Admissions

Tuition & Financial Aid

Annie Wright Schools' small class sizes, world class faculty, excellent facilities and innovative programming require a significant investment by parents, and we honor the sacrifices of many of our families to make education a priority. To offset expenses, opportunities such as year-round Preschool programming, Middle School journeys and other special programming are included in tuition. Families are also supported by thousands of alumni, friends and community members who continue to contribute through our Gators Give program, which helps offset tuition.

PRESCHOOL - GRADE 8 TUITION RATES FOR 2023-24

All field trips, class trips, and Middle School Journeys (Bay Area, California for Grade 6; Southwest for Grade 7; and Costa Rica for Grade 8) travel expenses are included in tuition. Also included in tuition is the cost of one yearbook per student. Options for personalization are available for an extra charge.

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  • Preschool

    5 mornings: $20,650
    5 full-days:  $24,400

    Half-day Preschool includes optional before-care and half-day coverage during school breaks at no additional charge. Half-day summer programming is also included the summer after their first full year of enrollment for Preschool. Half-day programming begins at 8:00 am and ends at 12:00 pm.


    Full-day Preschool includes optional before- and after-care and coverage during school breaks at no additional charge! Full day summer programming is also included the summer after their first full year of enrollment for Preschool. Full-day hours are 8:00 am - 3:10 pm.

    Learn more.
  • Kindergarten-Grade 5

    $27,650
  • Grades 6-8

    $31,900

GRADES 9 - 12 TUITION RATES FOR 2023-24

All field trips and class trips are included in tuition. While US (s)Elective trips are largely covered by the school, families are asked to pay a $100-per-trip fee. 22-23 (s)Elective trips include Atlanta, NY, DC, LA, England, Japan and Colombia. Also included in tuition is the cost of one yearbook per student. Options for personalization are available for an extra charge.

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ADDITIONAL ESTIMATED FEES AND EXPENSES

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  • Enrollment Fees

    Deposit | A non-refundable tuition deposit is required to complete the enrollment and re-enrollment process. The deposit amount varies depending on the type of enrollment (Day, 5-, 7-Day Boarding) and is specified on the contract. 
     
    Textbooks | One-time fee, varies by grade.
    Preschool
      $45
    Kindergarten
    $100
    Grades 1 - 3
    $165
    Grades 4 - 5
    $190
    Grades 6 – 8
    $310
    Grades 9 - 12
    $465
     
    Technology Package | Middle School: Included | Grades 9-12: $1,600 One-time fee | Mac laptop, 4-year AppleCare+ warranty coverage, software, ongoing in-house technical support, and loaner laptops when repairs are in progress. 
     
    International Students Only: Health Insurance | $700 per student in grades K – 12.
  • Additional Expenses

    Uniforms | $110 - $260 | Daily uniforms are required at all levels. Dress uniform is required at the Upper School level. The expense varies by grade level and personal choice.
     
    School Supplies | Costs Vary
    • Lower School students will be provided with all necessary, common-use classroom school supplies (pencils, markers, etc.).
    • Lists of individualized supplies (backpacks, binders, swimsuits (LS), etc.) for Lower and Middle School students will be available in late Spring.
    • Upper School students have one required item: a Texas Instruments TI-84 (Plus or Plus CE) graphing calculator, which should be purchased prior to the start of school as this is the only approved graphing calculator for math and science courses. During the first week of school, each student will receive an Annie Wright Schools planner, and teachers will inform students about any additional needed supplies. 
  • Optional Expenses and Fees

    Bus service | $1,550 - $3,100 | Annie Wright Schools provide reliable, safe transportation for over 100 students every day. Round-trip and one-way passes are available, as well as sibling discounts. For more information visit our transportation page.
     
    Lunch (day students only)* | Costs vary | Annie Wright has partnered with FLIK Independent School Dining to offer a variety of homemade meals each day, and since many students bring lunch from home, costs vary significantly for families, though, on average, families in Grades 2 - 12 spend ~$50/month on lunch.

    Daily offerings include soup, hot entrée, side dishes, salad bar, composed salads and sandwich of the day, along with sandwiches made to order. Younger students can pre-order box lunches (at a lower rate), while students in Grades 2 and above may go through the lunch line. For more information visit our Food at Annie Wright page.

    *Meals are included in Boarding tuition.
     
    Extended Day Care | Costs Vary | We offer ED to students in Preschool through Grade 8 before school, starting at 7:00 am, at no charge. After-school programming is available until 6:00 pm. Options vary by age, and in grades K – 8, families sign up by season, which coincide with arts and athletics offerings. For more information visit our Extended Day page.
     
    Private Music Lessons | Local instructors lease our spaces before and after-school to offer lessons to AWS students for parent & student convenience. Costs would be determined by individual student choice. Contact Annie Green, Director of Arts, for more information.

Financial Aid

Annie Wright Schools are committed to making our programs as accessible as possible. In addition to flexible payment plans, we offer need-based financial aid to families in our community who would not otherwise be able to access an Annie Wright education. Need-based financial aid is available for tuition, fees, and some of the school-related expenses listed above. Financial-aid recipients receive coverage equal to the same percentage of tuition support that a student receives.
 
Need-based financial aid is intended to supplement a family’s financial commitment to their student’s education and are based on demonstrated need. The difference between what a family can reasonably be expected to pay and the cost of tuition constitutes the family’s demonstrated need. More than 40% of Annie Wright families currently receive some form of financial aid.

In addition, scholarships to attend the Upper Schools at Annie Wright are offered during our annual Scholar Search weekend, only. Attendance at this event means you’re eligible for these awards. Annie Wright Schools do not offer athletic scholarships.
 
While need-based financial aid and scholarships do not need to be repaid, it is required that recipients reapply for need-based financial aid annually through Blackbaud Financial Aid Management. See details for submitting that application under “How to Apply for Financial Aid.”  In most cases, student awards remain at similar levels, adjusting for tuition increases. Only in cases where there are considerable changes in financial circumstance, do aid amounts significantly change year-over-year.
 
Families who apply for financial aid should know that the admissions and financial aid committees make decisions independently of each other. For many families, applying for financial aid is just another step in the process of applying to independent schools.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

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  • 1. Check important financial aid deadlines

    BlackBaud Financial Aid Management is now open for 2023-2024 financial aid applications. 

    Financial aid applications are due with the admissions application and no later than February 1 to be considered. Financial aid applications are reviewed on a rolling basis after February 1 if funding is still available.
  • 2. Apply through Blackbaud Financial Aid Management

    To demonstrate need, families must complete an online financial aid application through BlackBaud Financial Aid Management. The application fee is $35 and the school code is 14816.

    Please note that the 2023-2024 Financial Aid application is now open. If you are applying for the 2022-2023 school year and are interested in applying for financial aid, please reach out to your Divisional Admissions Director.
  • 3. Get your questions answered

    Questions about your Blackbaud Financial Aid Management application? Read this FAQ or contact Blackbaud directly at 800.360.8027, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm central time. Blackbaud staff are also available via email at financialaidsupport@blackbaud.school.
  • 4. View award with acceptance letter

    Based on the financial aid application, Blackbaud Financial Aid Management will send a report to Annie Wright Schools. The school will communicate the amount of aid with acceptance and enrollment packages.
Please contact Nick Zosel-Johnson for Preschool to Grade 5, Maddy Mancuso for Grades 6-12 (day & domestic boarding) and Rex Bates for Grades 9-12 (international boarding) if you would like more information on tuition and financial aid options.
Annie Wright Schools remain firmly committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all student applicants. Annie Wright Schools shall recruit, admit, and teach students without regard to race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, political ideology, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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.