Western Reserve Academy

115 College Street - Hudson, OH 44236 USA (330) 650-4400 http://www.wra.net/
Day School | Boarding School

History

Western Reserve Academy is a family of learners, built around a faculty dedicated to developing the strong character of our students.

A mid-sized, coed, boarding and day school for grades 9-12 located in Hudson, Ohio, WRA offers exceptional academics, superior programs and lifelong friends. With a student body made up of 402 students from 23 states and 15 countries, WRA is a dynamic, challenging and supportive school that has committed to excellence, integrity and compassion since 1826.

To learn more about our rigorous academic environment, dedicated faculty members, inclusive athletics program and vibrant fine arts program, visit our website at wra.net.

Overview

Region
Cleveland OH Area
Program Emphasis
Boarding School
Day School
All Grades 9-12
Grade Divisions
Secondary
Religious Affiliation Nondenominational
Student Body Coed
Dress Code Uniform
School Setting Small Town
Campus Size (Acres) 190
Head of School Christopher D. Burner '80
Endowment $102 million

Admission

E-mail
Web Address http://www.wra.net/
Director of Admission Dan Morrissey
Admission Application Apply to Western Reserve Academy
Application Required Yes
Application Fee Amount $60 for domestic applicants; $150 for those applicants residing outside of the United States.
Application Deadline(s) December 6 for Day Student Applicants; January 15 for Boarding Student Applicants
Financial Aid Deadline(s) December 6 for Day Student Applicants; January 17 for Boarding Student Applicants
Financial Aid Awarded $4.6 million
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid 39%
Admission Tests Accepted
ISEE
Other (PSAT)
SSAT
Day Student Tuition $32,500.00
Boarding Student Tuition $47,300.00
International Student Tuition $47,300.00

Student Enrollment

Total Enrollment 387
Boys 201
Girls 186
% Boys/Girls 52% Boys, 48% Girls
Boarding Students 231
Day Students 156
International
Brazil
Canada
China
Germany
India
Japan
Korea
Mexico
Saudi Arabia
Spain
Taiwan
Thailand
United States
Arizona
California
Connecticut
Dist. of Columbia
Georgia
Hawaii
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
New York
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Texas
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Majority of students come from Other(Midwest)
% of Students of Color 22
% of International Students 16

Academics

Full Time Faculty 54
% of Faculty with Advanced Degrees 87
Student/Faculty ratio 7:1
Average Class Size 12
A Sampling of Courses Offered
Algebra
Architecture
Art
Art History
Astronomy
Biology
Botany
Calculus
Ceramics
Chemistry
Chinese
Chorus
Community Service
Computer Math
Creative Writing
Dance
Drama
Ecology
Environmental Science
Ethics
European History
Fine Arts
French
German
Latin
Other (Senior Seminar, Saturday Academy)
Photography
Physics
Spanish
Studio Art
A.P. Courses Offered
Art History
Biology
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Chemistry
English Literature
European History
French Language
German Language
Latin: Vergil
Physics C
Spanish Language
Statistics
US History

College Placement Office

Dedicated College Placement Office Yes
Recent College Matriculations Two or more WRA graduates matriculated to each of the following colleges and universities over the past three years:

American University, Amherst College, Babson College, Bates College, Boston College, Boston University, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon, University, Case Western Reserve University, College of Charleston, Colby College, Colgate University, University of Colorado at Boulder, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Denison University, Dickinson College, Duke University, Elon University, Emory University, Franklin and Marshall College, The George Washington University, Georgetown University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, John Carroll University, Johns Hopkins University, Kenyon College, Lafayette College, Miami University, Oxford, University of Michigan, Middlebury College, Morehouse College, New York University, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, The Ohio State University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Oxford College of Emory University, University of Pennsylvania, Purdue University, University of Richmond, University of Rochester, Rollins College, Sewanee: The University of the South, University of Southern California, Southern Methodist University, Syracuse University, Tulane University, United States Military Academy, United States Naval Academy, University of Vermont, University of Virginia, Wake Forest University, Washington and Lee University, Washington University in St. Louis, Williams College, The College of Wooster, Yale University
% of Graduates Who Attend College 100% College Placement

Athletics & Extra-Curricular Activities

Athletics
baseball
basketball
cross-country
diving
field hockey
football
golf
ice hockey
lacrosse
other (rifle team)
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
track and field
volleyball
Recreational Sports
dance
fitness
swimming
table tennis
ultimate frisbee
walking
weight lifting
yoga
Extra-Curricular Activities
Choir
Community Service Program
Computer Club
Dance Club
Debate Club
Dorm Proctors
Drama Club
Investment Club
Key Club
Literary Magazine
Newspaper
Orchestra
Quiz Bowl
Radio Station
Recycling Club
Relaxation Club
Ski Club
Spirit Club
Stock Market Club
Student Government
Student Publications
Tour Guides
Yearbook
Young Democrats
Young Republicans

Notes

Close-knit, nurturing relationships are what set WRA apart from other boarding schools. The academic environment is rigorous, and our dedicated faculty members, most of whom live on campus, support our students every step of the way. The student body is just as warm, as our students share a passion to succeed and wholeheartedly celebrate each other’s achievements.

“WRA students amaze me with their independence; they are so well prepared for college,” says Dr. Beth Pethel, a member of the Science Department. “There is so much creativity in the classroom – these students make me thoroughly enjoy teaching. As a coach, I see them on the volleyball court. And since we all live on campus, I see them at dinner. The connections with the students and other faculty are so strong.”

Students also have opportunities to grow outside of the classroom. We field 47 separate interscholastic teams in 24 sports. In addition to traditional sports like soccer, basketball and baseball, classes in yoga, dance and weight training provide additional opportunities to stay fit and active. Our arts program allows students to perform in dance, music, theater and the visual arts. From novice to expert, the athlete and the artist are well nourished at WRA.

“WRA allows you to find your strengths and passions,” says Nicky, a senior who is captain of three sports teams, a principal player in the school orchestra and a prefect. “Here you can do anything you want; it’s really up to you what you do with it.”

Our caring, supportive, yet challenging curriculum establishes a strong foundation for success at the college level. Because we are a residential community, our faculty also act as mentors, advisors, counselors, guides, tutors and coaches. Our students also live with and learn from each other.“

Our son has become more of what he could be because of WRA,” says a current parent. “He’s happily participating in sports when he might have questioned whether he was good enough before, and he’s bonded with fellow students. He is much more motivated overall.”

Life at WRA takes place against the backdrop of our beautiful 190-acre campus. Our home city of Hudson is a safe extension of the campus, as it combines small town charm with modern city conveniences.To learn more about the opportunities at WRA, visit our website at wra.net.

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  • Financial Aid Deadline(s): December 6 for Day Student Applicants; January 17 for Boarding Student Applicants
  • Financial Aid Awarded: $4.6 million
  • % of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 39%

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