College Counseling

Annie Wright's experienced college counselors help students find their best fit colleges and offer parents and students advising for the entire college admission process. Beginning with Grade 9, students participate in yearly college planning activities that prepare them for the journey. With the support of the Annie Wright college counseling staff, students transition to their next life chapter with a clearer sense of who they are and what they hope to achieve.

College Counseling - The Process at a Glance

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  • Grade 9: Laying the groundwork for a successful high school experience

    • Select the most challenging courses appropriate to you.
    • Explore extra-curricular activities such as sports teams, school activities or volunteer opportunities outside campus.
    • With guidance and encouragement from faculty, develop a love for reading and writing.
    • Attend annual programs with your parents such as our financial aid night in the fall.
    • Meet with the Director of College Counseling in the spring to discuss curriculum and the opportunities available during summer vacation.
    • Use Naviance Family Connection, an online college counseling tool, to begin researching colleges.
  • Grade 10: Beginning to think seriously about college

    • Continue to focus on appropriately rigorous academics and good study habits.
    • With guidance from faculty, identify and pursue notable activities of interest.
    • Take a practice ACT in the fall and an optional practice SAT in the spring.
    • Take advantage of optional SAT/ACT prep courses offered on campus.
    • With support and encouragement from faculty, get involved in the life of the school and consider opportunities for leadership.
    • Work with the Director of College Counseling to track activities and volunteer hours.
    • With your parents, attend the financial aid night and the sophomore International Baccalaureate and College Counseling night.
    • Meet with your college counselor to discuss course options and ways to maximize your participation at Annie Wright.
    • Meet with the Director of College Counseling to begin reviewing the college application process.
    • Use Naviance Family Connection, an online college counseling tool, to research colleges.
    • With faculty guidance and support, create enrichment opportunities over the summer months.
  • Grade 11: Entering the heart of Annie Wright's college counseling

    • Excel, with faculty guidance and support, at appropriately rigorous academic coursework.
    • Work with your college counselor to determine whether or not to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma, our most rigorous course of study.
    • Strive to obtain leadership roles in notable activities of interest.
    • Take the PSAT in October (scores will be submitted to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for consideration) and a practice ACT in the spring.
    • Work with your college counselor to create a customized plan for improving standardized test scores.
    • Meet with college admissions officers that visit campus in the fall. Some 75 colleges and universities visit the Annie Wright campus to meet with our students. Another 120 schools attended our independent school fall fair hosted in conjunction with Charles Wright Academy.
    • Attend our annual financial aid night and additional college fairs with your parents.
    • Together with your parents, meet with your college counselor to create a schedule for visiting college campuses.
    • Update your activity resume.
    • Use the Naviance Family Connection website to continue to research colleges and shape an application list.
    • Participate in a 2-day case study and panel event with visiting college admission deans (this event is co-hosted with Charles Wright Academy).
    • After a two-week essay-writing workshop in English class, write multiple college essay drafts before leaving for summer break.
    • Visit several college campuses and attend information sessions during a multi-day trip with the junior class.
    • With the help of your college counselor, identify teachers for letters of recommendation, work through NCAA eligibility questions, shape a tentative list of schools and explore summer enrichment opportunities.
    • Register for SAT and ACT exams in the spring.
  • Grade 12: Choosing a college

    • Continue academically rigorous coursework and leadership roles in activities of interest.
    • Register to take your final SAT and/or ACT exam.
    • Meet with your college counselor to finalize their application list and review appropriate deadlines.
    • Meet with an assigned essay advisor to fine-tune application essays.
    • Meet with your counselor in mid-October for a final Common Application review.
    • Meet with college admissions officers that visit campus in the fall. Some 75 colleges and universities visit the Annie Wright campus to meet with our students.  Another 120 schools attended our independent school fall fair hosted in conjunction with Charles Wright Academy.
    • Work with your college counselor to target specific schools.
    • Attend our annual financial aid night with your parents.
    • Work with your college counselor to determine which schools to visit.
    • The college counselor will work with teachers and students to make sure all recommendation letters and applications materials are submitted on time.

Recent College Acceptances

The graduating classes of 2010-2017 were accepted to the colleges listed below. 100% of Annie Wright students applying to US colleges were accepted into four-year schools.

Colleges and Universities:

Agnes Scott College
Albright University
American University
Arizona State University
Augustana College
Babson College
Barnard College
Bellevue College
Bentley University
Binghamtom University
Biola University
Boise State University
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Bryant University
Bryn Mawr College
California Institute of Technology
California Lutheran University
California Polytechnic State University
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Northridge
Canisius College
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve
Catholic University of America
Central Washington University
Chapman University
Claremont McKenna College
Clarkson College
College of Charleston
College of the Holy Cross
College of William and Mary
Colorado Christian University
Colorado School of Mines
Columbia University
Concordia College
Concordia University
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Dickinson College
Dominican College
Drexel University
Eastern Washington University
Elon University
Emerson College
Emory University
Eugene Lang University
Evergreen State College
Fairfield University
Fordham University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Tech University
Gettysburg College
Gonzaga University
Gordon College
Grinnel College
Hamilton College
Hamline University
Harvard University
Hillsdale College
Hobart and William Smith College
Holy Cross College
Howard University
Illinois State University
Imperial College, London
Indiana University
Iowa State University
Johns Hoptins University
Kenyon College
Kings College, London
Lafayette College
Lake Forest College
Lawrence University
Lehigh University
Les Roches International School
Lewis and Clark College
Linfield College
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola Univesity, Chicago
Loyola University of Maryland
Lynn University
Malacaster College
Manhattanville College
Maryville College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McDaniel College
Menlo Business College
Merchant Marine Academy
Mercyhurst University
Michigan State University
Middlebury College
Mills College
Montana State University
Mount Holyoke College
Mount St. Mary's College
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwest Nazarene University
Northwestern University
Occidental College
Ohio State University
Oregon State University
Otis College
Oxford College of Emory University
Pacific Lutheran University
Pacific University
Penn State
Pepperdine University
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Princeton University
Providence College
Purdue University
Randolph-Macon College
Reed College
Rensselaer Polytechnic University
Rice University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rocky Mountain College
Roosevelt College
Rutgers University
Saint Martins College
Saint Mary's College, LA
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
San Jose State University
Santa Clara University
Sarah Lawrence College
Scripps College
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
Siena College
Simmons College
Smith College
St. Andrews University, Scotland
St. John's University
St. Olaf College
Stanford University
State University of New York, Albany
State University of New York, Binghamton
State University of New York, Oneonta
State University of New York, Stonybrook
Sweet Briar College
Syracuse University
Texas Christian University
Tufts University
Tulane University
Union College
United States Military Academy
United States Naval Academy
University College, London
University of Alberta
University of Auckland, NZ
University of British Columbia
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Chicago
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Colorado, Denver
University of Connecticut
University of Dallas
University of Guadalajara
University of Idaho
University of Illinois, Chicago
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Kent, Canterbury
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Montana
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of New Mexico
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Northern Colorado
University of Notre Dame
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Portland
University of Puget Sound
University of Redlands
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of South Florida
University of Texas
University of Toronto
University of Washington
University of Washington, Bothell
University of Washington, Tacoma
University of Wisconsin
Utah State University
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Wake Forest University
Washington State University
Washington University, St. Louis
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Western Washington University
Whitman College
Whittier College
Whitworth University
Willamette University
Williams College
Xavier College
Yale University

Art Schools
American Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts
Art Center College of Design
Art Center College of Design (Transportation)
California College of the Arts
Columbia College, Chicago
Cornish College of the Arts
London College of Fashion
Maryland Institute College of Art
Otis College of Art and Design
Parsons the New School of Design
Rhode Island School of Design
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis
San Francisco Art Institute
Savannah College of the Arts
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of the Museum of Fine Arts
School of Visual Arts


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.