Integrated Studies and Design

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.

2020–21 Integrated Studies and Design Courses

  • Learn to Code (half credit)
  • Learn to Make (half credit)
  • Learn to Live Well (half credit)
  • Learn to College (half credit)
  • CL Compass
  • Automotive Engineering Design (half credit)
  • Exercise Physiology (half credit)
  • Engineering and Fabrication (half credit)
  • Advanced Engineering and Fabrication (half credit)
  • Graphic Design and Illustration (half credit)
  • 3D Printing and Design (half credit)
  • E-textiles and Fabrics (half credit)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (half credit)
  • Idea to Product: How to Start a Business (half credit)
  • Digital Video Editing and Effects (half credit)
  • Financial Literacy (half credit)
  • This Old Barn (half credit)
  • Digital Fabrication Capstone (half credit)
  • Service-Learning Engineering (half credit)
  • Introduction to Geography →
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems →
  • Computer Programming: Python (half credit)
  • CL Computer Science
  • Costuming for Everyone
  • Book Arts
  • Disruptive Ideas
  • Speech

View our complete course offerings list and the Academic Course Descriptions 2020-21.



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, presentation, et. al. 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 the various members of the program's steering committee. This course fulfills the upper-level ISD requirement. Only rising juniors and seniors are eligible to apply.



Meet the Faculty

Ralf Borrmann

Ralf Borrmann

Titles: Compass Coordinator
Caitlin Fritz

Caitlin Fritz

Titles: Director of Education Technology
Matthew Gerber

Matthew Gerber

Titles: Chief Innovation Officer, The Cole Family Endowed Chair in Technology
Sasha Maseelall

Sasha Maseelall

Titles: English Faculty
Jeffrey Namiotka

Jeffrey Namiotka

Titles: Robert F. & Velia Pryce Chair in Modern & Classical Languages