Engineering & Applied Sciences

Offers a unique opportunity for every Pioneer to pursue a passion or unlock a new opportunity

WRA has introduced a new multi-disciplinary department created to hone creativity, passion and skill. We've figured out how to give students real world experience, pursue a passion, serve their communities, master cutting-edge technology in our innovation lab and so much more. From ideation to entrepreneurship, communication and collaboration, WRA presents enrichment at its finest.

How does this equip our students for success? It gives them a more enhanced high school journey and distinguishes them in the college application process. And, most important, it prepares them for life.

Spotlight Course

Automotive engineering design

This course introduces the fundamental principles of good engineering practices through a series of projects, culminating in the construction of a push powered Go Kart. Focusing on the importance of specifying the objectives of the design, process documentation, and continual evaluation through testing, and design refinement. All the while emphasizing that engineering often allows many alternative solutions to a single problem. Relevant scientific principles will be introduced in a classroom setting while other days will be spent in the WIC building and testing components of design. The course wraps up with a race, where cars will be evaluated on certain performance criteria.

The Path

Freshmen: Students take Learn to Make.

Sophomores: Students take Learn to Live Well.

Juniors: Students prepare for the college application process in Learn to College.

Electives: Fitness & Athletic Performance Training, CL Compass, Automotive Engineering Design, Engineering and Fabrication, Advanced Engineering and Fabrication, CL Mechanical Engineering, CL Fab Academy, Graphic Design and Illustration, 3D Printing and Design, E-textiles and Fabrics, Idea to Product: How to Start a Business, Digital Video Editing and Effects, Architectural Restoration, Digital Fabrication Capstone, Service-Learning Engineering, Advanced Technology Practicum, Advanced Technology Teaching Practicum, CL Automation Engineering, Speech, Computer Programming: Python, CL Computer Science, So, You Want To Get Published…, Applied Positive Psychology, Principles of Athletic Training, Advanced Principles of Athletic Training, Mission in Action, The Evolution and Impact of Advertising

Fun Fact: Students have the opportunity to earn industry certification in WIC courses.

Graduation Requirements

2 credits including Engineering and Fabrication (Grade 9), Health Science & Wellness and Learn to College.

View our complete course offerings list and the Academic Course Descriptions 2024-25.

ISD Highlight: Compass

Compass aims to connect students with the world beyond the walls of Western Reserve Academy by cultivating their unique interests and talents and applying them to a “real-world” setting. A second, but not secondary, aim of Compass is to bring coherence to WRA students’ broader academic pursuits. Over the course of the academic year, enrolled students will meet regularly with the compass coordinator and work to develop skills in the areas of project design, collaboration, scheduling and implementation, budgeting, proposal development, making a pitch, leadership and resilience, process reflection, professionalism, marketing, research, interviewing, and presentation. At the end of the academic year, students will present their work for assessment before a chosen assembly. In order to be eligible for this program, students must submit an application, which will be evaluated by members of the program’s steering committee.

Meet the Faculty