About

A big idea for even the smallest learners.

For years, there simply wasn’t a local alternative to the conventional private school experience. So a group of local entrepreneurs created one themselves. 

8:1 average student-to-teacher ratio

Our small-by-design class sizes and individualized attention lead to lasting and impactful learning experiences.

countries of origin for Wellington students

We believe that every form of diversity makes us a stronger community.

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Our profile.

We are an independent, coeducational, preschool-through-grade 12, college-preparatory day school. Our students benefit from small classes as they dive deep into their knowledge of the world and themselves. All of our graduates go on to attend college, with many matriculating to the nation’s top universities. Students carry with them the ideals of The Wellington School and an insatiable desire for lifelong learning.

Take a deep dive into life at Wellington with our digital view book

Leaders shaping leaders.

At the center of a Wellington education are the faculty and administrators who encourage, inspire, and celebrate the discoveries our students make every day. Our Board of Trustees provides invaluable guidance, oversight, and vision.

Meet Our Leadership

Our history

Wellington was conceived in 1979 by a group of Columbus executives and entrepreneurs with the goal of creating the first coeducational, independent school in Columbus. They spent three years refining plans, raising money, finding a property, and recruiting teachers and students. In 1982, Wellington opened. All of the living founders remain connected to Wellington today. Many of the founders’ children graduated from Wellington and now their grandchildren as well. Each says the school has exceeded their original vision, and Wellington continues to innovate curriculum that creates tomorrow’s leaders.

Our Founders

  • Ken Ackerman
    President, K. B. Ackerman Co.
  • Dave Swaddling
    CFO, Compuserve
  • Harry K. Gard
    Co-founder, Compuserve
  • Dave Thomas
    Founder, Wendy’s International
  • Bob Holland
    Upper Arlington City Attorney
  • Jack Ruscilli
    CEO, Ruscilli Construction
  • Len Immke
    Founder, Immke Buick and Cadillac
  • Jeff Wilkins
    Founder and President, CompuServe
  • George Minot
    Executive Vice-President, CompuServe

Milestones

Wellington was conceived of by a group of entrepreneurs with the goal of creating the first co-ed, independent school in Columbus.

Wellington opened with 137 students and 19 employees as the first co-ed, independent school in Columbus, Ohio.

First graduating class - 32 students.

New building opened - 76,000 sq ft.

3 year-old Little Jags preschool began