Learning Support

The Learning Support Department strives to meet the individual needs of students, to encourage each student to reach his or her personal best, and to cultivate age-appropriate self-management skills that lead to independent and community-minded thinking.
The Learning Support Department also provides professional development opportunities for the faculty to enhance their knowledge of how students learn and expand their use of the best practices in teaching, as well as collaborates with classroom teachers to help ensure that all students are being challenged and supported in their learning.

Learning Specialists are able to provide additional academic support beyond what the classroom teacher already provides, either within the larger classroom environment or outside of the classroom individually or within a small group. Students who are identified with specific learning difficulties worthy of an assessment are directed to outside sources for psycho-educational testing and are supported by the Learning Support team during this process. As our students grow, Learning Specialists work to give them self-advocacy skills and tools to move to their next level independently and successfully.

Learning Specialists also support parents and families to establish strong communication with teachers, better understand the academic needs and challenges of their students, and provide wider awareness of academic opportunities beyond high school.

Accommodations Provided by AWS Learning Support

Annie Wright Schools offer accommodations for students to help ensure that each individual has an opportunity to learn and to demonstrate that learning has occurred. Here are some examples of the types of accommodations offered in the different divisions:

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  • Lower School

    • Visual aides 
    • Student contracts
    • Reinforcements/rewards
    • Concrete manipulatives
    • Organizational aides
    • Frequent breaks
    • Methods to reduce distractions
  • Middle & Upper Schools

    • Extended time on tests
    • Testing in a quiet, separate area
    • Notetakers
    • Audio Books
    • Oral testing
    • Permission for the use of computers or other technology to assist in test taking and study skills


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.