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Why Linsly?

A school rooted in history and tradition

The Linsly School has a proud and rich history of over 200 years. Since its founding, school leaders have remained focused on academic excellence, character development, and providing experiences that develop habits and characteristics of impactful and successful global leaders.

“We at The Linsly School aspire to prepare well-rounded, responsible global citizens who excel throughout their lives, no matter what field of study, career, or passion they decide to pursue,” Mr. Justin Zimmerman, Head of School.  

A strong college preparatory curriculum

The Linsly School offers a college preparatory curriculum for students in grades five through 12 that combines the traditional values of hard work, respect, honesty, and self-discipline within a challenging academic program designed to unlock the potential of each student. 

  • AP & Advanced Curricular Options
  • Exceptional Teachers & Advising Program 
  • Personalized College Counseling 
  • Understanding by Design Curriculum Framework
  • Unique & Enriching Performance Assessments

Preparing Students for Success in College and Beyond

Small Class Sizes & Individualized Attention

The student-to-teacher ratio is 7:1, and class sizes with an average of 12 students per class allow teachers to get to know every student. 

  • Individualized academic help is available to help students reach their full potential, and teachers are available to offer support and one-on-one instruction before and after school on a regular basis. 
  • A strong peer tutoring program and a unique academic support program, known as the Aviator Program, for students with mild learning differences and/or who may need additional study skill development, is also available. 

Highly Qualified & Experienced Faculty

Linsly teachers are experts in their subject content area and well-versed in teaching and learning methods and pedagogy. They not only bring curriculum plans and objectives to life but are also interested in the overall development of their students. 

  • Faculty create a supportive environment where students feel comfortable taking risks and challenging themselves. 
  • Teachers are provided with professional development opportunities annually based on well-researched best practices.
  • Linsly provides extensive funding for faculty members to participate in off-campus workshops, conferences, graduate work, or other training programs. 

Other Unique Aspects of our Community

Linsly provides a family-like atmosphere that helps students grow and develop under the guidance of faculty members who know them by name and care about their future.

Non-Discriminatory Policy

The Linsly School admits students of any race, color, gender, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Meet Our Team

Mr. Robert Zitzelsberger III

Dean of Admissions

Growing up in the Ohio Valley, he was fortunate to be able to attend The Linsly School from the 8th to the 12th Grade. Mr. Zitzelsberger was a day student and his sister, Ashley, joined the Linsly community as an 11th grader. Mr. Zitzelsberger’s father was a long-time public school educator and understood the importance of a college-prep education with character development attached. As a 2002 graduate of The Linsly School, Mr. Zitzelsberger enjoyed playing football, basketball and baseball. In addition to his athletic achievements, he enjoyed the art show, Extravaganza, school plays and the outdoor experience, as well as being a prefect.

After Linsly, Mr. Zitzelsberger attended Washington and Jefferson College where he lettered four years in football. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration/Economics. Following graduation, Mr. Zitzelsberger earned his Master’s Degree from West Virginia University in Educational Leadership.

Mr. Zitzelsberger has been recruiting students now for 17 years as he began his working career as a football coach and then maneuvered into the admissions world. Mr. Zitzelsberger served as Director of Enrollment at Bethany College for over 3 years prior to returning to The Linsly School. Mr. Zitzelsberger joined the Admissions Office in May of 2013.

At Linsly, Mr. Zitzelsberger enjoys interacting with the students and watching all the students pursue their passions. The relationships between student and faculty/coach at Linsly are very dear to him. He serves as an Assistant Varsity Football coach and has previously coached girls’ basketball. Mr. Zitzelsberger resides on Linsly’s campus with his wife, Caroline (Palmer), and the three boys, R.J. IV (6th Grade), Charlie (Third Grade) and Palmer (SK). He loves the boarding community and living amongst the 100 boarding students. His favorite part about living on campus is inviting resident students over for pizza and watching sports. During his free time, Mr. Zitzelsberger enjoys watching his boys play sports, coaching youth sports and golfing.

Mrs. Stacey Creely

Asst Director of Admissions, Director of Public Relations

Mrs. Creely was appointed in 2004. As Linsly's Director of Public Relations, she supports both the Admissions Office and the Development Office with internal and external school communications including the weekly newsletter, Linsly Ties, social media, marketing, advertising and event planning. Mrs. Creely is the proud mom of current Linsly student, Olivia, Class of 2025, and resides in Wheeling with her daughter, husband, Dennis, and dog, Jewel.

Mrs. Crissy D’Aquila

Assistant Director of Admissions

Crissy joined The Linsly School in 2017 and is the current Assistant Director of Admissions after working for 10 years in college admissions.  She helps both domestic and international students work through the admissions and financial aid process. In addition to her work in admissions, she is also the girls' cross country coach and assistant track coach. Crissy resides in Barnesville will her husband Eddie, and two children, Rocco and Mirabella, who are current Linsly students. 

Mrs. Elizabeth Stalder

Administrative Assistant to the Admissions Director

Mrs. Stalder has been with the admissions office for over 25 years and usually the first person you talk to when calling the admissions number or stopping by the office. Besides handling your child’s folder from beginning to end with the admissions process she also handles the issuing and transferring of all international student visas. 

Mrs. Stalder has been through the total experience of Linsly as a parent whose son graduated in 2001.  She has always been an avid runner/power walker and competed in several 5k, 10k, 20k, ½ marathons and a marathon.   She resides in Ohio with her husband Chuck.