Why WRA?

The future belongs to the Pioneer

Western Reserve Academy has been ranked the #1 Boarding School and Private High School in Ohio and high among the nation's top boarding and day schools. 100% of our graduates go on to attend 4-year colleges or universities, many at the most selective schools in the world. Architectural Digest named WRA the most beautiful private school in Ohio. And while we are proud of these accolades, we are more interested in your dreams and aspirations.


That's what it means to be at a boarding school. From the moment you step on WRA's campus, you'll notice something different. Our residential tradition means care is everywhere. And our Midwestern style exudes warmth. We also have a cozy downtown right at our doorstep so you're just seconds away from coffee shops, restaurants and making memories with your friends.

We help bring your dreams to life through an academic program that's on the cutting edge of a classical education. Our curriculum, called one of the most innovative in the country, blends challenging college prep coursework with exciting learning opportunities you won't find at any other school. All of this is in the spirit of diversity of thought and learning, because every Pioneer blazes their own path.

We are the first school in our region to move beyond Advanced Placement courses, ending the need to teach to the test and offering more immersive courses we call College Level. We're the only high school that offers cancer immunology courses and our students conduct research at Case Western University and the Cleveland Clinic. We've also been named the best school in the state for STEM, thanks to our Wang Innovation Center, a 6,000-square-foot, hands-on, high-tech idea incubator.


When you choose Reserve, you choose more adventure, more empowering academics and an environment with more diverse friends and experiences. All of these advantages give you an edge in college, life and everything you choose to pioneer.



At WRA we are lucky enough to be surrounded by people who care about important things. We don't go to a normal high school, we go to a place where people feel it is important to share their opinions. When I shadowed at Reserve at 13 years old, there were people in my art class discussing politics. This was something new to me and something I wanted more of. I wasn't interested in going to a high school like those displayed in movies - their cliques and constant drama. I wanted a place where I could grow both as a student and a person... and I found that here at Reserve.

- Chloe Zampelli '18



The Boarding School Advantage

Boarding gives you the chance to try new things, build amazing friendships, challenge yourself, gain independence, figure out what inspires you and discover all you can achieve when given the opportunity. If you are a day student considering WRA, you receive all the benefits of our community and culture as part of your school experience.

Learn what students, parents and advisors have to say about their journey with boarding.

Discover what's beyond a traditional high school. Discover opportunity, preparation and excitement. Discover boarding.

Boarding parent Marsha shares her thoughts on boarding school.

Listen to what boarding parent Kristen has to say about students being their best selves at boarding school.

Hear why one student decided to pursue boarding school.

Boarding parent Kara discusses the benefits of boarding.

Advisor Tim discusses his perspective on boarding. 

Hear why one boarding student feels more prepared for college.

Boarding parent Kara explains the boarding advantage of knowing your own strengths.

Advisor Tim discusses the advantage of boarding school.


Every one of our students has a success story to tell. We can't wait to tell yours.

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