About Us

Greetings from the Head of Schools

While this web site will give you a sense of our schools' history, programs and mission, I encourage you to visit the Annie Wright campus to witness firsthand the professionalism, passion and care demonstrated by the faculty and the warmth of our community. 
Since 1884, Annie Wright Schools have provided a distinctive, academic education, first for the daughters of the pioneers of the Pacific Northwest and, more recently, for the sons and daughters of Tacoma, the United States and the wider world.

We provide a challenging, balanced program that helps our young men and women reach their academic potential. We are proud that, through small class sizes, differentiated instruction and engagement of our faculty, every student at Annie Wright is well-known and treated as an individual. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, we aspire to develop in our students a global perspective and understanding of their place in the world.

Call, email, visit. We are looking forward to sharing our passion for Annie Wright Schools with you.


Jake Guadnola
Head of Schools
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      the Sullivan family

About Mr. Sullivan

Christian Sullivan has served as the Head of Annie Wright Schools since 2010. A native of England, Mr. Sullivan holds a bachelor’s degree in education from University of Durham, a master’s degree in educational management from University of Bath and a master’s degree in independent school leadership from Columbia University.

During his career, Mr. Sullivan has served as an administrator and teacher at independent schools in England, Kenya, Virginia and Connecticut. Mr. Sullivan serves on the board of trustees for the Museum of Glass in Tacoma and the board of governors for the Northwest Association of Independent Schools.

Mr. Sullivan relocated to Tacoma with his wife Lisa, who is Annie Wright's communications director, and two children, Lexy '17 and Matthew MS'15, in 2010. The Sullivans are avid skiers and outdoors enthusiasts and enjoy all the Pacific Northwest has to offer.


Annie Wright Schools
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403

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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 coed 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.