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We are here to guide you each step of the way.

Considering where you will spend your high school years is a big decision. We think the best part of the process is meeting you and your family. We want to make your experience personal. Our Admission Office provides support on every step of your WRA journey, from the application process to the millions of dollars in financial aid we provide to families each year.

The Application Process

Step1: 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

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 Ms. Head at admission@wra.net 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: Required Testing

Please refer to this chart to see which test is appropriate for you, only one is required:

The SSAT will be administered on our campus on: 10/13/18, 11/10/18, 12/8/18, 1/5/19, 2/2/19, and 3/2/19. Please register through SSAT (WRA school code: 8110). We will also accept the ISEE.

The Toefl is required for non-native English Speakers. The Toefl will be waived if the student has been in an English speaking school for 2+ years. (Toefl test code: 8115)

Step 4: Apply

You can apply to Western Reserve Academy by submitting the Gateway to Prep Schools Application or the Standard Application Online (The SAO through SSAT.org, WRA school code is 8110).

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 admission@wra.net or 330-650-9717.

If you are applying for Financial Aid, please review our Tuition and Financial page for instructions and deadlines.

Application Fees:
  • $75 domestic students, $175 international students
International Applicants
  • Your application must be completed and the application fee received before scheduling an interview. You may submit a Gateway to Prep Schools Application or apply through SSAT.
  • Test Requirements: TOEFL (minimum score: 100) & SSAT (TOEFL Jr., IELTS, and SLEP tests are not accepted)
  • All international applicants must submit a copy of their passport with the application.
Additional Instructions for applicants from mainland China:
  • All Chinese applicants are required to have an in-person interview. Applicants and their families should contact WRA's Shanghai Admission Representative Ms. Jessie Chen, at chenj@wra.net.
  • You must start the online application and pay the application fee before scheduling an interview with Ms. Chen.
  • Click here to schedule an interview in China.
  • For additional questions, please view this FAQ from Ms. Chen.


Important Dates

December 7, 2018 — day student applications and Financial Aid paperwork due


January 11, 2019 — day student decisions released


January 25, 2019 — day student Revisit Day


February 15, 2019 — boarding student applications and Financial Aid paperwork due


March 8 , 2019 — boarding student decisions released


April 1, 2019 — Revisit Day


Applications submitted after Feb. 15, 2019 will be considered but may not receive a decision on March 8.

We understand students are often applying to schools with varied admission deadlines. The admission committee, in some cases, can give applicants an "early read." Applicants and their families can request an early read by contacting the admissions office at admission@wra.net.