Annie Wright Schools

827 N. Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403
Tel: (253) 284-8600
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 192 students
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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Definition of Terms 
2015 School Data
Annie Wright Schools Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 11-12
School Type All-girls Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1884 1910
Campus Size 10 acres 121 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 192 students 300 students
% Students of Color 36% 20%
% International Students 38% 20%
% Students Boarding 55% 67%
Average SAT Score 1847 * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal
Average Class Size 12 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% 67%
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $17 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$51,500 $49,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$24,500 $28,400
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$38,500 $37,055
% Students on Financial Aid 55% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $5,000 $21,000
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline Feb. 6 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate 58% 56%
Director of AdmissionsAlyssa Harvey

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses


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


Total Extracurricular Organizations 15 24
ExtracurricularsAnnie's Angels Community Service, Art Studio, Ceramics Studio, Chorus, Drama Tech (Technical Theatre), Filmmaking, Global Engagement, Honor Council, 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:

  • Honors Level (IB) Classes
  • 100% College Placement
  • The World's Greatest Lip Sync
  • Multi-Level ESL Program
  • Seven-Day, Three-State, Nine-College Trip for Entire 11th Grade Class
  • Newly Remodeled Dormitory
  • Overnight Admissions Opportunities
  • All-Girls Experience
  • Passion Program
  • IB Diploma Program
  • School accreditations: NAIS, NWAIS, TABS, NCGS, ERB

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is The Northwest School (24.6 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • 24.6 mi | Gr. 6-12 | 508 students1415 Summit Avenue
    SeattleWA 98122
  • 91 mi | Gr. K-12 | 958 students3400 Richmond Road
    (250) 370-6170
  • 93.5 mi | Gr. Pre-K-12 | 370 students1080 Lucas Avenue
    Victoria V8X 3P7
  • 108.2 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 493 students2735 Mt. Baker Road
    Mill Bay, BC V0R 2P1 V0R
    250 743 5521
  • 110.2 mi | Gr. 8-12 | 493 students1975 Renfrew Road
    Shawnigan Lake, BC V0R2W1
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