Welcome, WRA families!
Parents are an integral part of our school and we appreciate your support in our mission of student education and development at Western Reserve Academy.
There are many ways to get involved, explore the site to learn more.
Our evolving curriculum
WRA equips students for a changing world with essential knowledge and critical, transferrable skills through its transformed independent curriculum. Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, we will no longer teach to an AP test, although students will still be able to sit for AP exams at WRA.
To communicate the pioneering spirit, practical considerations and student advantages of the evolving curriculum, a series of videos were produced for parents.
At Western Reserve Academy there are countless ways for parents to connect with the school and to get involved. The Pioneer Women's Association and the Dads Club are two groups that lead parent involvement on campus, while supporting the students and the school.
PIONEER WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION
Pioneer Women’s Association of Western Reserve Academy (PWA) exists to enhance and enrich student life at Western Reserve Academy while facilitating communication between faculty, staff, administration and parents. We strive to fulfill our purpose by supporting our committees and underwriting a variety of projects, trips, equipment and speakers.
Membership in PWA is extended to all women associated with Western Reserve Academy.
Pioneer Women’s Association is governed by an Executive Board of eight who, together with Committee Chairs from almost 20 subcommittees, make up the General Board. The General Board and all other current PWA members comprise the General Membership. The General Membership meets four times each year to hear committee reports and to vote on the budget, allocations and officers. Committee work is throughout the school year.
We invite you to join us! Email the PWA at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join their committee.
Alumni Parents - The committee organizes and hosts events during times when current parents are busy with school activities with their students. These parents may be called upon by the Executive Board or the Advancement Office for support at school functions.
Auction - Our major fundraiser shared with the Dads Club, occurring once a year.
Blazer/Kilt Sale – At the start of the school year, this committee organizes the sale of used blazers, kilts, pants and WRA school wear, dress shirts and ties. New and gently used garments accepted at the end of the school year as a donation or for consignment.
Cleveland Council of Independent Schools (CCIS) – CCIS promotes cooperation among 13 independent schools in northeastern Ohio, committed to the ideal of an independent education as a valuable and viable choice for learning today. PWA represents WRA at CCIS parent meetings. Our representatives report back to our school at the PWA general board meetings.
Celebration Cakes – This committee delivers cakes, cookies or cupcakes to students throughout the school year for any special occasion. They also supply the special exam week survival kits. All these items may be ordered via the PWA page on the school website.
Community of Concern - A substance abuse initiative that exists to open the lines of communication between parents, and between parents and their children. Works within the larger Ohio CoC framework to network with parents at other schools.
Concessions - Sells food at athletic events held at the school and is a fundraiser for the PWA.
Dorm Feeds – PWA members deliver snacks to the dorm common rooms at a study break time. This treat occurs about once a month and is a huge hit with the boarding students.
Exam Week Coffee House – During Fall and Spring exam weeks, PWA provides various hot beverages, fruit, pastries, etc., in the WRAp, the student lounge in Seymour Hall.
Fundraising - Through various programs and selling items in our Campus Store, the PWA raises assets for student and parent events.
Hospitality/Events – When called upon, this committee assists various school departments in campus events.
Moms’ Network – Designed to promote social interaction between the boarding and non-boarding moms of WRA, this committee plans informal social gatherings throughout the year in various locales.
Newsletter – Three times during the school year, this committee prepares a newsletter that is electronically sent to the entire WRA community. Articles and photographs are welcome from all WRA parents.
Parent Dialogue - PWA works together with the Dads Club and WRA faculty and administration to sponsor informative dialogues throughout the year, addressing issues relevant to student life at WRA.
Senior Activities - Coordinates senior parties, the senior dinner after graduation and assists with Prom and After-prom.
Spirit - This committee works with the school administration, Athletic Office and sports teams to promote camaraderie among students, sports attendance, and team spirit through class and team events.
Staff Appreciation - Holds an appreciation breakfast for faculty and administrators, which is very popular for everyone.
Student Activities – The committee is responsible for the the back-to-school party, two school dances and the Bicknell Bonanza . They may also be called upon by Class Deans to assist in events.
The Dads Club supports programs and activities intended to enrich the WRA experience for its students, faculty, and staff. Our efforts preserve and promote the school's traditions, underwrite fun and meaningful endeavors, enhance development efforts, and foster enthusiasm within the parent community.
The fundraising activities of the Dads Club are intended to augment, not replace, the normal operating budget of the school, the Annual Fund and other special campaigns. The intent is to allocate funds in such a way to maximize the benefits to the entire student body. Funds are provided annually for academic, cultural, athletic, social and community awareness programs. Funds are raised from the Giant Family Party.
To learn more about the history of Dads Club, click here.
The father, any male relative or friend designated by a WRA student may become a member of the Dads Club and shall remain a member as long as the student is enrolled at WRA.
We encourage every Dad to become an active member of the Dads Club. We need individuals who can participate actively – as well as those who cannot – in order to provide support for an organization that gives something extra for their students.
Dads Club meetings are generally once a month on Saturdays starting at 8:30 a.m., typically in the Boardroom at Burton D. Morgan Hall. Meetings frequently feature a presentation from a faculty or staff member. Please check the schedule to the right for more specific information about meeting and events dates. For more information, send an email to email@example.com.