Upper School for Girls

Activities Program

Annie Wright Upper School students can choose from a variety of intensive after-school activities, called (s)Electives, that meet for four hours each week. The (s)Electives offer extraordinary opportunities to pursue passions, take risks, work both independently and collaboratively, develop strong relationships, bolster skills and have fun. Two essential components are the hallmark of each (s)Elective: a community engagement project and an opportunity to travel to experience a deep-dive into passions, perspectives and skills. Trips have ranged from conferences in Seattle to camping trips to Oregon to meetings in New York & Boston to expeditions to Cuba & Vietnam.

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  • Annie Writers

    Develop creative writing skills, participate in workshops with professional authors, attend festivals and write short plays for theatre students to perform.
  • Band

    Perform contemporary music from a variety of genres, learn music theory and develop songwriting, improvisation and business skills.
  • Chorus

    Sing! Expand your range, learn to read music and develop your rhythmic skills. A variety of performances take place throughout the year on and off campus.
  • Global Action/Model United Nations

    Increase your political awareness and activism. The group participates in Model UN conferences and engage in global issues from women’s rights, to immigration, to environmental challenges.
  • Inkwell (journalism)

    Gain a solid foundation in multimedia journalism including online, print and podcasting. Your published stories will wow potential colleges or employers. Interact with professional journalists, photographers and graphic designers working in the field. 
  • Orchestra

    Develop musical skills including instrumental technique, note reading, ensemble sense and performance confidence. Cover a wide range of styles and time periods and perform throughout the year.
  • Robotics

    Design, build and program robots. Organize community outreach events to solve real world problems and inspire the next generation of students.
  • Science Team

    Learn how to observe and investigate the world through various activities in teams and as individuals. Explore, design and conduct experiments. Participate in the Science Fair annual camping trip.
  • Student Life & Governance

    Associated Student Body leaders engage in strategic thinking, planning, communicating and representing their peers to the school administration. Explore governance and policymaking and plan exciting events throughout the year. 
  • Theatre 360

    Delve into performance, theatrical design, directing & stage management, and technical arts. This combined group of actors and theatre technicians will look at many facets of dramatic storytelling: physical & vocal expression, character analysis, costuming, staging and technical design.
  • Visual Arts Studio

    Gain advanced skills in a number of different media with regular visits by working artists and trips to museums and galleries. Create and exhibit works throughout the year.
    • The Global Action/Model United Nations team visited Cuba, where they immersed themselves in local culture, from studying Cuban politics to taking Flamenco lessons.

      The Global Action/Model United Nations team visited Cuba, where they immersed themselves in local culture, from studying Cuban politics to taking Flamenco lessons.

Student-run clubs

In addition to (s)Electives, student-run clubs develop organically throughout the year. These have recently included dance team, badminton, black student union, debate, GSA, coding, nature, STEM and a number of cultural appreciation clubs.


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.