For a community its size, Wilmington is blessed with many fine educational institutions ranging from preschool to college, public and private schools, education for special-needs children, vocational secondary programs, two-year degrees in the latest technologies and four-year degrees in liberal arts and sciences. 

Wilmington College

Wilmington College is a private, four-year, career-oriented, liberal arts college founded in 1870 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Most popular among its 24 academic majors are programs in education, business and economics, agriculture, sport management and athletic training (sports medicine).

WC's Peace Resource Center and Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center represent the embodiment of WC's historic Quaker commitment to peacemaking, social justice, global citizenship and respect for all persons. The College presents its students with intentional encounters with these values while, also, fostering a passionate engagement in service and leadership.

More than 40 percent of main campus students compete in intercollegiate athletics as student-athletes representing Wilmington in the Ohio Athletic Conference and NCAA Division III. Wilmington's
women's basketball team won the 2004 National Championship while the College also has had several individual national champions in wrestling and track & field. WC has 21 intercollegiate sports and an
equestrian team. Dozens of scholar-athletes have attained All-America status through the years.

In addition to the College's 65-acre main campus in Wilmington, it features farmland used as hands-on, teaching laboratories for agriculture majors. The college annually hosts some 1,200 students on
its main campus and has two branch campuses in Cincinnati.

Southern State Community College

Located in beautiful southern Ohio, Southern State is a two-year community college that serves the diverse needs of its constituents. Established in 1975 as Southern State General and Technical College the primary academic focus was technical degrees. After changing to Southern State Community College in 1977 the curriculum expanded to meet the demands of students seeking specific career training as well as the needs of those students wishing to transfer after their first two-years of education. In addition to offering Associate degrees in both technical as well as transfer programs, the College offers a wide array of adult basic literacy courses and workforce training programs.

Priding itself on offering affordable, accessible, and high quality education, Southern State continues to reach more and more people throughout southern Ohio and beyond. With four convenient locations throughout Adams, Brown, Clinton, Highland, and Fayette counties in Ohio, the College has become a pillar of quality in the community.In May 2000, the newest addition to Southern State was added in Wilmington. A state-of-the –art, 35,000 square foot facility was erected after the College had spent many years in a retired Air Force Base near Airborne Express. Southern State is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Wilmington City Schools

The Wilmington City School District has an enrollment of over 3,400 students in six buildings. The district covers 178 square miles in central Clinton County and a very small portion of Greene County.Wilmington High School is located at 300 Richardson Place and 900 students in grades nine through twelve select classes from a wide-ranging course of study.

Wilmington Middle School is located at 275 Thorne Avenue and houses 770 sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. This facility opened in 1993. The district has three elementary buildings for kindergarten through fifth grades: Denver Place Elementary - 660 students; Holmes Elementary - 590 students; and East End Elementary - 300 students.

Junior and senior students who are interested in vocational training attend the nearby Laurel Oaks Vocational School.

Most students with special needs are included in our general education classrooms with help from additional staff members and educational supports. Separate classrooms are available for students whose needs are best met in a smaller and more specialized environment.

Laurel Oaks Career Development Campus

Laurel Oaks Career Development Campus, part of Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development campus network, is located in the Wilmington Air Park. Students from Clinton County interested in a vocational career may enroll at Laurel Oaks.

 Programs offered include automotive and power equipment repair, business education, executive secretarial, data processing, construction and building, computer repair, meat processing, machine trades, welding, child learning, cosmetology, firefighting, diversified health occupations, park services and wildlife, equine science management, agribusiness and farm business management.

The Experiential Academy

An educational option close to home

The Experiential Academy is a private, independent, non-sectarian day school focused on experiential learning, currently serving students in grades 4-6. In contrast to lecture and repetition, our hands-on approach to learning utilizes life-enriching activities, field trips and adventure to present subject content in a relatable and engaging way. In school year 2014-2015 we will expand into our new addition and serve students in grades 3-7. We will follow that growth plan until we span grades K-12.


Character - We foster personal responsibility, teamwork, integrity and empathy for others in our students' daily learning environment. We aim for our students to become ethical decision makers who achieve their life goals and contribute to the greater good of the world.

Experience - We promote an active learning environment. Students thrive with a hands-on, project-based approach to learning. Travel and field trips broaden the mind and deepen a student's appreciation for diversity. Guided experiences build true understanding of economic concepts. Our students take part in a vast array of enriching workshops, and our recreation center offers indoor soccer, lacrosse, basketball, volleyball, tennis, all in conjunction with a ropes course and climbing wall. All activities and field experiences conclude with a time of experiential reflection to allow students to synthesize the lessons learned. 

Individuality - We strive to provide all of our students a safe and innovative learning environment. Small class sizes provide a front row education to every student. Projects results from a collaboration of students, teacher, and field specialists. The Experiential Academy students enjoy on-site access to the Lytle Creek Greenway paths, pavilion, and resources.

Academics - We offer enriching experiences that provide our students with a foundation for understanding the concepts outlined in the Ohio Academic Content Standards. The Ohio Department of Education is in the process of registering us as a Non-Public School chartered with the State of Ohio. We are also in the process of being accredited by the Ohio Association of Independent Schools. 

For more information, please contact:

The Experiential Academy
642 Davids Drive
Wilmington, OH  45177
(937) 283-6683

The Experiential Academy recruits and admits students of any race, color or ethnic origin to all its rights, privileges, programs, and activities. In addition, the school will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment, scholarship, and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.
The Experiential Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or ethnic origin in the hiring of its certified or non-certified personnel.