Western Reserve Academy

  • Founded in 1826 as a preparatory school for Western ReserveCollege, Western Reserve Academy is one of the oldest boarding schools in the nation and the premier private high school of its kind in the Midwest.
  • WRA offers a challenging curriculum that prepares our 400 students for future academic success-and for leading purposeful, fulfilling lives.
  • Attending WRA is a transformational experience, where students learn to strive for excellence, live with integrity and act with compassion.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
Year Founded1826
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students396 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Western Reserve Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses25 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesCL Seminars in Literature, Composition and Rhetoric, CL Music Theory , CL French Language and Culture, CL Latin Literature, CL Mandarin Chinese, CL Spanish History and Literature, CL German Language and Culture, CL United States History, CL Art History, C
Average SAT score1333
Average ACT score30
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 17 / Feb. 14 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$60,850
Tuition Notes$60,850 boarding / $39,600 day
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$28,881
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJenni Biehn


Total Sports Offered19 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Riflery, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
Field HockeyFootball,
GolfIce Hockey,
Track and FieldVolleyball,

School Notes

  • Western Reserve Academy is a tight-knit, diverse community with 400 students who come from 26 states and 16 countries. Known for our academic rigor, our faculty 80 percent of whom live on campus and who are all involved in residential and student activities push students to reach their full potential, often helping students realize heights they never considered. Beyond the classroom, our athletic teams, drama, music, dance, art programs and student clubs help students put into action what they have learned in our discussion-based classes.The academic rigor is set against a backdrop of Midwestern values that help us achieve excellence while living with integrity and compassion.
  • We strongly encourage you to visit our campus. At WRA we meet with every applicant and family. We are committed to getting to know you nd providing you with an in-depth look at all of WRA's opportunities. We are confident that once you come to campus youwill immediately experience "All Things Uniquely Reserve."

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