Admissions

Preschool - Grade 5

Still enrolling for fall 2020 in Kindergarten and Grades 1 & 5!
Annie Wright Lower School provides an inquiry-based education as unique as your child. It is a place where boys and girls discover and develop their passions and individual learning styles while being held to international standards of excellence. Highlights of our program include:

We invite you to experience Annie Wright Lower School's warm community and learn about our International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme

We look forward to meeting you soon!
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.

Preschool Admission Process

List of 3 items.

  • 1. Attend a Preview or Schedule a Campus Tour

    There is nothing we enjoy more than sharing our campus and classrooms with prospective families. Please check out our preview schedule or schedule a campus tour by contacting Joy Phelps at 253.284.8602 or joy_phelps@aw.org.
  • 2. Complete the Online Application

    Applications are still being accepted for the 2020-2021 school year. Our online application can be found here

    • The application includes a non-refundable $80 application fee.
    • The Teacher Recommendation Request is embedded in the online application and requires the child’s current teacher’s email address.
    INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: Annie Wright Schools offer I-20 materials to students starting in Kindergarten. Families are required to provide an official bank statement and a copy of the student's passport. 

    Boarding begins in Grade 9. Until then, international students must live with a family member or host family. 


  • 3. Schedule a Group Play

    Applicants participate in a group play session during which we observe candidates interacting with other children and assess school readiness. Group Play happens each February. We will contact you to schedule once your child's application is complete.

Kindergarten Admission Process

List of 3 items.

  • 1. Attend a Preview or Schedule a Campus Tour

    There is nothing we enjoy more than sharing our campus and classrooms with prospective families. Please check out our preview schedule or schedule a campus tour by contacting Joy Phelps at 253.284.8602 or joy_phelps@aw.org.
  • 2. Complete the Online Application

    Applications are still being accepted for the 2020-2021 school year. Our online application can be found here
     
    • The application includes a non-refundable $80 application fee.
    • The Official School Transcript Request is included in the online application and goes automatically to your child’s school. We require last year’s and this school year’s transcript (to date).  
    • The Teacher Recommendation Request is included in the online application and requires the child’s current teacher’s email address.
     
    INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: Annie Wright Schools offer I-20 materials to students starting in Kindergarten. Families are required to provide an official bank statement and a copy of the student's passport. 
     
    • Boarding begins in Grade 9. Until then, international students must live with a family member or host family. 
  • 3. Schedule a Morning Class Visit & School Readiness Assessment

    An important part of the admission process is your child’s class visit. Whether a child has toured or visited prior to applying, applicants spend a morning at school paired with a peer buddy. This allows applicants to get acquainted with Annie Wright Schools and serves as an important step in determining the right fit for your child. We serve a complimentary snack, but applicants may bring a snack from home if they prefer. 
     
    Applicants to Kindergarten must also have an individual assessment (we use the Gesell) to help determine developmental readiness for school. The assessment provides an opportunity to observe the applicant in several areas including language and cognitive thinking, and will be part of the morning visit. Call Joy Phelps at 253.284.8602 to schedule. 

Grades 1-5 Admission Process

List of 4 items.

  • 1. Attend a Preview or Schedule a Campus Tour

    There is nothing we enjoy more than sharing our campus and classrooms with prospective families. Please check out our preview schedule or schedule a campus tour by contacting Joy Phelps at 253.284.8602 or joy_phelps@aw.org
  • 2. Complete the Online Application

    Applications are still being accepted for the 2020-2021 school year. Our online application can be found here

    • The application includes a non-refundable $80 application fee.
    • The Official School Transcript Request is included in the online application and goes automatically to your child’s school. We require last year’s and this school year’s transcript (to date).  
    • The Teacher Recommendation Request is included in the online application and requires the child’s current teacher’s email address.

    INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: 
    Annie Wright Schools offer I-20 materials to students starting in Kindergarten. Families are required to provide an official bank statement and a copy of the student's passport. 

    Boarding begins in Grade 9. Until then, international students must live with a family member or host family. 


  • 3. Schedule a Class Visit Day

    An important part of the admission process is your child’s class visit. Whether a child has toured or visited prior to applying, applicants spend a day at school paired with a peer buddy. This allows applicants to get acquainted with Annie Wright Schools and serves as an important step in determining the right fit for your child. We serve a complimentary snack and lunch, but applicants may bring food from home if they prefer. Call Joy Phelps at 253.284.8602 to schedule. 
  • 4. Complete Admission Testing

    Academic assessments typically occur during the class visit day.
For questions or to schedule a campus tour, contact Lower & Middle School Admissions Director Joy Phelps at 253.284.8602 or joy_phelps@aw.org.
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Contact

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.