Summer Programs

Pioneer a magical summer.

We are proud to offer a wide array of enjoyable and enriching summer programs in a safe, supportive and beautiful environment. Our individualized camps provide a taste of the unique experience that is Western Reserve Academy.

Whatever you're looking for — from a half-day, full-day or boarding experience, if you're looking to strengthen your academic or athletic skills, have an adventure or feed your creative drive — you'll find it here.

We invite you to join us for a magical summer of friendship, learning and fun.

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Want more info?

Email summerprograms@wra.net or call 330-342-9661.

Explore all our Summer Program offerings:



Reserve a Summer Adventure

WRA Adventure Camp | June 12 - July 21 (Weekly Sessions)

Adventure Camp| June 12 – July 21 (Weekly Sessions)
Coed day camp for ages 7-14

WRA’s longest standing and best recognized summer program, Adventure Camp is popular with kids who want to broaden their horizons by trying new things, meeting new people and having fun, while participating in developmentally appropriate group activities and enrichment programs on WRA’s historic campus and throughout the region. In addition to traditional games and sports, campers will enjoy arts and crafts, swimming, dance, improv skits, cooking, fishing, computer coding, nature hikes, movie creation, creative writing, field trips, and more. Camp runs from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and campers will enjoy breakfast and lunch in our campus dining room. Parents are invited to join their children for breakfast before heading off to work.

Cost: $495 (multi-camper discount available!)
Schedule: 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (7:45 a.m. drop off starting with breakfast)
Location: WRA campus, each day begins in Ellsworth Hall Dining Room

Adventure Camp Sessions
  • June 12-16
  • June 19-23
  • June 26-30
  • July 3-7
  • July 10-14
  • July 17-21

For more information, email Director Thomas Adams-Wall at adamswallt@wra.net.

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Pioneer Academics

Young Scholars Program | July 9 - July 28

Young Scholars Program | July 9 - July 28
Coed, tuition-free, summer program for rural and small-town students

Now in its fifth year, WRA's Young Scholars Program is a fully funded, interdisciplinary, intensive three-week residential experience designed to provide academic opportunities beyond those available at most middle schools. The program seeks up to 24 current seventh and eighth-grade students from smaller communities throughout Ohio who have demonstrated exceptional academic ability and genuine intellectual curiosity across a broad range of academic areas.

Cost: Enrolled student will receive a full scholarship worth nearly $3,000 to cover the program
Location: WRA's academic buildings
Deadline: Applications should be submitted by end of May

Questions? Contact Diccon Ong, Young Scholars Program Director, at 330-342-9623 or ongd@wra.net.

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Summer Institute for the Gifted | June 26 - July 14

Summer Institute for the Gifted | June 26 - July 14 (No classes July 4)
Coed, day program for ages 5-12

With 32 years of experience, SIG offers a three-week program that combines challenging academics with social and recreational opportunities to nurture students’ social skills as well as enhance their natural talents and abilities in various fields of study. The SIG curriculum develops critical, complex and creative thinking skills. Courses are open-ended and multi-disciplinary, incorporating concepts from the humanities, math, science technology arts and recreation.

Cost: Full day: $2,295; half day: $1,098
Schedule: 8:45 a.m.–4 p.m. (Extended day drop-off and pick-up is available.)
Location: WRA’s historic academic buildings

For more information, email Kate Kossar at kkossar@giftedstudy.org or visit www.GiftedStudy.org.

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English Language Institute (ELI) | July 14 - August 11

English Language Institute (ELI) | July 14 – August 11
Coed, full-day boarding program for non-native speakers ages 13-17

This month-long program is designed for students who intend to pursue enrollment at an American independent school and for whom English is not their native language. The ELI curriculum emphasizes advanced vocabulary building, reading comprehension and writing skills, including writing research papers and lab reports, study skill work and test preparation, conversational English and American social skill development, independent school and TOEFL preparation.

Cost: $7,800
Schedule: Full academic day schedule, afternoon and weekend activities, evening study hall
Location: WRA’s historic campus, including academic, residential and recreational buildings

Learn more about the English Language Institute.

For more information and questions, email John Gordon at gordonj@wra.net.

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Mastering Middle School | July 31 - August 4

Mastering Middle School | July 31 - August 4
Coed, half-day camp for ages 11-13

This course is designed for middle school students and has it all – hot tips for readiness, organizational and study skill strategies, note and test taking skills, hints for creating dynamite projects and polished presentations along with ways to meet new friends and impress teachers. Get a head start and a helping hand in successfully navigating middle school.

Cost: $225
Schedule: 9 a.m.–noon
Location: WRA's academic buildings

For more information and questions, email Director Melanie Patterson at mpatterson@oldtrail.org.

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Pioneer Technology

Digital Fabrication Camp | July 10-14

Digital Fabrication Makerspace Camp | July 10-14
Coed, full-day program for ages 10-13

Learn to make, create and innovate as a part of our cutting edge Digital Fabrication Makerspace Camp in WRA’s remarkable Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity. Students will explore design, 3D scanning, garment and UV printing, vinyl cutting, poster and decal creation, laser and plasma cutting, electronics, and more. Led by WRA's Director of Information & Education Technology Matt Gerber, campers will receive advanced training and instruction and create several products each day.

Cost: $475
Location: WRA’s state-of-the-art Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity
Schedule: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (Lunch is included.)
  • Monday, July 10 – CAD and 3D scanning
  • Tuesday, July 11 – Garment, vinyl, UV and poster printing
  • Wednesday, July 12 – Laser cutting and engraving
  • Thursday, July 13 – Electronics
  • Friday, July 14 – Plasma cutting

For more information and questions, email Director Matt Gerber at gerberm@wra.net.

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Pioneer the Arts

Pioneer Summer Intensive Dance Camp | June 19-30 (Weekly sessions)

Pioneer Summer Intensive Dance Camp | June 19-30 (Weekly sessions)
Coed, day program for ages 8-13

The Summer Intensive Dance Camp for beginner and advanced students offers instruction in ballet, modern and jazz dance along with creative movement and choreography. Each session will culminate with a performance at the conclusion of the week. Highly regarded and energetic WRA dance instructor Emily Barth will direct the camp and provide instruction. Lunch will be provided each day in the Ellsworth Dining Hall.

Dates:

  • June 19–23 for ages 8-10
  • June 26–30 for ages 11-13

Cost: $375
Location: WRA's Knight Fine Arts Center dance studio
Schedule:

  • 8:45–11:45 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
  • 12:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m.

Recommended Attire
  • Girls:
    • Ballet: solid color leotard with pink tights and ballet shoes
    • Jazz: ballet attire with jazz shoes (black jazz pants optional)
    • Modern dance: ballet attire with bare feet
    • Hair should be pulled back in a secure bun.
  • Boys:
    • Ballet: fitted white shirt or boys leotard, black tights, white socks, white shoes
    • Jazz: ballet attire with jazz shoes (black jazz pants optional)
    • Modern dance: ballet attire with bare feet

For more information, email Director Emily Barth at barthe@wra.net.

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WRA Piano Institute | July 31 - August 4

WRA Summer Piano Institute | July 31 - August 4
Coed, full-day camp for grades 9-12, college and adult pianists

The WRA Summer Piano Institute offers an advanced enrichment opportunity for high school, college and professional pianists to learn and grow while working with master-level musicians and mentors. Our partnership with Pierre van der Westhuizen and Sophie van der Westhuizen at the Cleveland International Piano Competition will make this a very special opportunity for pianists aspiring to further their craft. We are happy to have the 2016 winners of the Cleveland International Piano Competition as our faculty, including Nikita Mndoyants, Leonardo Colafelice, Dinara Klinton and Georgy Tchaidze.

Cost: $800
Schedule: 9 a.m.–6 p.m. (Lunch is provided.)
Location: Hayden Hall and other buildings on WRA's historic campus

For more information and questions, email Director Will Talaba at talabaw@wra.net.

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Pioneer Imagination

Pioneer Cooking Camp | June 26-30

Pioneer Cooking Camp | June 26-30
Coed, half-day camp for ages 8-12

Led by WRA's Executive Chef Ben Baragay, WRA’s Pioneer Cooking Camp will introduce campers to the pleasure involved with preparing and enjoying real food! The experience will include learning about planning, purchasing and preparing food for a meal. Campers will learn basic cooking skills and the importance of basic nutrition. Our young chefs will start the week with a welcome package of essential kitchen tools including an apron with their name on it, take a field trip to West Side Market and prepare a dinner at the end of the week for parents and/or grandparents.

Cost: $550
Schedule: 12:30–4:30 p.m.
Location: WRA's Ellsworth Dining Hall

For more information or questions, email Director Ed Mundy at mundye@wra.net.

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Playmakers, Pirates and Princesses | July 24-28

Playmakers, Pirates and Princesses | July 24-28
Coed, half-day program for ages 5-8

Campers will delight in acting out their favorite stories with realistic props and costumes. The week will be fully scheduled with theater games, creative play, movement to music and making innovative crafts. Familiar fairy tales are the building block for each day’s theme. Catch the Gingerbread Man, trip trop over the troll’s bridge and run lickety split down the stairs from the three bears during a fun-filled week.

Cost: $225
Schedule: 9 a.m.–noon
Location: WRA’s historic academic buildings

For more information and questions, email Director Melanie Patterson at mpatterson@oldtrail.org.

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Pioneer Athletics

All-Star Lacrosse Camp | June 19-23

All Star Lacrosse Camp | June 19-23
Coed, day program for ages 8-16

Get a quick start on one of America’s most popular sports. Campers will learn about the game, develop as players and build skills while working with WRA’s decorated lacrosse coaches Audi and Amanda Glass and their impressive staff – many of whom are former Western Reserve Academy and college players. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. Lunch is provided in the Ellsworth Dining Hall.

Cost: $300
Location: WRA’s Stadium and surrounding fields beside the Murdough Athletic Center
Schedule:

  • 9 a.m.–noon
  • Lunch: Noon–1 p.m.
  • 1–4 p.m.

For more information, email Camp Director Audi Glass at glassa@wra.net or Amanda Glass at glassa1@wra.net.

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Western Reserve Soccer Academy | June 26 -30

Western Reserve Soccer Academy | June 26-30
Coed, day program for ages 7-17

Led by decorated WRA soccer Head Coach Herb Haller and his top notch staff, this fun soccer program is designed to improve skills through a combination of instruction, drills and scrimmaging. This is an instructional, player development camp in a fun atmosphere. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. Lunch is provided in the Ellsworth Dining Hall.

Cost: $275
Schedule: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (lunch is provided)
Location: WRA’s front soccer fields along College Street

For more information, email Herb Haller at hallerh@wra.net.

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NFA Cleveland Pre-Season Prep Football Camp | July 15-16

NFA Cleveland Pre-Season Prep Football Camp | July 15-16
Boys day camp for football

The Pre-Season Prep Camp, founded by Darin Slack in 1988, utilizes a proven system of building better football players by building better men! 25,000 athletes attest to the success in life, work and football achieved through training and developing with NFA Camps, books and DVDs. Coaches and parents have returned year after year to benefit from our progressive, sequential, dynamic development curriculum. Recognizing the immense value of systematic, precision training, we have invested heavily in coach certification so you can have confidence that every camp meets our industry-leading standards. For more information, visit nationalfootballacademies.com.

Cost: $259 for quarterbacks; $159 for running backs and receivers
Schedule:
  • Day 1: 3–8 p.m.
  • Day 2: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (lunch is provided)

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Pioneer Tennis Camp | July 17-21

Pioneer Tennis Camp | July 17-21
Coed, half-day and full-day program for ages 8–15

The Pioneer Tennis Camp combines fun activities and individualized tennis skill instruction for the beginner through experienced player. Each morning session will include stroke-of-the-day instruction, singles and doubles strategies, effective serve technique and a fitness component. The afternoon program will focus on match play and play-based drills. Instruction will be led by talented WRA tennis Head Coach Sebastian Glinzler on the 10-court, state-of-the-art tennis facility at Western Reserve Academy.

Cost: Half day: $225; Full day: $400

Location: WRA’s tennis courts neighboring the Murdough Athletic Center
Schedule:

  • Half day: 9 a.m.–noon
  • Full day: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (lunch provided)

For more information and questions, email Director Sebastian Glinzler at glinzlers@wra.net.

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Academy International Field Hockey Camp | July 24-28

Academy International Field Hockey Pre-Season Training Camp | July 24-28
Half-day program for grades 6–12

Academy International (AI) is the nations’ number one community-based Pre-Season Field Hockey Camp. AI features highly acclaimed field hockey players and coaches from Britain, Ireland, Holland and Canada. Their unsurpassed level of coaching is available for beginner to advanced level players. The AI Field Hockey curriculum is both dynamic and challenging. Their elite coaches will group players by age and skill level to ensure they offer customized training for middle school, JV and varsity players. Academy International coaches inspire players to improve, excel and to be fully prepared for the season.

Cost: $245

Location: WRA’s athletic fields
Schedule: Half day: 9 a.m.–noon

For more information and questions, email martyn@aifieldhockeycamps.com or call 1-888-529-3827.

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