The Linsly School

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Basic Information

Address: 60 Knox Lane, Wheeling WV, 26003
County: Ohio
Phone Number: (304) 233-3260
President: Mr. Justin Zimmerman
Principal: Ms. Melissa Leone
School Type: College Preparatory

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Additional Information

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Founded: 1814
Organization Affiliation: National Association of Independent Schools, The College Board, National Association of College Admissions Council, Potomac Chesapeake A.C.A.C.
Ages/Grades: 5-12
School Size: 436
Classroom Size: 15
Student/Teacher Ratio: 9:1

starting at $16,900

Financial Aid:



Computer Science, English, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Physical Education and Health, Science, Social Studies, World Language


The Linsly college prep classes are based on the principles of a "smart and good" school. The curriculum, offered from 5th to 12th grade, provides a rigorous yet innovative marriage of college preparatory courses and character traits through which students grow intellectually and socially.

Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

At Linsly, we believe that technology helps to foster higher level thinking skills while supporting different learning styles, creativity, and collaborative learning.

The Linsly School wants to ensure that students use their devices in positive, responsible manner. Guidelines are set at school and should be established at home as well. Resources will continuously be updated to help encourage communication between families and safe technology practices.

School Clubs:

20 School-sponsored organizations

Notable Graduates/Alumni:

Carl G. Bachmann, Ashley Battle, Bill Berrehsem, Ted Brown, Jack Canfield, Eddie Drummond, Willie Clay, CJ Goodwin, Heath Haynes, Jon Robert Holden, Tom Keane, Robert E. L. Strider, Jason Wilson

Notes/School Information:

Linsly is very proud of its 200-year history. Founded in 1814, The Linsly School is the oldest preparatory school west of the Alleghenies. Its founder, Noah Linsly, coming from Connecticut to Wheeling to practice law, made provision in his will for the creation of a school for boys and girls.

Chartered as a Lancastrian Academy, the school originally occupied a site on 13th and Chapline Streets. The site of its second building at 15th and Eoff Streets was loaned to the new state of West Virginia for its capital from 1863 to 1870.

By 1861 admission was limited to boys, and by 1877 the academy was known as Linsly Military Institute, adopting the dress and the discipline of a military school. Old Main at Thedah Place marked the third location of Linsly. From 1927 Linsly students have generated through their academic and athletic achievements the enthusiasm of its leaders to continually expand the Linsly facilities.

In 1978 the Board of Trustees voted to change the military structure of the school and adopt the philosophy of a traditional boys' college preparatory school.

Continuing in its desire to provide a quality education for the Ohio Valley region and beyond, the Linsly Board of Trustees announced on November 5, 1987, that beginning with the 1988-89 school year, Linsly would be a coeducational school. While extremely proud of Linsly's rich past, the president of Linsly's trustees emphasized, "A coeducational environment best prepares young people intellectually, socially, and psychologically for the world in which they live and the colleges they will attend."

Today, Linsly is proud of its campus and its complex located along historic National Road - fulfilling the words of its founder "Forward and no retreat," and the words of Mrs. Sophie Banes, its benefactress, "Linsly will, in the years to come, influence the lives of hundreds of young people who will go forth to serve their fellow men."

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