Upper School for Boys

Celebrating Boys

Annie Wright’s student-centered mission puts strong relationships with teachers and best practices in inquiry-based learning at the heart of all we do from Preschool to Grade 12. Within this culture teachers also recognize that boys and girls often learn differently, and they celebrate each boy's unique strengths and learning style.

These best practices for teaching boys are central to our program:
  • Fostering a culture of collaboration and ethical leadership
  • Focusing on college readiness, including organizational skills and follow-through
  • Embracing humor, games, teamwork and healthy competition
  • Incorporating a variety of literary genres that inspire a lifelong love of reading
  • Designing learning spaces that accommodate hands-on learning, movement and noise, and embracing this culture
  • Encouraging empathy, compassion and respect for themselves, each other and female peers

Resources about Educating Boys

This piece from the International Boys' School Coalition describes how schools for boys help them both excel in academics and grow into men of integrity and empathy.

As part of their Character, Leadership & Healthy Lifestyles curriculum, Annie Wright Schools are partnering with A CALL TO MEN to deliver the LIVERESPECT program, which educates boys on healthy and respectful manhood.


The articles "How to Raise a Feminist Son" and "Talking to Boys the Way We Talk to Girls" explore how to defy gender stereotypes and encourage cooperation, empathy and emotional expression in boys.

"We give him constant activity and then time to recharge. We give him experiential learning through games and tasks. We give him work. We expect him to take up a lot of space in his gangly experiments with life, and we teach him, through task, work, game, activity, and experience how to use that space. Above all, we give him mentoring and supervision that respects and teaches his gifts..."

-Michael Gurian,
The Wonder of Boys: What Parents, Mentors & Educators Can Do to Shape Boys into Exceptional Men.
Gurian recently presented on how boys and girls learn differently as part of Annie Wright Schools’ speaker series.


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.