Early Childhood at Annie Wright

A World Class Independent School with Year-Round Coverage

Preschool and Prekindergarten include year-round programming and before- and after-school care at no additional charge. Contact Day School Admissions Director Joy Phelps by email or phone at 253.284.8602 to learn more.
Our Early Childhood Program provides the building blocks for learning core academic skills in reading, writing and math. At the same time, these young learners play…a lot. That’s because our teachers know that three and four-year-olds learn best through imaginative, creative play that develops out of and expands each child’s own natural curiosity. We never forget that early childhood is a magical time of individual growth, discovery and development.  So play—structured and unstructured—lies at the heart of all we do.

Our Early Childhood Program Offers:
  • Maximum class size of 16, with two teachers
  • A five-day program with mornings only option
  • Before and after school care and year-round program at no additional cost
  • An inquiry- and play-based International Baccalaureate PYP curriculum

Program Highlights Include:

Spanish • Swimming • Lab science • Art • Library • Physical Education and more
A Wider School Community
As part of the Annie Wright Schools community, three- and four-year-olds have access to expansive play areas, a variety of learning materials and equipment, musical instruments, an on-site swimming pool, the latest educational technology and more. These young learners also have opportunities to connect with older students and teachers from all divisions. Annie Wright values that children are best understood in the context of family, culture and society, and community-building is an important part of our program.
Play with Purpose
Our Early Childhood Program provides a play-based environment where children make decisions, take appropriate risks, ask questions, and respect their learning time together.  
Individualized Approach
Teachers carefully construct learning opportunities to meet individual needs, offering a variety of activities and materials. The program engages eager and motivated children and honors and cultivates the individual journey of each child. 
Cultivating children’s natural curiosity and creativity, teachers design investigations that foster joy in learning and an internally motivated drive to engage with the world around them and explore foundational academic skills.


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.