Upper School for Girls

Girls’ Business & Entrepreneurship

Inside and outside of the classroom, Annie Wright's Girls' Business & Entrepreneurship Program will help you delve deeper into your own passion as you explore the many facets of business, including entrepreneurship, human resources, personal and organizational finance, marketing, operations and business strategy. 

The program comprises three business courses and a comprehensive advisory and mentorship component. Class time offers design challenges, guest speakers, field trips, lectures, case studies and more as students explore business concepts and develop presentation and leadership skills.
Outside of the classroom GBEP students develop a personal portfolio, design a path to accomplish their goals and secure an internship or externship during their senior year. Students also travel far afield to learn from experts at top companies in multiple fields.

Program Courses

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  • Business Fundamentals & Personal Finance

    Through simulations, case studies and field trips, this class introduces foundational business concepts and personal finance and budgeting, while practicing presentation and communication skills. 
  • IB Business

    This two-year course provides a comprehensive overview of the business environment and the way in which individuals and groups interact in the global workplace. Topics studied include: human resources, finance and accounting, marketing, operations and business strategy. 
  • Advisory Program

    Working in tandem with AWS’s grade-level advisory program, Mrs. Bush will serve as the advisor for the GBEP cohort, helping frame IB Creativity Action Service activities and Extended Essays as well as personal impact projects within the business framework. 
    • Business students visit the Gates Foundation in Seattle.

      Business students visit the Gates Foundation in Seattle.

Admission Criteria

Meet Sandra Bush

Girls' Business & Entrepreneurship Program Director Sandra Forero Bush joined Annie Wright Schools in 2010. After earning her BA in international relations and Portuguese and Brazilian studies from Brown University and her MA in international management and public policy from the University of California San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy, she worked for the Inter-American Dialogue, a US/Latin America non-profit in Washington DC. She moved to Tacoma and worked for Russell for a total of 16 years in several capacities, the last five years of which were during her tenure at AWS as part-time Business teacher. During this time, she also served as Chief Operating Officer of the World Trade Center Tacoma. Sandra enjoys the ability to bring her work experience into the classroom, giving life to the theories discussed in class and making the business world understandable and real for the students.


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.