Annie Wright Upper School students may choose from a variety of activities, all offering extraordinary opportunities to pursue passions, take risks, work both independently and collaboratively, develop strong relationships, bolster skills and have fun. Some activities are all-girls, while a few are also offered to Upper School boys.
Here's a snapshot of the activities we currently offer for girls in Grades 9-12:

Annie Writers (girls & boys)

Develop writing skills and experiment with a variety of genres. Gain valuable personal feedback on writing from published writers, poets and playwrights. Attend writing panels and festivals in the Puget Sound and write short plays for the Masque Players to perform in the spring.

Band (girls & boys)
Students perform contemporary music from rock, blues, jazz, to modern popular music in mixed ensembles open to guitar, drums, voice, keyboards, and select brass, winds, and strings. By applying music theory knowledge in real-time situations, students will develop songwriting and improvisation skills. As a project-based class, there's a focus on music production and business.

Engage and interact with the business world through design challenges, guest speakers, field trips and business plan competitions. Gain experience in decision making, planning, entrepreneurship and teamwork, while exploring personal interests in the business world. Social ventures, mature corporations, start-ups and non-profits are used as case studies to explore real issues businesses face and discover different ways to address and solve them. If you wish to take this a step further, check out our signature Girls' Busines & Entrepreneurship Program.

Chorus (boys & girls)
Develop vocal and musical skills through singing a variety of challenging music written for Treble Voices. Members learn to expand their range, learn proper vowel pronunciation as it applies to singing, note reading and rhythmic skills. A variety of performances take place throughout the year on and off campus, including region wide festivals locally and in Vancouver, BC. 

Community Service Leadership
Identify the community's needs and how to make a meaningful impact through service. Annie's Angels has recently worked with Habitat for Humanity, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, Pierce County Juvenile Court, Humane Society and American Cancer Society.

Global Action/Model United Nations
Emphasizes political awareness and student-led activism. The group will prepare for at least one Model U.N. conference, representing an assigned country at a competitive forum in Seattle. Apart from Model U.N., the year focuses on empowering students to research and engage in global issues, from women’s rights, to immigration, to environmental challenges.

Inkwell (student newspaper)
Gain a solid foundation in multimedia journalism and get published work to wow potential colleges or employers. Highlights include the national journalism conference in the spring, community service to help younger kids make their own newspaper, and interaction with professional journalists, photographers and graphic designers working in the field. 

Orchestra (boys & girls)
Develop musical skills including instrumental technique, note reading, ensemble sense and performance confidence. Cover a wide range of styles and time periods while they explore the music they play in more depth. 

Design, build, and program a robot. Organize community outreach events to inspire the next generation of students to pursue the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Science Team
Learn how to observe and investigate the world through various activities in teams and as individuals. Become fluent in the language of science. Explore, design and conduct experiments. Participate in the Science Fair and the Regional Science Camping Trip.

Student Life & Governance
This one is for the planners, communicators, strategic thinkers, and Gator enthusiasts. Collaborate with the Associated Student Body to plan and deliver fun, memorable events (Murder Mystery, Casino Night, dances, and more!). Components of governance and policymaking are also explored.

Theatre360 (boys & girls)
Delve into performance, theatrical design, directing & stage management, and technical arts. This combined group will look at many facets of dramatic storytelling: physical and vocal expression; character analysis, subtext, and symbolism; visual representations of character and setting (costume and scenic elements); design concepts, staging, and technical design / supports.

Visual Arts Studio (boys & girls)
Gain advanced skills in a number of different mediums with regular visits by working artists and trips to museums and galleries, ensuring students have a broader understanding of art.  

Art School Prep:
 A program within Arts Studio for any junior or senior considering art school. Develop an individual game plan for building a solid portfolio. You will be supported during the entire process, building skills, making art, choosing work for the portfolio, documenting work, writing essays, applications and selecting schools. 

Yearbook focuses on teamwork, responsibility, brainstorming, content, coverage, concept, reporting, writing, headlines, captions, editing, photography, typography, design, graphics, finances, yearbook campaigns, advertising and distribution. Unique experiences include visiting with a magazine publisher, printing presses, photographers, graphic designers and a spring trip to the JEA national convention in Seattle.

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    • The yearbook team created this award-winning commercial for the 2013 Annie Wright Schools yearbook.


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.