English Language and Innovation Institute

Coed, full-day boarding program for non-native speakers ages 13-17

July 13 – Aug. 10 | Coed, Full Day, Boarding Program for Non-Native Speakers

Ages 13-17 |Cost $ 7,800

Program Information

Western Reserve Academy’s English Language and Innovation Institute is for students ages 13 – 17 for whom English is not their native language and for whom experiential learning in a state of the art digital fabrication lab and coding are of interest.

It serves intermediate and advanced English as a Second Language students – students who have studied English for two to three years.

Western Reserve Academy is a dynamic and supportive coed boarding school for students in grades 9-12. We have been committed to excellence, integrity and compassion since 1826.

ELII provides a thorough education of the English language and American Culture in the morning while immersing the students in experiential learning experiences and coding in our state of the art digital fabrication lab in the afternoon. Key areas of emphasis include:

    • Advanced vocabulary building and reading comprehension with reading and writing development - including research papers and lab reports.
    • Testing, study and classroom behavior skills, – including TOEFL prep and how to use a graphing calculator
    • Introductory and advanced coding
    • Taking ideas from concept to completion utilizing hands on experiences in The Wang Innovation Center, our world-class digital fabrication lab.

Program participants experience American boarding school life by engaging in a wide variety of activities, both inside and outside of the classroom.

The WRA Difference - Preparation for Independent School
Western Reserve Academy is proud to host a uniquely designed and crafted program for English as a Second Language students. ELII is very supportive and equipped to prepare students for what lies ahead in their academic pursuits at American independent schools.

    • Participants have the special opportunity to work in our state-of-the-art digital fabrication lab, The Wang Innovation Center.
    • TOEFL scores increased an average of 13 percent for 2017 program participants.

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 Dean of Faculty and Director of Information & Education Technology 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.

Life as an American Student
Every week, students participate in weekly seminars designed to help introduce life as a high school student in the United States. These seminars are led by WRA graduates, current college students and faculty, who have experienced these practicums firsthand. Upon completion of their time at ELII, students have experience and familiarity with American culture and feel prepared for life in an American, independent school and beyond.

Healthcare & Safety
WRA has a fully equipped health center located on campus. The school’s physician has office hours throughout the week and a registered nurse is always on call. Program participants always have full access to healthcare professionals. WRA's campus security staff serves as a resource for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The safety and well-being of all students is always our top priority.

Tuition & Travel Information
The all-inclusive cost for the four-week program is $7,800. This amount covers tuition, room and board, textbooks, all trips and activities, student health insurance, bed linens and towels. Students need only to bring personal spending money. WRA's 28-day program requires a Visitor Visa. Our campus is a 35-minute drive from Cleveland Hopkins international Airport (CLE). Transportation to and from the airport is included in tuition.