Greetings from the Head of Schools

Welcome to Annie Wright Schools! 

While this web site will give you a sense of our schools' history, programs and mission, I encourage you to visit the Annie Wright campus to witness firsthand the professionalism and care demonstrated by the faculty and the warmth of our community. 
Since 1884, Annie Wright Schools have provided a distinctive, academic education, first for the daughters of the pioneers of the Pacific Northwest and, more lately, for the sons and daughters of Tacoma, the United States and the wider world. The needs of both boys and girls are met through the Preschool through Grade 5 Lower School and Grades 6-8 Middle School, while the Upper School's full boarding, five-day boarding and day programs serve girls only in Grades 9-12.

We provide a challenging, balanced program that helps our young men and women reach their academic potential. We are proud that, through small class sizes, differentiated instruction and engagement of our faculty, every student at Annie Wright is well-known and treated as an individual. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, we aspire to develop in our students a global perspective and understanding of their place in the world.

Call, email, visit. We are looking forward to sharing our passion for Annie Wright Schools with you.


Christian G. Sullivan
Head of Schools

About Mr. Sullivan

Mr. Sullivan reads Blueberries for Sal to a Kindergarten class.
Christian G. Sullivan has served as the Head of Annie Wright Schools since 2010. A native of England, Mr. Sullivan holds a bachelor’s degree in education from University of Durham, a master’s degree in educational management from University of Bath and a master’s degree in independent school leadership from Columbia University.

During his career, Mr. Sullivan has served as an administrator and teacher at independent schools in England, Kenya, Virginia and Connecticut. Mr. Sullivan serves on the board of trustees for the Museum of Glass in Tacoma and the board of governors for the Northwest Association of Independent Schools.

Mr. Sullivan relocated to Tacoma with his wife Lisa, who is Annie Wright's communications director, and two children, Lexy (Class of '17) and Matt (Class of '19) in June of 2010. The Sullivans are avid skiers and outdoors enthusiasts and enjoy all the Pacific Northwest has to offer.


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 boys, starting in Fall 2017, and girls offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School. Learn more at