Annie Wright Schools are nestled on a beautiful campus
in the North End neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington, overlooking the Puget Sound. Shops and restaurants are a short walk away, and the city is near majestic national parks and Mt. Rainier. Tacoma is about 45 minutes south of Seattle and just 30 minutes from Sea-Tac airport.
Rooms and Facilities
Dorm rooms are each unique, comfortable and spacious. Students enjoy shared kitchen facilities, media lounges and study spaces around the dorm. Its location right in our main building makes access to the dining hall, classrooms, library, gym and other campus facilities as easy as walking down the hall.
There are eight residential faculty who supervise and care for the boarders. Dorm parents provide expert tutoring in a variety of subjects, transportation and other logistical services, cultural and recreational trips, leadership training, mentorship and constant support. Most importantly, dorm parents create a culture of warmth, fun, security and belonging.
Boarding prefects are selected in their senior year to work closely with resident staff to build a vibrant and nurturing dorm community. Each prefect is responsible for leading a specific dorm group, by way of facilitating weekly check-ins, planning community-building activities, designing “All-Dorm Fun” programming, and being an active listener, role model and advocate for all resident students.
Residential life offers a wide variety of fun and engaging activities. Examples include:
- ice skating, skiing and snowboarding
- camping, hiking and rock climbing
- museum and city tours
- theater shows and sports events
- sushi making, tie-dying and even a real trapeze class
- spontaneous and planned game nights, movie nights, cookie baking, parties, shopping trips and more
- "All-Dorm Fun” events, organized by the prefects, which have included a Halloween murder mystery, a spring carnival, roller-skating, an evening at a water park and a trip to the Washington State Fair.
In addition to its seven-day boarding program, Annie Wright offers a five-day boarding program to cater to students who live just outside practical, daily commuting range. These students go home after school Fridays and return Sunday evenings, but otherwise are full members of the boarding community and are even invited to stay on campus one weekend a month to take part in the various weekend activities.
NEW IN 2020: Flex Choice Boarding
A Flex Choice student can be on campus, living in the dorms and taking in-person classes up to 100 days (including weekend days) per school year. When they are not on campus, students live at home and take classes via livestream. On-campus requirements exist at the beginning, middle, and end of the year, but the vast majority of days are determined by your family.