Parents

Welcome, WRA families!

Parents are an integral part of our school and we appreciate your support in our mission of student education and development at Western Reserve Academy.

There are many ways to get involved, explore the site to learn more.



Our evolving curriculum

WRA equips students for a changing world with essential knowledge and critical, transferrable skills through its transformed independent curriculum. In the 2017-18 school year, we moved away from an Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum, although students are still be able to sit for AP exams at WRA. Learn more about our curriculum.



Parent Organizations

At Western Reserve Academy there are countless ways for parents to connect with the school and to get involved. Stay up to date through the Parent Connections weekly email and on the MyReserve Parent Portal. The Pioneer Women's Association and the Dads Club work together to lead parent involvement on campus, while supporting the students and the school.

PIONEER WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION

Pioneer Women’s Association of Western Reserve Academy (PWA) exists to enhance and enrich student life at Western Reserve Academy while facilitating communication between faculty, staff, administration and parents. We strive to fulfill our purpose by supporting our committees and underwriting a variety of student and parent activities.

Membership

Membership in PWA is extended to all women associated with Western Reserve Academy.

Pioneer Women’s Association is governed by an Executive Board of nine who, together with Committee Chairs from a variety of subcommittees, make up the General Board. The General Board and all other current PWA members comprise the General Membership. The General Membership meets five times each year to hear committee reports and to vote on the budget, allocations and officers. Committee work is throughout the school year.

PWA Committees

We invite you to join us! Email the PWA at pioneerwomen@wra.net if you would like to join their committee.

Alumni Parents - The committee organizes and hosts events during times when current parents are busy with school activities with their students. These parents may be called upon by the executive board or the Advancement Office for support at school functions.

Blazer/Kilt Sales - At the start of the school year, this committee organizes the sale of used blazers, kilts, pants and WRA school wear, dress shirts and ties. New and gentle used garments accepted at the end of the school year as a donation or for consignment.

CCIS (Cleveland Council of Independent Schools) - CCIS promotes cooperation among 14 independent schools in northeastern Ohio, committed to the ideal of an independent education as a valuable and viable choice for learning today. PWA represents WRA at CCIS parents meetings. Our representatives report back to our school at the PW A general board meetings.

Exam Survival Kit - This committee delivers special exam week survival kits. Exam week survival kits include donuts, chips and healthy snacks to get students through the grind of exam week. They are available for order on the MyReserve Parent Portal just before exams.

Concessions - Sells food at athletic events held at the school.

Dorm Feeds - PWA members deliver snacks to the dorm common rooms at study break times. This treat occurs about once a month and is a huge hit with the boarding students.

Exam Week Coffee House - During Fall and Spring exam weeks, PWA provides various hot beverages, fruit, pastries, etc., to faculty and students.

Merchandise - Market and monitor cookbook sales both on and off campus, as well as sales of WRA charms, afghans, and Tervis Tumblers in WRA's Campus Store.

Mom's Network - Designed to promote social interaction between the boarding and non-boarding moms of WRA. This committee plans informal social gatherings throughout the year in various locales.

Newsletter - Three times a year this committee prepares a newsletter that is electronically sent to all current and alumni Pioneer Women. Articles and photographs are welcome from all WRA parents.

Senior Activities - Coordinates senior parties, the senior dinner at graduation and assists with prom and after prom.

Staff Appreciation - Holds an appreciation breakfast for faculty and administrators, which is very popular for everyone.

Student Activities - The committee is responsible for the back to school party, two school dances, the Bicknell Bonanza and Send off to Summer. They also may be called upon by class deans to assist in events.


DADS CLUB

The Dads Club is a voluntary association of fathers and father figures of Academy students for the purpose of giving organized support intended to enrich the WRA experience for its students, faculty and staff. Our efforts preserve and promote the school's traditions, underwrite fun and meaningful endeavors, enhance development efforts and foster enthusiasm within the parent community. Our underlying purpose is to bring the Academy, the parents and the students closer together. We accomplish this by providing support to the Compass program, with grants and additional activities in conjunction with the PWA.

Learn more about the history of Dads Club.

Membership

The father, any male relative or friend designated by a WRA student may become a member of the Dads Club and shall remain a member as long as the student is enrolled at WRA.

We encourage every Dad to become an active member of the Dads Club. We need individuals who can participate actively – as well as those who cannot – in order to provide support for an organization that gives something extra for their students.

Dads Club Meeting Schedule

General Dads Club meetings are on an adhoc basis during the school year. Dads Club works very closely with the PWA and all dads are welcome to attend PWA meetings.

For more specific information about meeting and events dates or for more information on Dads Club, send an email to dadsclub@wra.net.