Linsly aspires to prepare well-rounded, responsible global citizens who excel throughout their academic studies, professional careers, and civic involvement.

Developing responsible citizens has been a differentiating hallmark of a Linsly education for more than two centuries. Today’s school was set in motion in 1814 when a visionary young lawyer, Noah Linsly, left instructions and the resources to construct a school for the young people of Wheeling. Today, Linsly serves as an intellectually challenging school and prepares students for success in college and beyond.

Academic excellence and character development are woven through all dimensions of a Linsly education to foster the whole person—intellectually, ethically, and physically.  By engaging in the Linsly experience, students will develop a love of learning; lead in times of challenge; and live purposeful lives.


The Linsly School promotes academic excellence, inspires lifelong learning, develops future leaders, and emphasizes character development.

Core Values

  • Mind and Body: We engage the whole student—intellectually, artistically, and athletically—through meaningful participation in a safe and nurturing environment.
  • Intelligence and Character: We instill a growth mindset that sets our students on a lifelong journey of intellectual, character, and imaginative development.
  • Individual and Community: We honor each student’s individual talents and interests in an educational community marked by dedicated teacher-mentors and learning collaborations.
  • Teaching and Learning: We balance enduring and tested educational principles with research, innovations, and technologies.
  • Outcomes and Expectations: We prepare students with the skills and knowledge to be successful. We impart leadership qualities, such as resilience, willingness to embrace challenge, integrity, confidence, and self-discipline.