For the second year in a row Western Reserve Academy was named the #1 Best Private High School in Ohio by Niche. The school also ranked in the top 3% of private high schools nationally and high among the country's best boarding schools.
"WRA has consistently ranked high on Niche's list, and we are especially happy to have earned the number one ranking for the second consecutive year," said WRA Head of School Christoper D. Burner '80. "Excellent schools evolve, and WRA has an innovation mindset as education changes. All the same, I am very proud that our core values of excellence, integrity and compassion remain as we build on nearly 200 years of history."
WRA also was recognized by Niche as the #1 Best Boarding High School in Ohio; #1 Best High School for STEM in Ohio; and #1 Most Diverse Private High School in the Cleveland Area. Burner added, "These nods are especially rewarding as they applaud areas that are central to our traditions and evolution... from our residential curriculum, to our Wang Innovation Center, to our students hailing from 26 states and 16 countries to create a truly global community."
Niche, an educational ranking and review company, combines rigorous analysis with authentic reviews to highlight the best places to live and go to school. Each year, Niche publishes a list of the best schools — public, private and boarding — on the state and national level. Niche ranks nearly 3,900 private high schools across the U.S. Their data is based on multiple factors, including hard numbers, such as SAT/ACT scores, and more qualitative data, such as where graduates go to college, and student and parent feedback.
A recap of the 2019 rankings for WRA:
#1 Best Private High School in Ohio
#1 Best Boarding High School in Ohio
#1 Best High School for STEM in Ohio
#1 Most Diverse Private High School in the Cleveland Area
#2 Best College Prep Private High School in Ohio
Top 3% Best Private High Schools in the U.S.
Top 10% Best Boarding Schools in the U.S.
In the coming school year, WRA will celebrate its $80 million Campaign for Excellence & Access, which supports financial aid, endowment and faculty, and enables campus preservation. Later this month for example, Seymour Hall - the school's main academic building - will reopen after a $14 million renovation. Seymour is one of the mainstays of WRA's 190-acre campus that contributed to the designation of the school as "The Most Beautiful Private School in Ohio" by Architectural Digest this spring.