Upper School for Girls

5-Day & 7-Day Boarding

Girls from around the state, country and world love to live and learn at Annie Wright Upper School, where they develop deep friendships that last a lifetime. Boarding at Annie Wright is fun, safe and educational and a lot like living in a giant family of sisters. Our community makes up around half of the Upper School population, and the eight full-time residential faculty – dorm parents – are dedicated to each girl’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 Sea-Tac airport.

Rooms and Facilities
The rooms in our recently and beautifully renovated dorm 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.

Dorm Parents
There are eight full-time 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:
  • 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
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

Maddy Mancuso
Admissions Associate


List of 8 members.

  • Photo of Jeff Barber

    Jeff Barber 

    Director of Residential Life
  • Photo of Matina Hawkins

    Matina Hawkins 

    Upper School for Girls Dorm Parent
  • Photo of Krista Keithly

    Krista Keithly 

    Assistant Director of Residential Life
  • Photo of Joshua Mitchell

    Joshua Mitchell 

    Upper School for Boys Social Studies Teacher & Dorm Parent
  • Photo of Charlotte Scott

    Charlotte Scott 

    Upper School Dorm Parent
  • Photo of Courtney Stowe

    Courtney Stowe 

    Upper School Dorm Parent
  • Photo of Jeremy Stubbs

    Jeremy Stubbs 

    Upper School for Boys Dean of Students, Math & Science Teacher, and 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 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.