Annie Wright Schools - Review #3

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 have participated in Student Government as freshman class secretary/treasurer, junior class president, and student body president, the Community Service Organization as Vice-President and President. I have also played Golf, serving as team captain for two years and I ran Cross-Country. My freshman year I performed in the fall theater production and I have been a member of the choir for 4 years and Advanced Chorus for 3 years.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Annie Wright's small class sizes make it very unique coupled with very interactive, discussion based classes with many international influences.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
At Annie Wright, I gained independence, physically, intellectually and emotionally. The supportive classroom and community has allowed me and encourages me to question the world around us. In this environment I have been able to begin to form my own ideas of the world and test them out in the comforting environment. In the last four years, I have formed friendships and taken chances. I have won some student leadership positions, but lost many. It is the ones where I have worked hard and struggled to attain the goal that I have learned the most. Annie Wright has kept the doors open and allowed for many mistakes to occur, but I have only learned more from them.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
For kids going to boarding school, just remember to keep an open mind. You will have to share your personal space with many different girls, but when you break down those boundaries it can create some of the best friendships of your life. Take all the chances you can!!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I loved the community at Annie Wright. There is never a lack of things to do--each girl must get involved in the community. The faculty/student relationships are phenomenal and the education develops not only the mind, but the spirit, too!
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
The student lounge is the greatest place on campus because there are always students in there hanging out. All the clothing options at the student store also are great, plus there's great food!!

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academic programming at Annie Wright is very rigorous, but with the rigor comes great enthusiasm for the subject material on the sides of the students and teachers. For such a small school, there is a great diversity of classes offered. All senior English electives are customized to the interests of the Senior Class. The greatest part of the education is the interactive nature of ALL the classes. Every student must develop their own opinions and means to express them in a culturally sensitive manner. The international community at Annie Wright exposes students to global education, graduating with great cultural understanding.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Annie Wright excels in the individual sports and is working to build the team sport environment. In the fall volleyball, soccer and cross-country are offered. Basketball is the only winter sport and the spring sports include golf, crew and tennis. Over the years, cross-country, golf and tennis have been the most successful sports. There is a dance studio, workout room and two gyms all available for student use, especially to boarding students. There is also a pool on campus and each student must pass the swim test before graduation. Annie Wright athletics provide a lot of flexibility. If the sport is not offered through Annie Wright the school will work with you to find where you can compete in your sport around the Tacoma community.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The Music, Art and Drama programs are great at Annie Wright. There is a growing music program with two choirs, who perform at multiple concerts and venues throughout the year. There is also an orchestra. Our visual art program has a brand new art studio and there is also a pottery shed on campus. The Theater program has a state-of-the-art theater with one full time director as a faculty member and a theater technician. There are two plays per year in which students can participate. All students intersect the Arts at some point during their time at Annie Wright. Each sophomore must take an introductory course in Art, Music and Drama. Following, each student must specialize in discipline and take a history in that area and an applied skill in that discipline (i.e. Art History and Painting). Each year Annie Wright sponsors a community art program called Annie Arts that features all Art mediums.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
It is impossible to not get involved at Annie Wright!! Each lunch time there are club meetings about technology, community service and international activities, just to name a few. There are acting clubs, theater tech clubs, school spirit clubs, choir, orchestra and many more. On top of that there are many leadership opportunities for students. Every student is encouraged to hold leadership positions during their time at Annie Wright.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The dorm is a really strong community at Annie Wright. Freshmen are assigned rooms as well as roommates. After their freshman year, each girl can select their own room without a roommate. All rooms have sinks and mirrors and there are communal bathrooms. There is some late-night food access, students can order food from delivery places until 11 pm when all students have to be in the dorm for the night.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
There is one dining room in which all levels of the school eat. This dining room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner to everyone. Because of the great diversity within the school, the food is diversified, specializing in more Asian cuisine. All dorm students have dinner at 6pm. On the weekends, there is brunch at 11am and dinner at 6pm.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Tacoma is a community based city that is only about 40 minutes south of Seattle. Everything is accessible at a pretty close reach. There is grocery store within five minutes walk of school as well as many Starbucks and Tullys. The Ruston Way Waterfront is very close to school with many running/walking/biking trails.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Annie Wright forms the best friendships! All the girls become very close and depend upon each other for great support and encouragement. Boys are around school often because there are day students with friends outside of school. There is never a lack of things to do on the weekends or weekdays like go-karting, miniature golfing, poetry slams, operas, plays, concerts and hikes. Annie Wright does not specialize in activities like dances, but there is a Prom every year in which all students are invited to attend. Many of the activities are suggested by the students and the faculty love to come and participate in the activities. The community encourages such strong friendships with so many different people. Your best friends can be from Korea, China, Germany, Lithuania or England!

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
8:00 AMMorning Meeting Starts! So does school
10:00 AMAll School Chapel (PK-12) after two classes, each 45 minutes
Weekend

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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