Founded in 1884, Annie Wright Schools is inherently steeped in tradition, challenging pupils to become the very best version of themselves in a stimulating learning environment.
The schools serve students from age three all the way through their High School years. Lower and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade Eight, while separate Upper Schools for boys and girls offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12.
Annie Wright Schools are situated in the beautiful North End neighbourhood of Tacoma, Washington. Its historic campus includes an indoor pool, two gyms, science and technology labs, art and music studios, a theater, outdoor gardens, play areas, athletic fields and open green spaces.
The surrounding Tacoma is a hidden gem in the US, with a tremendous array of culture and nature on offer. Tacoma is rich with outdoor adventure and breath-taking scenery for students to explore and discover, while a vibrant city famous for art gives them the chance to visit an abundance of local museums and explore the local culture.
Annie Wright Lower School grants students a unique, inquiry-based education, allowing boys and girls to discover and develop their passions and individual learning styles. Small class sizes mean students benefit from a personalized learning experience, while explorative courses, such as lab science, foreign language, music, theater, PE and swimming, allow them to find subjects and hobbies they are passionate about.
Grade 6-8 faculty take great pride in helping students navigate the Middle School setting in a period of great self-discovery. Rich, engaging programs are designed to prepare students for success in High School and beyond. Competitive league sports also begin in Grade 6, while performance opportunities in theater, orchestra, and music give students the opportunity to explore their talents and flourish as individuals.
Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, seeking to develop active learners and internationally-minded young people who understand and empathize with others. There is an emphasis on inquiry, communication, meaningful action, global-mindedness, and development of the whole child, while measurable outcomes for students and teachers are common throughout the IB program.
Annie Wright is one of less than 20 IB continuum schools in the whole of the United States, and the only one in the state of Washington. The school offers the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for Preschool-Grade 5, Middle Years Programme (MYP) for Grades 6-8, and the Diploma Programme (DP) for Grades 11-12.
Research has revealed that girls from all-girls’ schools perform better on academic achievement tests and report greater confidence when compared with their peers in co-ed schools. As a result, Annie Wright champions separate Upper Schools for girls and boys. The Upper School for Girls offers an extraordinary academic experience, incorporating international standards of excellence and helping to nurture the girls in an authentic and meaningful manner.
The Upper School for Boys is a new program launched for the 2017-18 school year. The curriculum is based on the extensive academic program of the Upper School for Girls, but has been designed as a separate and unique experience. The school draws on the rich traditions of the Annie Wright brand, while providing research-based, innovative programs that help students think critically and tackle issues with an analytical mind.
Despite being separated for studies, boys and girls benefit from opportunities to mix with one another, including within arts activities and at social events. The program currently utilizes a beautiful, spacious and light-filled downtown space. Plans are in place for a new academic building for the Upper School for Boys on campus by 2019.
It is the focus of Annie Wright Schools to prepare innovative global leaders who are capable of actively contributing in a dynamic world. The school champions diversity, welcoming students from every region to join the buzzing campus community.
Christian G. Sullivan, Annie Wright’s Head of Schools, says: “We provide a challenging, balanced program that helps our young men and women reach their academic potential. We are proud that, through small class sizes, differentiated instruction and engagement of our faculty, every student at Annie Wright is well-known and treated as an individual. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, we aspire to develop in our students a global perspective and understanding of their place in the world.”