If you’re considering a private school for your children while you are stationed at JBLM, Pierce and Thurston Counties offer many options.  Annie Wright was founded 126 years ago on a generous grant from Charles Barstow Wright as a way to “make possible Christian education for the rising generation of daughters of the pioneers.”  Tacoma had just been chosen as the Terminus for the Northern Pacific Railroad Company’s transcontinental line, and was expected to be booming with settlers.

Much has changed at Annie Wright over the past 100 years.  While the school still offers preschool to 12th grade education for girls, they now provide education for boys from preschool to 8th grade as well.  Annie Wright also offers the unique option of Boarding students 5 or 7 days a week.  Students come from all over the world to live at and attend Annie Wright, from countries such as Taiwan, Korea, Japan, China, Germany, Moldova, and Lithuania.

“We toured several local private schools and what influenced our decision the most was the Annie Wright student’s self-assurance.” says local Realtor Garrett Pessemier. “We were impressed by how openly the teachers interacted with their students and liked Annie Wright’s family-orientated atmosphere and their spirit of a global community.”

Garrett’s daughter has been attending Annie Wright for the past 8 years, and he is impressed with the quality of education she has recieved. “We have watched our daughter’s independent drive and character transform over the years.” says Garrett. “She is happy and loves learning. Annie Wright focuses on preparing students for high school and college teaching organizational skills, essay writing, critical thinking and problem solving skills.”

The campus itself is beautiful, located in the Stadium District of Tacoma.  Stadium is one of the oldest parts of the city, located near Tacoma’s Wright Park and the Ruston Way Waterfront.   Tuition at Annie Wright varies by grade and by whether or not the child is living at Annie Wright. Financial Aid is available for students who need it, and parents pay on an upfront, bi-annual, or monthly plan.

Annie Wright is a unique and rigorous private school.  If you’d like to find out more you can visit their website here.  ” “It doesn’t feel like a school at all.” says Garrett’s daughter. “Sometimes it feels like you are going to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School. We have house teams sort of like the ones in Harry Potter where the older students help the younger students. We have house competitions and traditions which are lots of fun.”

 

 

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