The Application Process

Thank you for your interest in Western Reserve Academy! We're thrilled to get to know you throughout the application process. Please know that we are always an email or phone call away to answer questions and provide any kind of assistance.

Step 1: Inquire

Fill out our Inquiry form to start the Application process. Check your mailbox — we’ll mail you our Viewbook and check your inbox for the next steps in this exciting adventure!

Step 2: Visit and Interview

Visiting campus will allow you to see what life at WRA is all about. Meet students, tour our beautiful 190-acre campus, catch Morning Meeting, go to class and ask tons of questions. We want to get to know you and give you the opportunity to get to know us!

Plan on spending at least two hours with us. This allows time for the campus tour and interview, but we’d love to have you for longer! We’re happy to customize the experience based on your academic and extracurricular interests. Hop to our Visit page to learn more or schedule today by contacting our office at or 330-650-9717.

We understand that not everyone can make it to campus. We’re happy to arrange a Skype interview with you so we can learn about each other or you can check our travel calendar — we may be coming to a town near you! Please note that an interview is required as part of the application process.

Step 3: Apply

Apply to Western Reserve Academy using one of the following application portals:


  • Western Reserve Academy uses the Standard Application Online (SAO). To learn more about using the SAO and begin your application, click here

In addition to an interview and the written parts of our application, we require the submission of your transcripts, a recommendation from your school Principal or counselor, and recommendations from your current English and math teachers. The above applications will walk you through these steps. Please contact our office if you ever have questions at or 330-650-9717.

If you are applying for Financial Aid, please review our Tuition and Affording WRA page for instructions and deadlines. Application Fees:

  • $75 domestic students
  • $175 international students
International Applicants

Step 4: Required Testing

All applicants are required to submit an official score report for ONE of the following standardized tests. Please review the chart to determine which test is right for you.


    • To register for the SSAT click here
    • WRA's school code is 8110.
    • We administer the SSAT on WRA's campus on the following Saturday mornings:
        • Oct. 19, 2019
        • Nov. 16, 2019
        • Dec. 14, 2019
        • Jan. 4, 2020
        • Feb. 8, 2020
        • Mar. 7, 2020


Non-native English speakers are also required to submit an official score report for one of the following English proficiency exams.



An English proficiency exam is optional for the following applicans:

  • Students who have been attending an English speaking school for 3+ years
  • Students from China
  • For more information about the application process for international students, click here.

Important Dates

January 17, 2020 — day student applications due and Financial Aid paperwork due

February 7, 2020 — day student decisions released

February 14, 2020 — boarding student applications and Financial Aid paperwork due

March 10, 2020 — boarding student decisions released

Should you miss any application deadlines, you are encouraged to contact the Admission Office about space and financial aid availability.