Annie Wright Schools - Review #2

Annie Wright Schools
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About the Author:

College Enrolled St. Olaf College
Home Town, State (Country) Tacoma, WA
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School I participated in 4 years of Varsity golf, acted in one play, served as Freshman class Secretary/Treasurer, Junior Class President, Student Body President, member of Chorus and Advanced Chorus, Tacoma Area Service Club member, Vice President and President, International Club member, Tutor for the Writing Center

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
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 sensitivity and awareness. This is also a key component in the classroom. Most classes are discussion based and so it is necessary that all students contribute meaningfully to conversation and it is a joy to learn from all the different cultures that are represented in each class.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Annie Wright has been a very important and influential part of my life. I gained self-confidence, developed an intellect and challenged my teachers--all in a very supportive and caring environment. I have learned to love learning. Each faculty member has in some way impacted me as not only a student, but they have helped to mold my character and I am eternally indebted to each one of them.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Time management is so important when you are going to live in a dorm setting. Take advantage of every offer of help academically, socially, if you are feeling homesick. Remember, everyone wants you to succeed!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The friendships not only with your peers but with your faculty are amazing. All the opportunities and relationships will come in very helpful as my life continues and progresses beyond Annie Wright. Annie Wright has prepared me for life-long learning.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
The best place to hang out on campus is the Student Lounge. There are people in and out of there all the time and there is always a friendly and supportive face waiting there to hear about your day!

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Academics at Annie Wright are very rigorous. The majority of students have roughly 2 hours of homework per night. The environment tends to be more competitive, but couples that with a very supportive aspect also. Most of the curriculum is based upon class participation and student discussion. The teachers crave active student participation in their classes--this aspect makes Annie Wright very unique. In order to succeed at Annie Wright, girls must develop their own voices to participate and share in the learning process. Each teacher wants the student to succeed and often students and teachers build very close relationships during their time at Annie Wright. There is a wide variety of class offerings for such a small school. Each year Senior English electives are voted on by the upcoming senior class and so all of those are specialized to the interest of the class. Religion is a graduation requirement at Annie Wright so there is much discussion around religious thought and diversity.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Athletics tend to struggle when it comes to the win-loss column, but sportsmanship is the hallmark of Annie Wright. The coaches are incredibly supportive of all their teams and work to foster meaningful relationships within the team. This has been my favorite part of Athletics at Annie Wright! There is no requirement for mandatory participation, but it is highly encouraged to participate on some sports team. Golf, Cross-Country and Tennis are great sports at Annie Wright! Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball and Crew are also offered. There is one "big gym" that is used by all divisions of the school and supplies the courts for Volleyball and Basketball. There is not a soccer field right on campus, but there is a park right next door which serves as Annie Wright's home field.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Annie Wright provides many opportunities for student input into the arts programs. As for academic requirements, students have to take one history and one applied skill in choice of music, drama or art (ex: Art History and Painting). All of these classes are trimester long. We have a fabulous theater with state-of-the-art equipment that makes performing a joy!! There are many acting classes offered including Movement for Stage, Play writing, Advanced Acting and Drama Tech. Everyone is welcome to get involved. The Art program has a beautiful new studio with skylights which make for a very enjoyable art experience. There are limited classes offered in the subject, but there is a pottery studio on campus. Finally, the music program is the weakest program in terms of facility, but it has the highest student participation. It has been a joy to participate in the two choirs and there is a great orchestra. Everyone at Annie Wright participates in the arts before they graduate in some fashion.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There is so much to do at Annie Wright, you can not not be involved!! Student Leadership opportunities abound and there is freedom to participate in what you want. There are lunch clubs, activities and student government--all provide multitudes of ways to get involved. Lunch clubs range from community service to technology. Activities include Choir, Drama Tech, Masque Players, "Inkwell" the student newspaper and many more. Student Government includes the central student council as well as the class officers. It is fabulous to be a student because there is never a lack of things to do!

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The dorms are very fun! There are always people around. Most freshmen have double rooms which they share with a roommate. Then when they are sophomores, juniors and seniors they have their own rooms. At first, rooms are assigned, but as the years continue, there is a specific process set-up for room selection depending upon seniority.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
With the great diversity of students at Annie Wright, there is also a great diversity of food options. Food ranges from burrito bar to pot stickers with rice. Cuisine tends to be more Asian because of the predominantly Asian population at Annie Wright. but each day there is salad bar as an option as well as "The Grill". "The Grill" offers daily selections of nachos, corn dogs, hamburgers, grilled cheese and french fries. The cafeteria serves all 13 grades and many of the grades end up eating together during the same times.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Annie Wright is in downtown Tacoma, WA. It is a 5 minute walk to Old Town Tacoma where there are restaurant options as well as Starbucks. Close to that is the Ruston Way Waterfront where there are more dining options as well as miles of walking/running paths. The closest grocery store is about 5 minutes walk. The general neighborhood is generally residential.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
There are a wide range of very diverse social activities in which to participate. Annie Wright offers weekend activities for all the resident students free of cost with a slight cost to day students. The activities may range from go-carting to going to see an opera. The students can help plan activities in which they are interested. Also, clubs and student council sponsor many activities throughout the year that cost a slight fee and usually go to support a charity. Dances happen twice a year with Prom at the end of the year. Dances are not the prized activity at Annie Wright.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
8:00 AMSchool Starts
8:15 AM1st period
9:00 AM2nd period
10:00 AMChapel
10:30 AM3rd period
11:15 PMLunch/Club
12:00 AM5th period
12:45 AM6th period
3:15 PMSchool Over
6:15 PMSign-in for Dinner/End of Sports Practice
Weekend
8:00 AMServe Breakfast at Nativity House, local homeless sheleter
11:00 AMBrunch starts
1:00 PMLeave for Weekend Activity
4:00 PMReturn from Activity
4:30 PMGo to the grocery store with friends
6:00 PMDinner
7:30 PMEvening Movie Fest begins

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Annie Wright Schools Alumni #1
    Class of 2008
    5 Stars   8/17/2011
    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. . .
  • Annie Wright Schools Alumni #2
    Class of 2005
    5 Stars   3/22/2005
    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. . .
  • Annie Wright Schools Alumni #3
    Class of 2005
    5 Stars   11/28/2008
    St. Olaf College
    Annie Wright's small class sizes make it very unique coupled with very interactive, discussion based classes with many international influences.. . .
  • Annie Wright Schools Alumni #4
    Class of 1992
    5 Stars   3/23/2005
    Princeton University
    Annie Wright's most unique characteristic is its all-girls environment. The all-girls experience is truly what makes Annie Wright special. The friends I made there are still some of my best friends today. . .
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