Annie Wright Schools

827 N. Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403
Tel: 253-284-8600
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 192 students
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Founded in 1884, Annie Wright Schools are nestled in the beautiful North End neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington, overlooking the Puget Sound. Our historic campus includes an indoor pool, two gyms, science and technology labs, art and music studios, theater, outdoor gardens, play areas, athletic fields and open spaces.
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Founded in 1884, Annie Wright Schools are nestled in the beautiful North End neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington, overlooking the Puget Sound. Our historic campus includes an indoor pool, two gyms, science and technology labs, art and music studios, theater, outdoor gardens, play areas, athletic fields and open spaces.
Girls from around the world love to live and learn at Annie Wright, where they develop deep friendships that last a lifetime. Boarding at Annie Wright is fun, safe and educational and a lot like living in a giant family of sisters. Our community includes eight full-time dorm parents who are dedicated to each girl?'s well-being and safety.
The rooms in our recently and beautifully renovated dorm are each unique, comfortable and spacious, with most upperclasswomen living in singles. Students enjoy shared kitchen facilities, media lounges and study spaces around the dorm. Its location right in our main building makes for easy access to the dining hall, classrooms, library, gym and other campus facilities.
Boarding students have full access to the Dining Hall for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Day students have a la carte lunch options, so prices vary. Our dining hall includes healthy options (salad bar, fresh fruit, daily chicken breast and steamed rice) and frozen yogurt for a special dessert treat.
Annie Wright prepares girls extraordinarily well for college, offering small classes, independent-minded peers, and an exceptional faculty. Most importantly, we prepare girls for a lifetime of learning, instilling in our students genuine curiosity and the courage to ask questions, seek creative answers and meet the challenges of a rapidly-changing, complex and culturally-diverse world.
Our athletics program stresses competitive team play, physical fitness and good sportsmanship. Athletes have represented Annie Wright at the state level in volleyball, tennis, cross-country, track and golf. The varsity volleyball team was ranked #1 in our league in 2013. In addition to our athletics program, students are given the time, space and flexibility to pursue outside athletic passions.
Creative arts at Annie Wright thrive because art is a vital component of the human experience. We believe ALL of our students can and must create??and we offer a range of opportunities for every student to practice, analyze, imagine, design and perform. Our theatre program supports students through the exploration of acting, directing, stage managing and set design.
Getting off campus to learn, grow, bond, meet new challenges and experience life outside of the Northwest is an important element of Annie Wright's curriculum. One example is our Junior College Trip: The entire Junior class hops aboard a chartered (and chaparoned) bus and heads south, embarking on a tour of ten West Coast colleges in seven adventurous days.
At Annie Wright Upper School, girls become actively involved in their own education and develop singular and strong voices that they use confidently, powerfully and persuasively throughout their lives. Research reveals that compared to their peers in co-ed schools, girls from all-girls schools perform better on academic achievement tests and report greater confidence and willingness to take risks.
Annie Wright offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Widely considered the world's most rigorous high school curriculum, IB is at the heart of our students' educational experience. Student inquiry, intellectual risk-taking, and international mindedness highlight the school day and ensure our students are well-prepared for college and beyond.
For girls in Grades 9 through 12 who are ready to develop authentic passions and make a well-rounded education a priority, Annie Wright offers an extraordinary and enduring educational experience.
We celebrate girls, incorporate international standards of excellence through the International Baccalaureate curriculum, and give students the opportunity to do the things they love in authentic and meaningful ways.

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  • Review #1 - Class of 2008Grinnell College Annie Wright combines many different teaching styles and personalities into one exceptional faculty. Teachers are incredibly dedicated and with the. . .
  • Review #2 - Class of 2005St. Olaf College The community at Annie Wright makes it such a unique place to spend four years. The international component to. . .
  • Review #3 - Class of 2005St. Olaf College Annie Wright's small class sizes make it very unique coupled with very interactive, discussion based classes with many international influences. . .
  • Review #4 - Class of 1992Princeton University Annie Wright's most unique characteristic is its all-girls environment. The all-girls experience is truly what makes Annie Wright special. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Annie Wright Schools Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 9-12
School Type All-girls Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1884 1910
Campus Size 10 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 192 students 295 students
% Students of Color
36%
20%
% International Students
38%
20%
% Students Boarding
55%
68%
Average SAT Score 1847 * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(Uniforms)
Casual
Average Class Size 14 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
Number of IB Courses Offered 20 -
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
65%
68%
Summer Program Offered No Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $17 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$54,000 $50,475
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$25,500 $28,200
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$39,500 $37,055
% Students on Financial Aid
55%
35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $5,000 $22,000
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No

Admission

Application Deadline Feb. 3 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application No No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate
58%
57%
Director of AdmissionsAlyssa Harvey

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 7 14
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 15 23
ExtracurricularsAnnie's Angels Community Service, Art Studio, Ceramics Club, Chorus, Drama Club, Film Making Club, Global Engagement, Honor, Masque Players, Newspaper, Orchestra, Outdoor Leadership, Photography, Student Government (ASB), Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year: 2010 - 2014 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Washington 15
Emory University 6
Case Western Reserve University 5
Northeastern University 5
Boston University 4
George Washington University 4
Occidental College 4
Pacific Lutheran University 4
Western Washington University 4
Washington University in St. Louis 3
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Annie Wright Upper School prepares girls extraordinarily well for college, offering small classes, independent-minded peers, and an exceptional faculty. Our challenging curriculum appeals to motivated students with a variety of learning styles, and our learning support department is available to address individual needs. Most importantly, we prepare girls for a lifetime of learning, instilling in our students genuine curiosity and the courage to ask questions, seek creative answers and meet the challenges of a rapidly-changing, complex and culturally-diverse world.  
  • School accreditations: NAIS, NWAIS, TABS, NCGS, ERB
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