All the benefits of boarding school without missing home!

Since 1941, boarding has been part of The Linsly School tradition. Today, students in grades 7-12 are given the opportunity to participate in our seven-day or five-day boarding program that offers countless benefits beyond a traditional high school experience.

For the 2022-2023 school year, we are proud to have a diverse population of boarding students from nine states and 23 foreign countries.

As boarders, students enjoy all that The Linsly School campus has to offer while developing the independence, self-discipline, and responsibility needed in college and beyond.

Please note: Our Five-Day Boarding program is designed for students who reside within a 3-hour drive of our campus in Wheeling, West Virginia. Due to the nature of our five-day boarding program, students will return home on most weekends when they do not have athletic or school commitments, and during all long weekends and school breaks. A student’s primary residence must be within a 3-hour drive to qualify for the 5-day boarding option. All who reside outside of this “drive time” will be considered a 7-day boarding student.

Daily Life

  • 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Breakfast in the Cafeteria.
  • 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Relax with friends before school or get extra help from a teacher. 
  • 8:20 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students are in class.
  • 3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Visit with friends or get extra help from your teachers. 
  • 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Many students participate in co-curricular activities or get a head start on their schoolwork for the evening.
  • 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dinner brings boarders and campus families together for a meal in the dining hall on a consistent basis.
  • 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Relax with friends, go to the weight room or gym, or watch a home athletic event on campus. 
  • 7:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Study hall takes place in dorm rooms or the library. Faculty on duty, houseparents, and Resident Assistants (student leaders) are scheduled daily to supervise and maintain a quiet atmosphere. A faculty member is also scheduled to provide additional academic support in the library.  
  • 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Activities depend on the night and what is available on campus. The student snack bar is open, and students watch tv/movies and relax with friends. 
  • 10:00 p.m. Students are required to return to their respective dorm buildings so that the dorm parents can take roll call and check in with all students. 
  • 11:00 p.m. Lights Out 
  • This schedule can also change according to a student's personal interests, such as athletic practices and games, play rehearsal, peer tutoring, music lessons, or babysitting for a campus family. Life never ceases to be busy for boarders.

Maximizing Opportunities

Boarders truly live where the action is at The Linsly School. Living on campus makes participating in activities and events easy and convenient. From athletics to the arts to student leadership, students can experience the best of The Linsly School right outside their dorm door.

Advantages of Boarding

Help Your Child Gain Independence and Self-confidence
The structure and supportive adults who live on campus foster an environment that is highly conducive to helping students be successful. As a result, students who attend boarding school are more likely to interact with peers and adults on a daily basis and will experience rapid growth in self-confidence and independence. This is a part of the experience as they learn how to live with others, help their dorm community, and make daily decisions about cleaning, studying, socializing, and taking care of their basic needs. When they head off to college they will be significantly ahead of peers who are learning to make all of their own decisions for the very first time. 

Academic Support

Students who live on campus benefit tremendously from the many opportunities to study and collaborate with their peers. Daily study hall provides structure in completing their assignments, and face-to-face interaction with residential faculty members enhances their academic experience. 

Community & Global Perspective 
Residential students thrive in the special community that living on campus provides. The experience of living, eating, studying, and celebrating with students from diverse backgrounds helps foster lifelong friendships and a global perspective. Boarders also develop personal connections with Campus Parents who provide constant support and make the residential community truly a second home. 

Weekend Life
There is always something to do at Linsly, even on the weekends. Many of our students remain on campus every weekend and enjoy special events, trips, and fun weekend activities. In addition to having several activities on campus each weekend, we also take students off-campus to local restaurants, shopping trips, museums, theaters, cinemas, outdoor recreational activities, or professional sporting events. You’ll always be surrounded by friends and have something to do at Linsly!

  • The Five-Day Option
    Students experience the best of both worlds—spending five days engaging in all that The Linsly School campus has to offer and two days focusing on family life at home. This dynamic prepares students for college life as they learn to manage their time and freedom as individuals before returning to the comforts of home.
  • The Seven-Day Option
    By design, the majority of our boarding students (80% or more) are seven-day boarding students and benefit from being in a structured and supportive environment, while also coming to know peers, faculty, and staff more closely than traditional students. Seven-day boarding students find living and interacting on campus during the weekends to be fun and engaging! Sometimes, you may just want to relax and take a break! Living and interacting in the dorms with local boarding students also helps seven-day boarding students develop local friendships and they often sign out and spend time off campus with their friends on the weekends.