English Language and Innovation Institute

Coed, full-day boarding program for non-native speakers ages 11-17

Coed, Full Day, Boarding Program for Non-Native Speakers

July 20 - August 12 | Ages 11-17 |Cost $7,800


**We are excited to share that FORBES Asia recently named Western Reserve Academy among the top boarding schools in the world, ranking it at number 6!

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Program Information

Our English Language & Innovation Institute (ELII) boasts proven success. Our dynamic and experienced ELII faculty, has over 70 years of teaching experience. The morning academic session focuses on English listening, speaking, reading and writing.

The afternoon innovation and enrichment session allows students to explore our 6,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Wang Innovation Center, Coding courses, arts and standardized test preparation.

Late afternoons are dedicated to fitness activities and games. Evenings during the week are dedicated to supervised study hall and communal time. Weekends are loaded with fun and adventure involving trips to area attractions— just like a traditional U.S. boarding school experience.

ELII students are housed in WRA’s single-sex dormitories and eat meals in our dining hall.

English Language Education

Our veteran faculty engage students in a rigorous academic environment that focuses on English listening, reading, speaking and writing. Students are divided by competency levels for more individualized instruction. Class size is eight students per instructor. This ensures rapid and consistent improvement for every student with an almost 40% average increase in writing and speaking test results within a three week period.


  • Wang Innovation Center — This 6,000 square foot learning space allows students to take ideas from concept to completion using state of the art design and production equipment guided by expert faculty.
  • Coding — ELII students will develop computer programming skills by creating interactive games involving artistic design and software programs.
  • Arts — Students visit the Cleveland Museum of Art (45,000 works of art in permanent collection with international recognition for its substantial Asian and Egyptian art holdings), receive jazz/hip hop dance instruction and create personal works in studio art experiences.


Western Reserve Academy’s campus is located in the historic and thriving town of Hudson, Ohio. Students are permitted (in groups of 2 or more) to spend time in Hudson’s quaint downtown area shopping, getting ice cream, or relaxing on the town green (www.firstandmainhudson.com) . Weekends are full of adventure including things like hiking the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (51 sq. miles of preserved parkland), shopping, Cleveland Indians baseball games, the Cleveland Zoo (183 acres with one of the largest collections of primates in North America), the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and other exciting activities.

What to know
The application process is open now! Your students will be in wonderful hands -- Nancy Hovan, ELII Program Director and WRA Admission representative, has a staff of counselors supervising and engaging students at all times.

Tuition & Travel Information
The $7,800 tuition covers all airport transportation (on designated travel days), health insurance, admission and travel to activities and trips, room and board and linens of all types. Nancy Hovan, ELII Program Director and WRA Admission representative, has a staff of vibrant counselors, all WRA graduates, supervising and engaging students at all times.

Students need only to bring personal spending money. Please know that this 23-day program requires a Visitor Visa, and our campus is a 35-minute drive from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE).

Learn more from our ELII counselors

Alicia Ma, counselor
*Graduated from WRA in May 2018

While a four-year day student from Hudson, Ohio, Alicia was a three-sport Varsity Captain in tennis, track & field and was a member of the swim team. She also was the Yearbook Editor and a Morgan Leader. Alicia attends the University of Pittsburgh and is majoring in Biology and is on the Pre-Med track.

Highlights from ELII Summer 2018 include visits to the Cleveland Zoo and ice skating!

The ELII Program is able to help students learn about WRA but also allows the students to experience different activities and meet new people from different countries.

Max Burkhart, counselor
*Graduated from WRA in May 2017

While a four-year boarding student from Canton, Ohio, Max was involved in many activities at WRA including Captain of the Varsity baseball team, a chief ambassador for the admission office, played varsity basketball, member of the dance program and was a prefect for two years. Max is currently attending the University of Colorado Boulder and studying psychology with a minor in mathematics. Max has been an ELII Counselor.

Highlights from ELII the last two summers include trips to Cedar Point, the Cleveland Zoo and a professional baseball game, the local Cleveland Indians. Max has developed close friendships with many ELII students and still keeps in touch with a few on a weekly basis.

I think the ELII program gives students the chance to develop lifelong connections with people from different backgrounds as well as has them return home able to speak English and has them well prepared for whatever high school endeavors await them.

Alice Wu, counselor
*Graduated from WRA in May 2017

Alice now attends Vanderbilt University and is double-majoring in Neuroscience and economics. In addition to being an ELII Counselor for the last two summers, Alice is also a Teacher's Assistant to the ELII Faculty.

Her highlights from ELII include going ice skating in the middle of summer and seeing the students who knew how to ice skate help those who were just learning! ;)

The ELII Program gives our students an immersive language and cultural experience. The community is very welcoming, and it offers a representative glimpse of American boarding school life.

Review our ELII brochure, available in multiple languages!