Support Services

Research proves that students learn best when their academic, emotional, physical, and social needs are met. Annie Wright is dedicated to educating the whole child and works to provide a healthy, safe and supportive environment so that our students can be engaged and challenged learners. We provide opportunities to cultivate personal wellness and academic success through classroom instruction, student support services, and professional mental and physical health personnel.

The key elements of student support services at Annie Wright Schools include the following components:

Learning Support

The Learning Support Department strives to meet the individual needs of students, to encourage each student to reach his or her personal best, and to cultivate age-appropriate self-management skills that lead to independent and community-minded thinking. The Learning Support Department also provides professional development opportunities for the faculty to enhance their knowledge of how students learn and expand their use of the best practices in teaching, as well as collaborates with classroom teachers to help ensure that all students are being challenged and supported in their learning.
When additional academic support is needed beyond what the classroom teacher already provides, assistance is provided by our Learning Support Specialists. Students are supported by the Learning Support Specialists within the larger classroom environment, or outside of the classroom individually or within a small group. Students who are identified with specific learning difficulties worthy of an assessment are directed to outside sources for psycho-educational testing and are supported by the Learning Support team during this process. As our students grow and move forward, the Learning Support Specialists work to give students self-advocacy skills and tools to move to their next level independently and with success.

Counseling Services

The counseling program at Annie Wright is designed to provide a wide variety of in-house and referral services that promote the social and emotional well-being of its students and families. Counseling services are provided by a Lower & Middle School Counselor (Preschool-Grade 8), and an Upper School Counselor (Grades 9-12). The counselors are available for individual counseling, group counseling, peer conflict mediation, staff development, parent education, crisis intervention, curriculum development and community referral resources. The Counseling Program strives to provide the AWS community with a strong network of information, intellectual challenge, and sensitivity leading toward growth and understanding.

Health Center

The Health Center is open each weekday from 7:30 am to 3:45 pm. The School Nurse is available for first aid, accidents, and minor health problems.

Life Skills

A Life Skills curriculum is provided in Grades 6-9. It is an instructional program that provides the opportunity for all students to understand and practice concepts related to wellness and health. By exploring a wide variety of physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual topics, students have the opportunity to explore the concept that maintaining or improving personal wellness is a life-long process that influences one’s quality of life.

Parent Education Opportunities

Through the funding of the Annie Wright Schools Parents' Association, speakers are provided throughout the year to educate families about the specific needs of our children. Every opportunity is made to bridge the work of the school to the family life of our students.


Annie Wright Schools
Main Campus:
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403

Downtown Campus:
936 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402

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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower  and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls  and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.