Annie Wright Schools are two schools on one campus. Annie Wright Day School serves boys and girls in Preschool through Grade 8, while Annie Wright Upper School offers all-girls day and boarding programs for Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is a member of the International Baccalaureate World School program.
Founded in 1884, Annie Wright Schools are nestled in the North End neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington. Its 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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Annie Wright Schools were founded by railroad magnate Charles Barstow Wright and the Right Reverend James Adams Paddock in 1884, nine years before the first paved road in Tacoma. Originally founded as Annie Wright Seminary, Charles Wright and Bishop Paddock sought a school to provide a well-rounded education for the daughters of pioneers. The school is named after Charles Wright's daughter Annie. Charles Wright discussed his plans for a girls' school with Henrietta Wells, wife of the Reverend Lemuel H. Wells, the rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Tacoma (also founded by Wright). Henrietta Wells had been the principal of St. Paul's Girls School in Walla Walla; she and her husband had founded several early Northwest academies and schools, and were experienced educators. Henrietta Wells made several suggestions and modifications to Wright's plans, and she became the first principal of Annie Wright Seminary. The current head of school is Christian Sullivan.
Annie Wright Upper School:
Annie Wright Upper School is an all-girls day and boarding school offering the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Tuition for day students in grades 9-12 is $22,000, while 5-day resident student and 7-day resident tuition is $35,000 and $44,000 respectively. International ESL resident student tuition is $46,000.
The school has alumni from 45 countries. In addition, Upper School students have the opportunity to participate in exchange programs to Chile and Japan. About 25% of the Upper School is composed of international students, primarily from China, Korea, and Taiwan. Recent students have hailed from countries such as Rwanda, Lithuania, Vietnam, Bolivia, Bermuda, Russia, and India. The Upper School also includes a contingent of domestic boarders, generally girls from Washington, Idaho, Oregon and California.
Annie Wright Day School:
Annie Wright Day School is a coeducational day school of grades preschool through eight. Students receive weekly instruction in science, Spanish language, technology, lab science, swim, physical education, music, art, library and more. The rigorous academic curriculum is augmented by outdoor experiential learning opportunities, creative arts, athletics, clubs and activities.
The Upper School fields competitive teams in volleyball, basketball, crew, track, tennis and golf. Girls wishing to participate in other sports can do so at the closest high school offering a team. Annie Wright currently holds the state 1A championship in 400 meters women's track, and also had state showings in volleyball, golf, and tennis during the past academic year. Its volleyball team has qualified for the state championships for four consecutive years (2006-2009).
Annie Wright Schools offer a variety of options for students to hone their talents in visual and performing arts. The drama program mounts at several dramatic productions each year - an Upper School play, an all-school musical, and Day School production for the middle grades, and several musicals for the primary grades.
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