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PK-12
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Tacoma, WA
Students enrolled: 479
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827 North Tacoma Ave
Tacoma, WA 98403

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(253) 272-2216
(253) 572-3616
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May 21, 2014
I like the small class sizes and the parental involvement and sense of supportive community. Most of all, I am enjoying watching my two cute kids turn into confident and caring young ladies. And I have no doubt that the teachers they have had at Annie Wright and the administration has helped foster not only their academic development but also their social and emotional well being.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
September 01, 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
July 01, 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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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

- submitted by a community member
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
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
May 04, 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
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
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
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
no rating 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
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.

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June 23, 2009
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- submitted by a student
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.

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December 21, 2008
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- submitted by a student
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
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!

- submitted by a community member
September 07, 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
no rating August 21, 2007
We have two sons attending Annie Wright School and there is no place they would rather be. They feel AWS is their second home. The extra-curricular programs are outstanding, and the options for athletics, arts, and music instruction in Lower School cannot be matched by any other school in the area. We have shopped around. When you walk into the beautiful facilty, the feeling is one of tradition, acceptance and respect for all. It just feels right. AWS offers an excellent college prep curriculum like other schools of its caliber, but the swim classes, athletics, extra-curriciular offerings, and particularly the emphasis on global education set AWS apart from the rest.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2007
We sent our daughter to Annie Wright for 5 long years. We were one of the few to pay the full price tuition. What we found is that Annie Wright will accept any student at any level if their parents can afford the tuition. Yes your child has to take an entrance exam I can assure you it is all pomp and circumstance. The administration makes no apology for accepting students with behavior or learning issues. It's all about who can pay. Our child was consistently board in class because the rate of learning was so slow to accommodate for the children that couldn't keep up. They spent a entire year on multiplication and division. The next year was spent working only on fractions. This is something our daughter was able to learn quickly and was not allowed to progress. Don't waste your money here.

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June 19, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
April 25, 2007
My daughter is now a kindergartner at the Annie Wright School, a place where I see children given the chance to grow and shine academically, artistically, and athletically. Student expression flourishes here. While my daughter s class possesses a wide variety of abilities, I see all the students receiving great instruction, especially in reading. The Lower School uses the Junior Great Books program which builds deep understanding using rich literature. I don t know any other school in Tacoma that can match this. The art program is phenomenal; just walk the halls and view the student art work plastering the walls. Without a doubt every day is an engaging and challenging day for my daughter. Great teachers inspire her every day. Knowing this and seeing her blossom over the last two years makes paying the tuition a joy. This school is a phenomenal opportunity for children.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2007
We have had a child at the school for the last seven years and have been very pleased. The teachers have been overwhelmingly kind and the focus on a global education, covering art, science, music and other enrichment areas, cannot be beat. We have found the families to be generally friendly and really like the peer group our daughter has. We are especially excited to have the opportunity for a small middle school experience with a known group of peers.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2007
The decision to keep our daughter at AWS or not has been excruciating. I have been an insider at the school for a year now, and although I am completely happy with the particular class she is in right now, the rest of it is frankly dismal. As a teacher myself with wide experience, I can say that the academics are not up to par with a school of this tuition range. There is no integrated curriculum and teaching methods are typically pretty old-fashioned - of the question-answer variety. Student behavior is generally unfocused and rather disrespectful considering what is supposedly the caliber of this school. I am saddened by this school as my daughter can get much of what she gets here for free elsewhere, if we don't let the fancy AWS name blind us.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2007
Take this from a student I have been going here for over 8 years and enjoying almost every moment of it, yes the quality over the past couple years has gone down in extracurricular activities and in a few other areas but the education is better than ever in fact on Saturday I was legible to take the SAT's and I feel that I did pretty good, the athletic programs are also better than ever if we win our basketball game tomorrow than we will have won our second championship and if your worried about your child not having a social life don't I have over 50 friends!

- submitted by a student
June 07, 2006
My daughter attends the AWS Upper School. Without question, this is the strongest education offered in the city of Tacoma. The personal attention, class rigor, and college preparation is second to none. I recommend this school whole-heartedly to anyone with a high school age daughter.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2006
My son attended AWS for the 5th grade and it was less than we had hoped. There seems to be a subtle girl bias at the school. Some teachers seem to be harder on the boys behaviorally than the girls. The academics leave something to be desired and the parent conferences and the progress reports are a joke. There was no specifity for the individual student and with the swimming instructor, we left the conference convinced that she had no idea who our son was.

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April 29, 2006
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April 24, 2006
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January 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2005
I transferred my child to Annie Wright from Charles Wright and have been very pleased with our decision. They offer extra-curricular activities which makes it a well-rounded education plan. They teach computer at a very early age where it is a must this day and age. They even have swimming class where Annie Wright is the only one who offers it in Tacoma. I would highly recommend this school to anyone who would like to have a quality education for their child/ren

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2005
Annie Wright is an excellent school if you want your child to succeed. The atmosphere is very welcoming and the class sizes are small enough that you know your child will get the 1 on 1 attention they need. Excellent extra curricular activites, strong athletics department, challenging academics and sincere parent involvement. Boarding is available for high school students. Beautiful large 10 acre campus in a safe area of Tacoma. A wonderful school to check out.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2005
Annie Wright School is the premium, school of choice in the Pacific Northwest. Parents are incredibly committed, involved, dedicated, and supportive. The academic programs are top flight. The students learn and enjoy life. The school has a small student body (girls only for high school) and, it appears, that most students and faculty know everyone. Our daughter has attended AWS for the past two years. It is worth every penny and more. Our daughter has excelled in a rigorous academic program that helps each student recognize their potential.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2005
To start, I love Annie Wright. We have great teachers, fun classes, and a good setting. Small class size allows for better interaction between the students and the teachers, and most students have an individual relationship with each teacher. We have a good music and art program. Music and art classes are both offered, as well as private lessons.

- submitted by a student
August 15, 2005
the school has a great student/teacher ratio but extras add up. For the price the addtional student help should be better. Families can be clickish.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2005
This has been a great school for our child. It provides a caring, supportive and challenging environment where she is thriving. Even with financial aid, financing her education is hard, but well worth it! The teachers seem very invested in the kids and are excellent educators! We love it!

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May 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2004
Dr. Ghosh is a great leader I am certain that she will be able to move the school forward. My daughter has been a student there since Kindergarten. Overall I think the many changes implemented over the past 3 years by Dr. Ghosh have greatly enhanced the academics. AWS has some great teachers and some teachers who should really consider retirement as they clearly do not enjoy their work and are punitive and bullying in their attitude toward students. I would agree that the parents are snobs, racist, newly rich social climbers. However, my focus is not for me to make friends but for my child to receive the best education possible. The atmosphere at AWS could stand improvement that begins with the staff and muct include teachers, parents and their children. However, I have been very impressed with the academics and feel certain that my child will continue to excell.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2004
Our child has been at AWS for 2 years now and we are very pleased. The AWS Middle School has helped our child excel academically because of a talented and invested group of teachers and staff. We specifically chose AWS for it's small class size and individual attention and we have not been disappointed. Her first semester was a bit difficult socially, but by the end of her first year she felt a welcome part of the community. It seemed even more challenging because most of her peers have been together since kindergarten. It does seem that AWS could find more ways for new families (especially in the MS and US) to connect but our experiance as a new family overall was positive. We are absoluty thrilled that our daughter is at AWS and highly reccomend it to others!

- submitted by a student
November 09, 2004
My daughter began attending AWS in middle school and is now in upper school there. We live a long way from the school but the extra travel is worth it. The AWS community of faculty, staff and parents is warm and welcoming. Our daughter is getting a high quality, well rounded education that is helping her to mature both intellectually and socially. The attention the teachers are able and willing to give each student has been a great aid in helping our daughter improve her study skills and in developing a sense of curiousity that is so important in getting a real education. This is a school that is not afraid to question itself and explore different ways of doing things. The leadership is focused on developing well educated citizens of the world community. We know that our daughter will leave here with an excellent start in university.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2004
After searching to find a high quality education for our daughter we deceided on AWS. With the cost of the tuition, the facility, and teacher enthusiasm we saw on our visits we were sure that we we going to get our moneys worth. Nothing could be further from the truth. We have had to enroll our daughter in an after school math program due to poor program at this school. The atmosphere is one of snobbishness by the parents which is passed to the children....please this is Tacoma. The new headmaster seems to be more interested in building the facility, money drives, and her world vision of making our children good citizens of the earth than what we paid for. A great education that leads to college. If you aspire to raise mediocre students at exorbitant cost, but with quick admission to the Tacoma Tennis Club AWS is for you.

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Annie Wright Schools
827 North Tacoma Ave, Tacoma, WA  98403
(253) 272-2216
Last modified Annie Wright Schools is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Annie Wright Schools Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top