Annie Wright Schools

5.00 (4 reviews)
827 N. Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403
Founded in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school.
Annie Wright Lower and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for boys and girls offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School, delivering IB programs in every division.

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  • Grinnell College
    Annie Wright combines many different teaching styles and personalities into one exceptional faculty. Teachers are incredibly dedicated and with the new IB program just getting started they have more materials than ever to creating interesting. . .
  • St. Olaf College
    The community at Annie Wright makes it such a unique place to spend four years. The international component to the school allows global education to be experienced at a very young age, increasing cultural. . .

  • Class of 2005
    5 Stars  
    St. Olaf College
    Annie Wright's small class sizes make it very unique coupled with very interactive, discussion based classes with many international influences.. . .
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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Annie Wright SchoolsBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18841907
Campus Size10 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment232 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1320* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score26*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio6:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2518
Number of IB Courses Offered24-
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$25 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$63,270$54,500
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$10,000$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineFeb. 1 / Dec. 1 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsLaura Bales
Rex Bates

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2518
CoursesAdvanced Pre-Calculus (Honors), Chemistry (Honors), Chinese 2 (Honors), English 2 (Honors), French 2 (Honors), Geometry (Honors, IB Biology 2 (HL), IB Chinese 6 (HL), IB English 3 (HL), IB English 4 (HL), IB ESL 4 (HL), IB ESL 5 (HL), IB Math: Accelerated Pre-Calculus (HL), IB Math: Advanced Calculus 1 (HL), IB Math: Advanced Calculus 2 (HL), IB Music (HL), IB Visual Art 2 (HL), IB World History: 20th Cen. History (HL), IB World History: Americas (HL), Physics (Honors), Spanish 2 (Honors), US History & Civics (Honors)


# Interscholastic Sports Offered916
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations1423
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Annie Writers, Band, Business Club, Chorus, Community Service Leadership, Global Action/Model UN, Orchestra, Robotics, Science Team, Student Government (ASB), Student Newspaper, Theatre360, Visual Art Studio, Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year: 2010 - 201410 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Washington15
Emory University6
Case Western Reserve University5
Northeastern University5
Boston University4
George Washington University4
Occidental College4
Pacific Lutheran University4
Western Washington University4
Washington University in St. Louis3
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Annie Wright Schools prepare students 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 students for a lifetime of learning, instilling a genuine curiosity and the courage to ask questions, seek creative answers and meet the challenges of a rapidly-changing, complex and culturally-diverse world.  
  • Annie Wright Schools offer a co-ordinate program, meaning that classes are single-gender, while some elective activites are co-ed.
  • Annie Wright Schools accreditations: NAIS, NWAIS, TABS, NCGS, ERB, IBSC
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Sally (Peterson) Atherton, '66 - ED, Assoc for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology
    • Diane (Dapper) Freeman, '59 - NASA aerospace ops dev, integration & support
    • Betty Garrett-Parks, '36 - Actress, comedian, singer & dancer
    • Damani Leech, '90 (Middle School) - COO, International, National Football League (NFL)
    • Amy Paulose, '95 - President, AMES International, Inc
    • Merrill (Wagner) Ryman, '97 - World-renowned artist
    • Lee Skinner, '86 - Dean, Newcomb-Tulane College; Latin Am lit scholar
    • Erin (Fletcher) Slayton, 97 - Vice President, HDR
    • Pamela Hyde Smith, '63 - United States Ambassador
    • Mary (McCarthy) West, '29 - American novelist, critic and political activist
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