International Applicants

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.

International Applicants

Step 1: Inquire

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

Step 2: Visit and Interview

We'd love for you to visit campus and meet students, tour our beautiful 190-acre campus, go to class and ask tons of questions. However, we understand it may be difficult to come for a visit so we are happy to arrange a Skype interview. Please contact to schedule an interview.

You may also view our admission travel calendar to see if we will be in your area soon.

Please note that the interview is part of the application process.

Step 3: 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.




    • Take the IELTS by clicking here.

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

Step 4: Apply

Start your Application! 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.
  • Use the WRA Application.

All international applicants must submit a copy of their passport with the application.

Applicants from Greater China

Applicant Process

Who is considered an applicant from China?

Every year we try to put together a well rounded class with students from diverse backgrounds. What we look at is the educational background a student brings to the classroom. Therefore, regardless whether an applicant has a green card or a passport other than PRC, if the student has received the majority of his or her education from a Chinese school, public or private, that applicant is considered an applicant from China.

If an applicant has received the majority of his or her education from an international school in China which only admits non-Chinese passport holders, he or she will be considered non-Chinese.

If an applicant with a PRC passport has attended a school in the US for a minimum of three years immediately prior to attending high school, he or she will be considered non-Chinese.

Test Requirements

All applicants are required to take the SSAT.

TOEFL is optional. You can choose to submit your score or not. WRA uses a comprehensive interview process to evaluate an applicant's English. We care more about one's real English language ability than an often inflated TOEFL score through months of test prep.

Interview Process

All applicants from Greater China (including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan) are required to have an in-person interview. Applicants and their families should contact WRA's Shanghai Admission Representative Ms. Jessie Chen, at and you may schedule your interview here.

Please note that the application must be started and the application fee paid before scheduling an interview.

Each interview session lasts 120-140 minutes. Applicants will be interviewed individually and put into a group of 4-6 for a reading and discussion exercise followed by timed writing.

This in-person group interview is REQUIRED.

A skype interview or Vericant cannot substitute this in-person group interview. We offer group interviews in many different cities in China throughout the admission season. For students that are currently studying in the US during the school year, we recommend you attend a group interview in China during your Christmas holiday. There are on campus group interviews at the end of February. If your parents are in China and cannot accompany you to come, please contact Jessie Chen.

Come to an Admission Info Session

Shanghai: Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.
Shenzhen: Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.
Beijing: Oct. 9 at 6 p.m.
Nanjing: Nov. 1 at 6 p.m.
Wuhan: Nov. 3 at 10 a.m.
Chengdu: Nov. 30 at 10 a.m.
Hong Kong: Jan. 4 at 2 p.m.

Group Interview Dates

Nanjing: 11/2/2019
Wuhan: 11/3/2019
Chengdu: 11/30/2019
Xiamen: 12/15/2019
Beijing: 12/20/2019 - 12/22/2019
Shenzhen: 12/31/2019 - 1/1/2020
Shanghai: 12/28/2019 - 12/29/2019, 1/11/2020 - 1/12/2020, 1/18/2020, 2/9/2020
Shenzhen: 12/31/2019-1/1/2020
Hong Kong: 1/5/2020
On Campus: 2/29/2020 - 2/30/2020

Do parents need to come?

Yes! Since the applicant is still a minor, we would like to meet with both parents. Our current and past parents will be at the interview site to answer any questions. And our admission officer will also be there to meet parents.

How to schedule an interview

  • Start an online account on SSAT. fill out the basic information and pay for the application fee.
  • Then schedule an interview on WRA website.

Material Submission

Our application deadline is January 17. We understand that your transcript, your recommendations and your test score may not be ready by Jan 17 . You must submit everything by February 14.

You may check the status of your application on the SSAT site yourself. If there is something missing, we will contact you. It is extremely important that you put on your application a working email address which you will check daily

Frequently Asked Questions

Is WRA mainly a day school or boarding school?

WRA is mainly a boarding school with close to 65% of our students living on campus. The entire school program is designed for boarding students. It is also a co-ed school with nearly the same number of boys and girls.

How many Chinese students are you going to admit for the 2019-20 school year?

We are going to admit 10 students, 8 into 9th grade and 2 into 10th grade. It will be an even number of girls and boys.

Do you offer ESL classes?


Do you admit students for the spring semester?


What is the admit rate?

The admit rate is around 5%.

Will there be spaces for 11th and 12th grade?

If someone from our Chinese student pool doesn’t rise to 11th grade, we may have a space for 11th . We don’t admit Chinese students into 12th grade or PG.

How do I schedule a campus visit?

You may email our admission office ( to schedule a campus visit. We may be able to accommodate drop-ins. But please be aware of school holidays when school is closed. Please look at our calendar before you book your travels.

  • If you are not able to come to campus, it will not hurt your chances.
  • Even if you have visited campus, you are still required to do an in-person group interview.

How do I prepare for the interview?

Be yourself. It is to your benefit to showcase your true self. Being overly prepared for your interview can only hurt you. Don’t try to say what you think the interviewer wants to hear. Show your uniqueness! Be honest!

Don't bring any application material, DVDs or extra printed profiles of yourself.

When will admission decisions be announced?

Admission decisions will be sent via email around March 10, 2020.

Important Dates

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.

Meet Your International Admission Representatives

Jordan Shriver

Jordan Shriver

Associate Director of Admission, Coordinator of International Admission
President's House
Jessie Chen

Jessie Chen

Special Assistant to the Head of School, Admission Officer in Greater China