English Language and Innovation Institute

Coed, full-day boarding program for non-native speakers ages 12-17

Summer 2020 program details coming soon. Please email us at summerprograms@wra.net with questions.

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

Ages 12-17 |Cost $7,800


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Program Information

Our English Language and Innovation Institute boasts superior and proven success. Our dynamic and experienced faculty, led by Dr. Dawn Little, 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 state-of-the-art Wang Innovation Center, Coding courses, arts and TOEFL 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 Cleveland and other area attractions — much like a traditional boarding school experience.

ELII students are housed in WRA’s 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 broken into three competency levels for more individualized instruction. Class size is 8 students per instructor. This ensures rapid and consistent improvement for every student with an almost 40 percent average increase in writing and speaking test results within a three week period.

Daily Schedule

A typical day for the ELII student will follow this sample schedule:

  • 7:45–8:20 a.m. | Breakfast in Ellsworth Hall
  • 8:30–Noon | Class, interspersed with breaks; students will learn how to write research papers, learn classroom norms, seek leadership opportunities, organize lab reports, and other study skills necessary to succeed at independent high schools in the United States.
  • Noon–12:45 p.m. | Lunch in Ellsworth Hall
  • 12:45–3 p.m. | Innovation Block; students will explore The Wang Innovation Center, working with Chief Innovation Officer Matt Gerber to learn skills such as 3D scanning, garment and UV printing, poster and decal creation, laser and plasma cutting, electronics and more. Students will also work with Cleveland-based coding company, We can {code} IT.
  • 3:30–5 p.m. | Athletic activity, such as swimming, personal fitness, etc.
  • 5:30–6:15 p.m. | Dinner in Ellsworth Hall
  • 7:30–9 p.m. | Evening Study Hall
  • 9:15 p.m. | Dorm sign in
  • 11 p.m. | Lights out

Certain weeks will focus on building other skills, such as fine arts and test preparation. Weekends include weekly workshops and off-campus field trips to popular destinations, such as the Cleveland Natural History Museum, a working farm, an amusement park and the world-renowned Cleveland Museum of Art.

  • Wang Innovation Center — students will have the opportunity to take ideas from concept to completion using state-of-the-art design and production equipment guided by expert faculty.
  • Coding — 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 participate 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 (firstandmainhudson.com) shopping, getting ice cream, or relaxing on the town green. 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 all-inclusive cost for the program is $7,800. The tuition covers:

  • All airport transportation (on designated travel days)
  • Admission and travel to activities and trips
  • Room, board, linens of all types
  • Textbooks
  • Student health insurance.

Students need only to bring personal spending money. Please know that this 28-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.