Hope and Change

As every school is working to innovate during these unprecedented times, we feel inspired by these new challenges and energized by our community's willingness to adapt and evolve.

At Western Reserve Academy, we are experiencing a great deal of change — from the new and now-standard practices, such as virtual counseling sessions and online classes, to the surprising and innovative implementations, such as virtual school-wide Morning Meetings, mindful Wednesdays and a local meal delivery service.

We invite you to take a look at all of the ways we are innovating to both adjust and thrive during these tumultuous times. It may not be easy, and our resolve will be tested, but we feel that hope and change are in the air.

Western Reserve Academy was recently featured in The New York Times for a special story about boarding schools during COVID. Read the full article here.

The Student Life Office's plans for Weekend Activities are a weekly home run. Read more about the wonderful events we've had so far this year. 

In a year like no other, we've shown our pioneering spirit once again. Read more stories of positivity as we hope to highlight the undeniable pride and promise of our extended WRA community. 

This year, WRA is brimming with creative ways to stay safe, happy and connected. Read more here

Learn how WRA is keeping community connected through COVID-19 with RingCentral.

Utilizing the tools in our Wang Innovation Center, WRA donated more than 250 face shields to the Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg and Summit County Public Health. Read the full article here.

At Reserve, we value our traditions, and gathering in the Chapel on Monday and Friday mornings for Morning Meeting is one of them. When faced with distance learning during this pandemic, we pioneered a new way to keep this beloved tradition alive. Read more about our unique twist on Morning Meeting here.

Listen to Mrs. Buck as she shares her insights on COVID-19 with Peter Baron and Hans Mundahl on the Enrollment Management Association podcast The Enrollment Spectrum.

In the pioneering spirit of the school, WRA launched a new initiative, "Reserve Your Meal," that will keep Mundy and his team cooking and, in the process, endeavor to deliver comfort and joy to Hudson residents during this tenuous time. The school believes the whole community deserves the comfort of home cooking during the COVID-19 crisis. Reserve Your Meal here.

While our Revisit Day may be cancelled, we are hosting Virtual Revisit Day for our accepted families. Learn how we are introducing students to our community, campus and classrooms virtually.

Our community sees great opportunity to place priority on practicing mindfulness, so much so that we are implementing a Midweek Mindfulness program to help our students achieve balance, seek mental awareness and feel heard. It is our hope that this, in addition to our counseling and Student Listener programs, will encourage peace and thoughtfulness during this time.

Led by Wanda Boesch, our Science Faculty on Thursday donated gloves and masks to local emergency rooms at the Cleveland Clinic downtown and in Twinsburg, and to Summit County EMA, including the Hudson Police Department. The donation was 75 boxes of unused gloves and three full boxes of masks.

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