Head of School

Welcome Message

Welcome to Western Reserve Academy.

Founded in 1826, WRA is one of the country’s top-ranked independent boarding and day schools, offering a dynamic and distinctive college preparatory curriculum on one of America’s most beautiful campuses. Our setting in idyllic Hudson, Ohio, and our enduring values of excellence, compassion and integrity provide the backdrop for a spectacular place to learn, with a pioneering mindset true to our school identity.

Some elements of Reserve have stayed the same, because the things that matter most still matter here. Students thank their teachers after class. Passersby stop and say hello. We sit down for meals together. We all play sports. As a boarding community, we gather in our beautiful dormitories and in the on-campus homes of faculty to cook, play music, read books and laugh.

While our traditions and history are grounding, and rooted in our Midwestern values, changes here are helping our students soar.

Always evolving, we have moved beyond the AP curriculum, have opened our high-tech dream space, The Wang Innovation Center, and offer students life-changing study through programs of distinction like Compass, Saturday Academy and Beyond Reserve. You’ll read much more about our world-class faculty and students from around the country and the world on this site.

As a graduate of WRA, I know firsthand how students prosper in our tight-knit community. As a Latin 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.

After you visit our site, I encourage you to contact us directly, as nothing can replace a personal conversation or visit.

Thank you for the opportunity to tell you our story. Now, we look forward to hearing yours.

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Christopher D. Burner '80
Head of School

Christopher D. Burner '80
The 31st Head of School for Western Reserve Academy
Read his profile.

Head of School Reflections

In this special episode of StoryBoard we sit down with Head of School Chris Burner to reflect on his time with WRA and celebrate his various accomplishments.


On my DESK

American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant
By Ronald C. White

And, one by our very own Board of Trustees member and alumnus:

In Pursuit of Privilege: A History of New York City's Upper Class and the Making of a Metropolis
By Clifton Hood '72