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Annie Wright School

Private | PK-12 | 479 students

Annie Wright Schools are best know for our strong community and IB curriculum.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $235,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $930.

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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 6 ratings

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Posted March 19, 2014

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

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Posted March 10, 2014

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2014

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2014

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2013

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2013

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.


Posted September 17, 2012

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2012

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2011

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


Posted May 10, 2011

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2011

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2011

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2011

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2011

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2009

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....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 18, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2008

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


Posted September 7, 2007

Our oldest daughter attended AWS for 13 years and youngest is in her 11th year. The oldest daughter just graduated from UPS and felt well prepared for her college experience. Many of her fellow college students were not as prepared especially in the area of writing. She also found her computer skills far superior to most of her peers. She was a nationally-ranked junior tennis player while at AWS and the school was very accomodating to her special scheduling needs, recognizing her athletic talent. The school has wonderful music, art, language and athletic programs. We also are tuition-paying parents, but unlike the other reviewer, we are pleased AWS attempts to mirror society with it's student population, and does not have an elitist attitude, for children must learn to live and learn in the real world, with all types of people and even our children are not perfect.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 64%
Asian 18% N/A
Two or more races 9% N/A
Black 7% 6%
Hispanic 2% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
French
Japanese
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • IB
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00am
School end time
  • 3:10pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Christian Sullivan
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Extended/longer school day
Boarding options
  • Some boarding, some day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Episcopal
Associations
  • NAES
  • NAIS
  • NCGS
  • TABS
Fax number
  • (253) 572-3616

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • College prep
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • IB
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

Photos

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Annie Wright's strong community cultivates individual learners to become well-educated, creative and responsible citizens for a global society. Learn more about Annie Wright's mission and key characteristics at http://www.aw.org/Page/About-Us/About-Annie-Wright-Schools/Mission-and-Key-Characteristics.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$15000 - $40000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
IB
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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827 North Tacoma Ave
Tacoma, WA 98403
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Phone: (253) 272-2216

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