Grades 9-12

Annie Wright's separate Upper Schools for boys and girls offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. We offer rich, thoughtful and internationally-recognized programs that welcome students from around the world. 
INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: Please visit this page to learn more about the admissions process for international students. 
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have adapted our admission process and will conduct most on-campus requirements virtually. Please register for one of our virtual events for more information.

Upper School Admission Process

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  • 1. Submit an Inquiry Form

    Students and families interested in Annie Wright Schools may initiate the admission process by submitting an inquiry form here. Once we receive the form, a member of our admissions team will be in touch about next steps. We look forward to hearing from you!
  • 2. Online Application

    A completed online application, accompanied by the non-refundable application fee is required to initiate the formal application process.

    We are still accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year in some grades and we have opened the application process for the 2022-2023 school year. Our online application can be found here
  • 3. Official School Transcript & Evaluation

    Completed applications will include a copy of the applicant’s official school transcript for the past two years. The online application includes a downloadable Request for Transcript & School Evaluation Form. Please have your most recent school(s) complete this form and send an official school transcript directly to Annie Wright. Note: Schools often require as long as two weeks to complete transcript requests. 
  • 4. Teacher Recommendations

    A Math and English teacher online recommendation form must be completed by the applicant’s current or past teachers. The Teacher Recommendation Requests are included in the online application and require the student's current teacher’s email address. Completed recommendations are submitted electronically to the admissions team upon completion by the teacher.
  • 5. Campus Visit & Interview

    We are offering Upper School campus tours on Wednesdays and Fridays at 4:00 pm and on Saturdays at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm. Please schedule a tour here. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Bales at or 253.284.8601. 
  • 6. Math Assessment

    Our online mathematics admissions assessment covers core Middle School mathematics concepts. We treat the results of the assessment as only one piece of data - one piece - that contributes to our admissions decision. This assessment is not a course placement exam.

Join us in 2022 for Scholar Search at AWS

Students applying for Grades 9-11 are invited to attend Scholar Search each year in early February. This is your chance to get to know Annie Wright Schools, our two Upper School programs (one for boys and one for girls), and for us to learn about you, too. Best of all, this is the only time in the year that we award merit scholarships to attend the Upper Schools at Annie Wright, and attendance at Scholar Search means you’re eligible for these awards.

Throughout the visit, you'll meet other students, explore our beautiful campus, visit classes and interact with our exceptional faculty.
You’ll get to know current students and potential future classmates.

Scholar Search is free of charge, but preregistration is required and space is limited.


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  • Nov

    Upper School Virtual Preview

  • Dec

    Upper School Virtual Preview

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For questions please contact Upper School Admissions Director Laura Bales ’85 at 253.284.8601 or


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.