What Will You Pioneer?

Igniting your passion, as you envision your future.

The world changes, but demand for people like you, young people of excellence, integrity and compassion remains. Western Reserve Academy gives students extraordinary opportunities to explore the frontiers of their potential.

Whether participating in groundbreaking cancer research through Beyond Reserve, engineering a prosthetic hand in The Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity, or launching a start-up business through Compass.

Every one of our students has a success story to tell.

And some of our stories are more personal, overcoming struggles, finding our voice and our confidence.

Our setting and curriculum mirror the world we endeavor to create, a world where you live, learn and lead responsibly. At WRA, the unique preparation you will receive for social, cultural and academic success goes beyond what you learn. It becomes who you are.

We are committed to igniting your passion as you envision a future with no boundaries, where you will embrace challenges with all the hope, strength and resolve of a true Pioneer.

Ask yourself, at WRA, What Will You Pioneer?


Pioneering Stories

Adjoa '17

Adjoa is pioneering her own path to success, through songwriting.

For Adjoa, music is everywhere. She’s performed in seven school musicals. She’s a singer, a guitarist and a songwriter. She even writes songs to aid in memorization. Her passion for music has found many outlets at WRA. But she’s also a swimmer, and plays field hockey and lacrosse. In college, she’s planning to study music. And computer science. Our students often find labels too limiting. And we believe there is no limit to what they can achieve.

Andrew '17

Andrew pioneered a new definition of courage.

Seven years ago, when doctors diagnosed Andrew with a rare bone cancer, they told him he'd never play a contact sport again. Three years ago, he had his leg amputated at the knee. Last year - with intense physical therapy and even more intense determination - he strapped on a Pioneer football helmet and proved them wrong. At WRA, we encourage our students to work to overcome their challenges. Andrew's work inspires us all.

Avery '18

Avery is pioneering biomedical technologies. And a career path.

For Avery Brewer, hands-on learning has taken on a new meaning. She was part of an engineering team that designed a prosthetic capable of sensing flexes in the arm of an amputee and translating them into movements in a robotic hand. At WRA, The Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity gives every student access to cutting-edge equipment and the nurturing guidance of our experienced faculty. But they’re not just here to help you make things. They can also help you make a difference.

Darby '15

Darby pioneered a campus weather station. And her future.

Darby Johnson has always had her head in the clouds. But the WRA grad is far from absent-minded — she’s had a lifelong passion for weather. At WRA, her science teacher encouraged her to construct a campus weather station. “It’s something I never would have had an opportunity to do, unless I came to this school,” says Darby. The experience is serving her well at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she’s studying meteorology. For Darby, and all of our alumni working hard toward their dreams, the future looks bright and sunny.

Katie '18

Katie pioneered a new level of confidence.

When Katie Ly arrived at WRA, shyness often kept her from speaking up in class. But when she discovered dance, her confidence began to grow. As she became more aware of her body’s movement, she started to walk taller, more assured. And she opened up in class. At WRA, every student is encouraged to discover outlets for self-expression on their path to developing the confidence to excel in the world ahead. Katie is taking all the right steps

Dr. Lisabeth Robinson

Dr. Robinson pioneered a place to talk about race.

As issues of race continue to make national headlines, Dr. Lisabeth Robinson saw a need to address this important subject. She helped WRA students launch “Race Space,” a series of open discussions on race, injustice and privilege. These kinds of forums, common in colleges, are part of the everyday fabric at our high school. At WRA, we invite students to think critically about the world’s most significant issues, in the most supportive environment. It’s why they are so well prepared to make a difference in the world ahead.

Mr. Matt Peterson

Mr. Peterson is pioneering a classroom without walls.

As Academic Dean and Chair of the English Department, Mr. Matt Peterson takes his love of nature into the classroom — by taking the classroom into nature. Through WRA’s Saturday Academy, Mr. Peterson takes students to Cuyahoga Valley National Park to reflect on the still beauty of the natural world and express their thoughts in poetry. As Outreach Sustainability Coordinator, Mr. Peterson also leads our efforts to integrate sustainability initiatives across our campus. Because when you’re teaching students how to appreciate the world around them, it makes sense to find ways to protect it.

Dr. Robert Aguilar

Dr. Aguilar and his students are pioneering vaccines for cancer.

WRA biology teacher Dr. Robert Aguilar was integrally involved in breakthrough discoveries at Cleveland Clinic that could become the first-ever vaccine to prevent breast cancer. Now he’s working on a similar vaccine for testicular cancer, inviting his students to contribute to the research. At WRA, the opportunities to pioneer are as diverse as the imagination. We can’t wait to see where your imagination will lead you.

Paul '17

Paul is pioneering innovations for kids with autism, like his brother.

For Paul Schumacher, Western Reserve Academy’s Compass course was more than a chance to pursue real-world self-study. It was a chance to change the lives of kids with autism. After witnessing his brother’s struggles with overstimulation, he designed a sensory space at a local school to calm students with autism. And he’s launched a start-up company to do even more. At WRA, students are encouraged to push their own boundaries in a supportive environment. Paul’s project is helping kids with autism do the same.

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