School Details

Annie Wright School

827 North Tacoma Ave, Tacoma, WA 98403
(253) 272-2216
NR

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-12 479 students Unknown students/teacher

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About this school

Annie Wright School is a private high school in Tacoma. The principal of Annie Wright School is Christian Sullivan, whose e-mail is christian_sullivan@aw.org. 479 children attend Annie Wright School and identify mostly as Multiracial; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. Stadium is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% %
Black, non-Hispanic 7% %
White, non-Hispanic 63% %
Hispanic 2% %
Asian 18% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    Thank you for your interest in Annie Wright Schools. We welcome and value all feedback. Annie Wright puts children at the heart of every program policy and decision. The school is in the process of adopting the internationally-recognized IB curriculum throughout the school which has both helped retain excellent and experienced teachers and attract world-class faculty from around the world. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly to provide feedback or learn more about our wonderful community and program. - Jennifer Haley Director of Enrollment

  • (7 months ago)

    We love this school and are so happy to have our two boys here. The teachers and leadership including the head are amazing. My boys are challenged and their teachers know them well. The community is great laid back involved loyal and dedicated. My boys are happy here!

  • (8 months ago)

    There is a problem at Annie Wright School and it is the principal. He is rude disrespectful unhelpful and many other things. When I spoke with him he was demeaning and unyielding and he seems to be trying to rehaul the entire school according to some ridiculous standard where he continuously fires people. I know for a fact that the school has had to settle for worse teachers because the head fires people so often that they have trouble filling the openings with qualified candidates. I have also spoken to ex-employees and though they are general very pleasant not a single one of them has a pleasant thing to say about him.

  • (8 months ago)

    My experience at this school has been completely contrary to the few negative reviews posted here. I moved my children out of Tacoma Public School in Fall 2013 and I have been extremely impressed by the very high academic standards at Annie Wright. The Headmaster is charismatic down-to-earth and 100% committed to the long-term viability of the school. My kids both tested into the Highly Capable program in Tacoma Public Schools. They feel very academically challenged and are given extra and more challenging work to satisfy their interests and strengths. The teachers are very responsive and there is regular and detailed communication from the teachers Headmaster and other school leaders. Civic engagement and the development of emotional intelligence are emphasized - skills that I think are often overlooked but critically important. In short Annie Wright is worth every penny and moving my kids to the school has been the single best decision we have made so far. With respect to the bullying comments my experience has been the complete opposite my children have been made to feel very welcome and they report an atmosphere of warmth and inclusion for all students.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a great school. The headmaster is determined to do the best for the collective and run the school based on the needs of the students...not the whims of the parent. Emphasis is placed upon academics and arts. Lots of forward thinking end goal being to get our children into great colleges and create a generation of critical thinkers invested into community. Bullying is a problem in all schools...slowly being dealt with. Parents MUST be involved whether at AW or anywhere. Lower school improvements (IB program) at AW make me very excited. Proud AW parent. Devoted to my child's education and well being. If I weren't she'd be somewhere else. Parents are never involved enough...until they leave and write scathing reviews on the internet. I don't care where your kids go to school. As a parent you must be involved. You're the biggest advocate for your child. Find a good school and commit to making it worthwhile for your kid...and the community. Good luck in your search!

  • (1 year ago)

    Head of school is a bully who has driven off tons of staff the past 3 years (look it up to confirm turnover rate). Head is short-term reactionary and doesn't keep in mind long term health and moral growth of children. Community has been concerned with turnover at this position the past decade....TURN IT OVER. Head is toxic to the environment here.

  • (2 years ago)

    We gave up. We paid full price for our child to attend AWS for several years. Our child did super on the standardized tests at AWS (ERBs). Sadly high achievers are a small minority. Test scores were well below self-selected independent peer group and no better than public schools. As many have mentioned bullying remains a serious problem and is not dealt with. Many of the teachers are good. Many however have fled the current administration. Top third students will be bored and unchallenged.

  • (2 years ago)

    Our daughter is a domestic boarder. This is and has been a wonderful experience for her. For the right student I highly recommend the school.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is amazing! I have been at annie wright for one year and i'm waiting anxiously for the next academic year as a seventh grader! we went on many exciting trips during sixth grade. This school is by far the best school i've ever gone to

  • (3 years ago)

    My children have had a wonderful experience at Annie Wright. Their development over three years has been astonishing and has clearly outpaced their peers at their old school. This is a direct result of the teaching and program at Annie Wright. The teachers truly care and the leadership is excellent. A previous contributor commented that trustees gave themselves a raise. I know for a fact that trustees do not get paid.

  • (3 years ago)

    We have experience of both public and independent schools and we have found Annie Wright to be exceptional. Like many independent schools it has small classes strong academics and an excellent range of extra-curricular activities. What sets Annie Wright apart is the student-centered environment where every child is valued and encouraged to reach his or her individual potential. The teachers are talented passionate and dedicated and the new head of school is a strong leader and visionary. The parent body is down-to-earth and diverse but they are united in their commitment to their children and their belief in an excellent education. Annie Wright is the best investment we have ever made.

  • (3 years ago)

    AWS High School and Middle School possibly worth the price tag Elementary comparable to your average public education. My experience is mainly with the elementary level. Positives VERY small class sizes averaging about 12 kids per class many electives throughout the school day if your child needs additional help there are ample resources to help with learning issues very involved PTA with fun traditions great opportunities for enrichment in the arts and music. Negatives Teacher morale is at lowest I've seen in my 5 years at the school bullying issues are not dealt with children who consistently excel are not given more challenge but remain at the same level of work as their peers tuition increase despite the awful economy less actives and enrichment being offered yet the tuition not reduced shrinking enrollment confusing and questionable process of financial aid awards.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter attend a private school for 6 years before coming to Annie Wright. I can tell the difference Annie Wright seems more advance has more parent evolvement the school and it s community seems more content. Yes my daughter last school was 15K less a year but Annie Wright was very generous in giving us 10K to help cover the cost of this school. It was be nice if the school could have more of a sports program. Also reading the last review in cutting teachers and then deciding to give themselves a pay raise. I believe (in any business) You have to look at where your money goes. I would rather pay 1 GOOD person a high salary then 2 people to do one a 1 mans job.

  • (3 years ago)

    Major changes this year letter goes out in July 2010 from board announcing they are "engaging in critical self examination of the school" in which they laid off a group of great staff. Tuition increases to average of 18k/yr (although they say this does not cover true tuition costs which are much higher. Months later Board votes to give itself a raise. All this would almost be something you could stomach if the learning was equal to public school Ap or even if learning took place that was adjusted to each student. It really teaches all the same just like public school but without the extra courses for highly capable etc.. Atheltics oferring is limited new rock wall that many groups have not been invited to use cut backs in swimming pool reduced science class time and more..... Why is it that bellarmine can offer more athletics better academics and at 11k/yr but state their true cost is 15k? It seems like AWS is not being run with the same efficiencies as other privates. Lots of parents involved but its usually for fund raising and social status not parent involvement in increasing academic challenges. The top of each class seems bored and not challenged.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a tremendous private school and encourages diversity across many socio-economic bounds. I have had three children in lower and middle school and believe their development both acedemically and socially to be well served.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great environment students are 'happy' but lower school is far too easy and they do not adjust for the typical private school needs in that I mean they teach down to the lowest needs and do not have a process to pull out students who are above average and challenge them.. It is a few grades behind in comparison to higher end academic private schools. Basically a great private school feeling with public school academics minus AP. Also....an underlying habit of not notifying parents of behavior issues/conflicts they tend to sweep it under the rug and hope no one finds out....

  • (4 years ago)

    The school is amazing and the athletics rock. Our kids just took 5th place in the State Volleyball Championship and we play two divisions up. Teachers are amazing and the curriculum is challenging; life changing experience for every child that attends.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am part of the Annie Wright Alumni This school rocks it changed my life and I am forever thankful for that. It is a great school not only for girls but for boys too. I was a boy who went there. I never felt like boys were out numberd at school. If you have a boy and you are thinking of sending him here don't be let people change thier mind when they tell you it is a girls school. It is not the middle and lower school are well balanced. And the boys athletic programs are good too.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son has been attending Annie Wright for the last 8 years. It is time to move on as he completes his 8th Grade this year. We including our son will have to adjust not attending the school anymore. The school has excellent middle school academics esp 5th-8th grade. My son has learned alot and has excelled in a number of nationalised testing -ACT CTY ERBs etc. I am particularly impressed by the dedication of the staff towards the kids. Alot of personal attention is paid to them. Looking back I think we took the right decision in sending him to Annie Wright.

  • (6 years ago)

    The programs are great there and the teachers are very nice. I went to one of there summer programs are they're fab!

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