International Admissions

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. 
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 International Admissions Process

List of 8 items.

  • 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 packet, accompanied by the non-refundable application fee is required to initiate the formal application process.

    Applications for students entering Grades 9-11 are still being accepted for the 2021-2022 school year. Please contact us if you have any questions.
  • 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

    At this time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may schedule a campus tour by contacting Rex Bates at or + For the safety of our community, we are only offering tours after school day hours, to one family at a time. If a campus visit is not possible, we will coordinate a virtual interview.
  • 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.
  • 7. Official ETS TOEFL Score Requirements & Report

    Our end goal is for every student to earn a 100 or higher on the Internet-Based TOEFL Exam (iBT) prior to graduation from Annie Wright Schools. This goal is driven by the American university admission process. When reviewing international student applications, colleges consider four main criteria:

    Rigor of course load | Grades earned | SAT or ACT score | Extracurricular Activities | iBT TOEFL score
    TOEFL score largely determines grade level placement. We do not accept IELTS, SLEP, Duolingo or TOEFL Jr.

    Grade 9:  60+ to be considered, 70+ to be competitive 
    Grade 10: 70+ to be considered, 90+ to be competitive 
    Grade 11: 80+ to be considered, 100+ to be competitive 
    Grade 12: 90+ to be considered, 100+ to be competitive

    An official ETS TOEFL score report should be sent directly to the school.  Our school code is 8624.

    If a student has been educated in an English curriculum for the last three years, an official ETS TOEFL score is recommended but not required.
  • 8. Bank Statement & Passport

    In order to process an I-20 for international students, the following documents are required as part of the admissions application:
    • Copy of the student's passport with photo and expiration date
    • Copy of a bank statement showing $65,000 USD or equivalent
    These documents can be uploaded as part of the online application or emailed to

Annie Wright Schools welcome students from around the world, and our vibrant and nurturing boarding program makes students feel at home.

Along with the application materials listed above, international students must provide:          
  • Official TOEFL Score Report: Our school code is 8624
  • I-20 Documentation: Official Bank Statement & copy of Passport

Upper School Voices

List of 2 events.

  • Nov

    Upper School Virtual Preview

  • Dec

    Upper School Virtual Preview

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For questions please contact Director of International Advancement Rex Bates at + 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.