Virtual School, AWS Style

Embodying Annie Wright Schools’ pioneering spirit, our strong community has transitioned to distance learning with creativity, determination, warmth and a continuing standard of excellence. 

Across all grades, and especially for younger students, experiential aspects of learning extend beyond the screen, with teachers encouraging students to read, communicate, and engage in authentic learning experiences, while continuing to be physically active. The goal for virtual school content is 1-2 hours per day for Preschool-Grade 2, 2-3 hours for Grades 3-5, and 4 hours for Grades 6-12. Some online experiences are in real time, for example group work and class discussions using video conferencing software, while others are available at any time, for example prerecorded teacher videos and learning apps.

For Lower School, email and class blogs provide lessons, resources, ideas, activities, games, challenges and assignments in literacy, numeracy and multidisciplinary areas. In addition, music, PE, Spanish and library teachers provide a range of activities that continue to support their current programs. A range of technology resources which they already know well supports learners in Grades 1-5.

Some ways they’re staying connected:

  • Morning meetings and video greetings of each student by name
  • Video story time with the classroom teacher
  • Virtual lunches with the whole class

In Middle and Upper Schools, both off- and on-screen learning activities engage learners, and all teachers continue to deliver their curricula on set class schedules. Classes continue to meet through video conferencing, as do advisories, tutorials, activities and other community groups. In addition, PE teachers provide resources for staying active, and counselors and advisors are available to support students with academic, social or emotional needs. 

Some ways they’re staying connected:

  • One-on-one check-ins with students
  • Collaborative projects using video conferencing
  • Engaging videos and fun challenges
  • Daily emails and videos from the Directors and Deans

Not just classroom teachers are working hard. Our amazing librarian has developed a comprehensive library blog with resources for Preschool to Grade 12. Our counselors are connecting with students virtually at all hours of the day. Learning support is available and busier than ever. The Senior Leadership Team and Board of Trustees are bolstering the community with strength and transparency.

  • to the teachers, who are working harder than ever and delivering their expertise, passion and love even as their own circumstances are challenging
  • to the students, who are adapting well and embracing new opportunities and challenges
  • to the parents, who are having to do it all and create a positive experience for their children while facing their own unique pressures
  • and to everyone in this community who is continuing to put students at the heart of all we do, from strength to strength


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 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.