Reserve at a Glance

Innovative, welcoming and historic

Founded in 1826, Western Reserve Academy is an independent, coed, boarding and day school for grades 9-12. Located in Hudson, Ohio, WRA provides students with a transformative, top-ranked, college preparatory education. WRA students are immersed in a supportive community where they gain a global perspective with classmates and teachers from all over the world, and have opportunities and encouragement for growth outside of the classroom. Get to know Western Reserve Academy:

At a Glance

Our Students

  • Coed boarding school for grades 9-12
  • Student body: 400
    • 260 boarders
    • 140 day students
  • Boys: 51%
  • Girls: 49%
  • Countries: 25
  • States: 26
  • International students: 22%
  • Average SAT: 1333
  • Average ACT: 30.2
  • Average class size: 12 students

Our Faculty

  • Teaching faculty: 50
  • Student-teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Faculty live on campus: 80%
  • Average years of teaching experience: 20.2
  • Average years teaching at WRA: 11.7
  • Faculty with advanced degrees: 86%

Our Campus and Community

  • A cornerstone of the Hudson, Ohio community on a beautiful, historic 190-acre campus
  • Downtown Hudson is an extension of campus with more than 50 upscale stores, restaurants and coffee shops
  • Located near the lush woodlands of Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Named "Most Beautiful Private High School in Ohio" by Architectural Digest
  • Named one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People"
  • No. 3 Safest Communities in Ohio, with two contiguous towns coming in at No. 2 and No. 4
  • 30 minutes from big-city cultural and sports attractions in Cleveland and Akron
  • Less than 2-hour flight from Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
  • Campus buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • $80 Million Campaign for Excellence & Access enabling exquisite additions and renovations
  • Ten dorms boast a different style for every taste, from boutique to homey to historic

  • 24/7 Campus security
  • Fully staffed 24/7 Health Center


  • In 2018 and 2019, WRA received the #1 ranking in Ohio for Best Private High School; Best Boarding High School; Best College Prep High School; and Best High School for STEM (source: NICHE)
  • WRA is currently ranked #1 in STEM in Ohio (source: NICHE)
  • Over 150 Academic Courses
  • Independent curriculum including: College Level Courses: progressive daily schedule; new Integrated Studies Department that includes unique student-directed programs such as Compass
  • Called one of the country's most innovative curricula by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • The Wang Innovation Center is a 6,000-square-foot dream space with every software and technical tool to take projects from concept to completion.
  • The John D. Ong Library is a 21,000-square-foot building, with a capacity for 45,000 volumes, a computer lab, group study rooms and the school’s archives
  • Student Advisory Program tailored for each student
  • The Academic Center to provide tailored learning support for students.
  • Specialized partnerships with corporations and organizations through our Beyond Reserve program, including Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Genetic Research Institute and JP Morgan
  • Fully funded study abroad programs
  • 11 state-of-the-art science labs

College Matriculation

  • 100% matriculation rate - view our five-year matriculation list.
  • Class of 2019 currently admitted to elite universities including Northwestern University, University of Chicago and University of Pennsylvania.
  • The 110 members of the WRA Class of 2019 gained acceptances at 213 different colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and abroad.
  • 82% of alumni from a recent survey have 1 or more advanced degrees
  • Approximately 20% of graduates continue with collegiate athletics


Fully-equipped Knight Fine Arts Center

  • 400-seat fully equipped theater
  • 2 annual dance performances
  • 3 annual stage performances
  • Dozens of vocal and ensemble concerts, creative workshops and guest performances
  • Abundant creative writing opportunities
  • State-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment
  • Permanent stage with orchestra pit
  • Control room with Mackie 16 x 8 Recording/PA console and Strand Lighting 300 Series 250-channel memory console
  • Scene production shop, plus costume, prop and dressing rooms
  • Two- and three-dimensional studios with work stations
  • Production area for desktop publishing
  • Sculpture and ceramic kiln rooms
  • Traditional darkroom and digital imaging and a fully equipped photography studio
  • Woodworking, architectural design and engineering drawing facilities
  • Computer architectural drawing facilities
  • The Moos Gallery, a year-round art gallery showcase


  • World-class, 45,000-square-foot Murdough Athletic Center
  • 24 different sports offerings
  • 45 interscholastic teams
  • WRA Stadium with a new turf field (football, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse) and Longstreth Track
  • 10-court tennis complex
  • Varsity and junior varsity baseball fields
  • Varsity and junior varsity softball fields
  • 8 full-size fields for football, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey
  • 3.1 mile cross country trail
  • Emerging eSports offering

Tuition & Financial Aid

  • 2019-20: Boarding Student Tuition: $60,850
  • 2019-20: Day Student Tuition: $39,600
  • Financial Aid: $6M plus awarded yearly to 40% of the student body
  • The WRA Fund Support, annually: $2.5M
  • Endowment: $114M as of 5/30/2019

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