Admissions

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. Our vibrant and nurturing boarding program strives to make students feel at home and focuses on creating a culture of warmth, fun, security and belonging.

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

    While many grades are full and we do have a wait pool, applications for students entering Grades 9 and 11 are still being accepted for the 2022-2023 school year. We have also opened the application process for the 2023-2024 school year. Our online application can be found here, please make sure to select the appropriate year when submitting the application. We also accept the SAO Application for international candidates.

    Our application deadline for the 2023-2024 school year is February 1. 
    Our application includes a non-refundable $80 application fee. Note that the SAO fee is $150.
  • 3. Official School Transcript & Evaluation

    Completed applications will include a copy of the applicant’s official school transcript for the past two years. Official School Transcripts can be uploaded by parents/guardians via the online application checklist. We require last year’s and this school year’s transcript (to date). 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 teacher’s email address. Completed recommendations are submitted electronically to the admissions team upon completion by the teacher.
  • 5. Campus Visit & Interview

    You may schedule a campus tour by contacting Rex Bates at rex_bates@aw.org or +1.253.284.4309. 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 that contributes to our admissions decision. This assessment is also used to help inform course placement.
  • 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.

    GRADE PLACEMENT 
    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 uploaded via the application checklist.  Our ETS school code is 8624 if you would also like ETS to send the score report to us directly.

    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 approximately one year's worth of tuition ($70,000 USD or equivalent for 2022-2023).
    These documents can be uploaded as part of the online application checklist.

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For questions about International Boarding please contact Director of International Advancement 
Rex Bate
s
at +1.253.284.4309
or rex_bates@aw.org
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Annie Wright Schools
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403
253.272.2216

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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.