Lower School

3-4 year-olds

Annie Wright Preschool teachers recognize and honor every child's unique needs and abilities. To ensure that a child is active, engaged, and continually supported in his or her healthy growth and learning, our International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme curriculum is inquiry-based, thoughtfully planned and developmentally appropriate for each child.


List of 9 items.

  • Language Arts

    The language arts curriculum, which emphasizes the power of stories and communication, is rich with activities and experiences that encourage listening, speaking, writing and reading readiness. Language arts may be taught as part of math, science, social studies, or any other area of the curriculum. The "Get Set for School" program encourages letter recognition and sounds, develops fine motor skills and encourages creativity.
  • Learning Resources

    Teachers recognize students’ unique learning styles and assist them in reaching their full potential by helping them develop strategies for success. Social/emotional support to help children feel secure, successful and happy is also available from the Lower School counselor and our team of educational professionals.
  • Library

    Preschoolers enjoy stories that tie into classroom activities as well as the world around them. Books are developmentally appropriate but stretch young students to increase their vocabulary.
  • Mathematics

    The activity-based mathematics curriculum includes classifying, measuring, sorting, sequencing and patterning.
  • Music

    Three-year old musical learners work on singing on pitch both with and without instruments and pre-recorded accompaniments. Dancing to simple songs and focusing on keeping a steady beat help develop a sense of rhythm as well as fine and gross motor coordination. Students also explore different kinds of musical sounds and dynamics.
  • Physical Education

    What jumps like a frog, flies like an airplane, crawls like a kitten and gallops like a horse? Preschool students who come to the gym ready to move! The goal for physical education is to introduce the children to the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and social interaction. Fifty percent of the curriculum is based on developing motor skills, as these are the building blocks for body awareness, coordination, and game play. Laughter and high energy are hallmarks of Preschool PE.
  • Science

    The inquiry-based science curriculum offers authentic lab work to budding scientists. The program emphasizes a range of skills including observing, comparing and contrasting, predicting, sorting, and the beginnings of ordered thinking. Topics are integrated with those covered in the classroom, and are often fluid as in the nature of science itself.
  • Spanish

    Preschool students have Spanish lessons twice a week. During class students learn songs, hear stories and engage in movement activities in Spanish. As students become more confident with the language, they begin to answer simple questions. Preschool students also explore cultural aspects of diverse Spanish-speaking countries.
  • Swimming

    All Preschool students participate in swim class in our on-site pool. In a nurturing environment, teachers work with the students both in the locker room and in the pool to gain independence and learn how to be safe. Swim skills include safety in and around the pool, comfort and security in the water, kicking and basic strokes.

Contact AWS

Joy Phelps
Lower & Middle School Admissions Director
253.284.8602 | joy_phelps@aw.org
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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.