The Learning Environment goal is to provide a safe, nurturing, structured, and consistent learning environment with overall emphasis on success.