Upper School for Boys

5-Day and 7-Day Boarding

Boys who choose to board at Annie Wright enter a long-established and vibrant residential life program with beautiful living facilities and eight residential faculty who are dedicated to each student’s well-being and academic success.

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 Seatac airport.

Rooms and Facilities

The rooms in our recently and beautifully renovated dorm are each unique, comfortable and spacious, with plenty of light. 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.

Dorm Parents

There are eight residential faculty who supervise, care for and support the boarders. All have been, or still are, classroom teachers and provide ready and expert tutoring in a variety of subjects. In addition the dorm parents provide transportation and other logistical services, cultural and recreational trips, leadership training, mentorship and constant support.

Residential life offers a wide variety of fun and engaging activities. Examples include:
  • skiing and snowboarding
  • hiking and rock climbing
  • museum and city tours
  • sports events, movies and plays
  • spontaneous and planned game nights, movie nights, cookie baking, parties and more
The prefects – the dorm’s student leaders – also create and run three annual “All-Dorm Fun” events, 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.

Five-Day Boarding
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.

Contact AWS

Laura Bales
Upper School Admissions Director


List of 8 members.

  • Photo of Jeff Barber

    Jeff Barber 

    Director of Residential Life
  • Photo of Matina Hawkins

    Matina Hawkins 

    Assistant Director of Residential Life
  • Photo of Jill Babb

    Jill Babb 

    Upper School Dorm Parent
  • Photo of Andres Eguiguren

    Mr. Andres Eguiguren 

    Upper School Boys History Teacher & Dorm Parent
  • Photo of Jennifer Haley

    Jennifer Haley 

    Director of Institutional Advancement & Dorm Parent
  • Photo of Joshua Mitchell

    Joshua Mitchell 

    Upper School for Boys Social Studies Teacher & Dorm Parent
  • Photo of Courtney Stowe

    Courtney Stowe 

    Upper School Dorm Parent
  • Photo of Sarah Wenzlick

    Sarah Wenzlick 

    Upper School for Girls Spanish Teacher & Dorm Parent


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.