School Life

Trips & Retreats

Getting off campus to learn, grow, bond, meet new challenges and experience the wonders of the region and the world is an important element of Annie Wright Upper School's program.
Class Trips
Signature class trips include the 3-day “Rivers and Ridges” trip for Grade 9 students. Taking place in Central Washington, adventures like camping, hiking, and water rafting offer exciting and memorable ways to begin bonding as a class. The Grade 10 Retreat takes place in a lovely setting in Key Peninsula, WA, and deepens class connectivity by making introspection and acceptance central practices.

(s)Elective & (a)Elective Trips
Members of the (s)Elective program travel far and wide, from Alaska to Los Angeles, from San Francisco to New York, not to mention Boston, Washington DC, Arizona, Cuba, Japan, Mexico and Vietnam!  Annie Wright subsidizes a majority of cost for these adventures, based on the student’s demonstrated interest in the (s)Elective field and sustained commitment to the program. Members of the (a)Elective program extend their skills into performance-based festivals and conferences across the region, including travel to Vancouver BC and even San Francisco for National Heritage Festivals for Choir and Orchestra.

International Exchange Program
Study abroad in a 4-6 week reciprocal exchange with another high-school aged student! Partners include schools in Argentina, China, France, New Zealand and Spain.


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 coed 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.