Independent Schools

What are independent schools?
Independent schools provide outstanding learning opportunities, have distinct missions and are primarily supported by tuition payments, charitable contributions and endowment revenue. Types of independent schools include coeducational and single sex institutions, as well as boarding and day schools. Each school meets high accreditation standards and is held accountable by its Board.

Why attend an independent school?
Benefits include individual attention, small classes, excellent teachers, high academic standards and a breadth of programs in the classroom and beyond.

Why are independent schools successful?
The research says:
  • Close-knit communities
  • Individualized attention for students
  • High-quality and committed teachers
  • Hands-on learning opportunities
  • Educational experiences beyond the classroom
  • Actively engaged parents
  • Supportive learning environments
On average, independent school students:
  • Do more homework than their counterparts
  • Watch one-third less television
  • Are significantly more likely to participate in varsity or intramural sports
  • Are more likely to agree that students and teachers get along well, discipline is fair and teaching is good
More evidence:
Dr. Richard J. Light of Harvard University published a report describing five areas in which independent school graduates differ significantly from their counterparts from even the best public schools. Dr. Light found that independent school alumni were:
  • Significantly better in writing preparedness, especially with regard to research papers
  • Much more likely to seek out advice from a faculty member
  • Much more likely to choose the appropriate class level
  • Much more likely to have better time management skills
  • More likely to have a broader world view


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.