Welcome to WRA

I hope you will enjoy exploring our site. Whether you are a prospective family researching our course offerings, a graduate looking to reconnect with your alma mater, a parent interested in your child’s athletic team record or a current student checking out the latest photos from a school event, you will find something here for you.

For those exploring WRA for the first time, we’d like to share with you what makes our school such a special place. After you visit our site, I encourage you to contact us directly, as nothing can replace a personal conversation or visit.

We provide a caring, supportive, yet challenging curriculum that establishes a strong foundation for success at the college level. We are a community of learners, built around a faculty wholly dedicated to developing the strong character of our students.

Because we are a residential community, our faculty also act as mentors, advisors, counselors, guides, tutors and coaches. Our students, who come from around the nation and the world, also live with and learn from each other, in the classroom, on the athletic field and in the dorm room.

As a graduate of the school, I know firsthand how students prosper in a close-knit community. As a Latin I teacher, I witness on a daily basis the benefits gained when independent, passionate students partner with innovative teachers, all of whom are supported by caring parents and engaged alumni. As Head of School, I am committed daily to our students and the classroom experience.

Western Reserve Academy is a special place, where excellence, integrity and compassion still matter. That was true when I was a student and it’s even more evident today. I invite you to get to know us – and let us get to know you.


Christopher D. Burner '80
Head of School


A Western Reserve Academy education offers a transformational experience where students strive for excellence, live with integrity and act with compassion.

Teaching at WRA

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