AWS students explore the world

International mindedness is central to an International Baccalaureate education, and Annie Wright Schools provide opportunities for all students to explore their world. In the Middle and Upper Schools, international travel is either included in tuition or heavily subsidized by the school.

Next month the entire eighth grade will travel to Costa Rica for seven days to study the rainforest, culture, government and language. Part of the Middle School Journeys program, this trip helps cap off the IB Middle Years Programme at Annie Wright. Journeys throughout Middle School focus on the scientific study of biomes and expand the span of learning a bit more every year. Grade 6 students travel to Monterey, California, for four days to study marine biology. This trip is a natural follow-up to the Grade 5 study of the Puget Sound. Grade 7 students study desert environments and the Hopi culture for five days in the Southwest. This experience includes the Grand Canyon.

In Upper School, students have a variety of opportunities to travel across the country and the world, from a few days to two months. Established exchange programs to Spain, France, Argentina, New Zealand and China offer opportunities for deep intercultural connections. The signature activities program, called (s)Electives, offers a range of passion-related travel experiences, from singers competing in a choir festival in Vancouver, BC to journalists learning about Vietnam War propaganda in Hanoi.

Learn more about student travel opportunities by contacting Joy Phelps for Lower & Middle School and Maddy Mancuso for Upper School.


Annie Wright Schools
Main Campus:
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403

Downtown Campus:
936 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402

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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 co-ed 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.