Testimonials of the Linsly School

Founded in 1814, the Linsly School offers a rigorous and traditional college preparatory curriculum. Located in Wheeling, West Virginia, the community is strong and supportive, and students and faculty know each other by name. There are thousands of alumni and their stories are testament to the quality of education offered by the Linsly School.

The Linsly School encourages its students to develop their talents beyond the classroom. The Linsly athletic program fosters good physical health and competition, while the school's many clubs and extracurricular activities provide meaningful opportunities for students to connect with each other.

The Linsly School is an independent co-educational boarding and day school in Wheeling, West Virginia. The Linsly's renowned academic program prepares its students for college. Read these parent and student testimonials to learn why the Linsly School is such a great choice.

Parent Testimonials


“There is simply no greater feeling as a parent than knowing how happy and comfortable your children are every day at school. The Linsly School truly is a home to my two boys. They deeply admire every faculty member on campus as well as their many peers. They take great pride in being members of the Linsly family, and for that I am deeply grateful.”

~ Judge Julie Selmon, 10th and 12th grade Linsly parent

“Choosing to send our son to Linsly in 5th grade was not an easy decision, because he did not want to leave his friends behind. We knew no one going into 5th grade, but he quickly met new friends, and we all felt so welcomed to the Linsly family. Linsly is a community where everyone takes the time to help students tap into their individual potential, both in and out of the classroom. The teachers genuinely care for their students, and our son’s successes have been reflected in his honors reports. I can’t say enough about the return on investment we have seen in five years at Linsly.”

~ Nancy Haynes, 11th grade Linsly parent
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Student Testimonials

Hunter Kelley, Class of 2021

Hunter Kelley was a day student from Bridgeport, Ohio, who spent his sixth through twelfth grade years at Linsly. Hunter and his parents were looking for the best education to prepare him for the future and were confident that he could obtain it at Linsly. He was highly involved in sports during his lower and upper school years. Hunter was a four-year starter for the football, baseball and basketball teams. He maintained a 4.0 GPA and was inducted into the National Honor Society.

“Both on the field and in the classroom, I was taught to do my best and put in the work to get to the top. Linsly really helped me discover who I am and how to excel.”

Hunter has formed lasting relationships with fellow students and with the faculty.

“My best friend is from Brazil, and we are already making plans to visit each other. Getting to know people from different cultures was an experience I could only get at Linsly. I can see things from other perspectives, which will be extremely valuable in the future.”

Lily George, Class of 2021


Lily knew from a young age that she wanted to be a Linsly Cadet. Her father (Edward “Ned” George ’82), two uncles (Tom George ‘84 and David George ’88), brother (Mason George ’15) and sister (Grace George ’17) are all alumni. Lily eagerly followed in their footsteps starting her Linsly career in fifth grade and graduating in 2021 as a Linsly Lifer.

Lily was a four-year starter for the soccer team and was captain of both the soccer and tennis teams. She was a junior and senior school prefect, a Cadet ambassador, German Club President and a member of the National Honor Society. She culminated her Linsly career when she was named salutatorian of the Class of 2021.

What Lily says she will remember most are, “the daily experiences of being at Linsly and the relationships I have with the faculty and my classmates.”

Abolaji (BJ) Oke, Class of 2021


As part of the NJ Seeds program, New Jersey resident BJ Oke was given the opportunity to attend a private boarding school. She toured several options and quickly decided Linsly was the perfect fit for her high school experience. “It was the most comfortable. All the teachers and students were so open and welcoming.”

BJ was on the volleyball, swim, track and bowling teams. She was a resident assistant for two years and the Head Resident Assistant her senior year. She maintained a 4.0 GPA through all four years of her college prep education.

Most importantly, her Linsly education helped her to grow and prepare for college and beyond.
“I was very shy when I came here as a freshman, but Linsly has helped me grow and become a better version of myself.” Living in a dorm with other residential students from all over the world, BJ built strong relationships with her peers and the faculty and staff.