Charles Wright Academy

5.00 5 1 (6 reviews)
7723 Chambers Creek Rd W University Place
University Place, WA 98467
Charles Wright Academy Photo #1 - ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: Our graduating seniors consistently place in the top 10% of Washington state students and matriculate to top colleges and universities. A strong college counseling program, academic challenge, access to advanced work, a developmentally appropriate progression of skills, and a commitment to service-learning ensure our students are prepared for college and for life.
Charles Wright Academy Photo #2 - Charles Wright Academy's Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School are home to more than 660 students from age 3 to 12th grade. All three schools are situated on a beautiful, wooded 107-acre campus in University Place.
Charles Wright Academy Photo #3 - STUDENTS ARE NURTURED AND CHALLENGED: Small class sizes and strong teacher/student relationships mean students are challenged to work hard while being supported every step of the way. We offer differentiated instruction, a strong advisory program, social-emotional learning, counseling support, and learning support in all three of our schools.
Charles Wright Academy Photo #4 - A BREADTH OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS: Our liberal arts curriculum allows students to discover their passions and includes competitive athletics, performing and visual arts, academic electives, student clubs, after school enrichment, technology, robotics, and maker spaces.
Charles Wright Academy Photo #5 - A WELCOMING, INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY: CWA welcomes families into a warm and vibrant community of lifelong learners. As an independent, nonsectarian school, we are committed to the values of excellence, compassion, integrity, and respect, perseverance.
Charles Wright Academy Photo #6 - LEARNING INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM: Beginning in Lower School, students study at Mt. Rainier, the Elwha Dam, and later travel to Colonial Williamsburg. Middle and Upper School students hike the Olympic coast, attend the Ashland Shakespeare Festival, and have opportunities to travel internationally. CWA creates lifelong friendships by welcoming international students to our annual Global Summit.
Charles Wright Academy Photo #7 - We offer extensive bus service from surrounding communities, including Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Auburn, Puyallup, DuPont, and Olympia.
CWA is an independent school committed to active, joyful learning on a beautiful 107-acre campus in Tacoma. Students in Preschool Grade 12 are nurtured and challenged to develop the character, creativity, and skills to successfully navigate the future with confidence.
CWA is a respectful, inclusive, and supportive community of teachers and students who love to learn and value integrity, respect, compassion, perseverance, and excellence. At CWA, active, experiential, and joyful learning includes art, music, science, language, and athletics for all students. Small classes are led by talented and caring faculty offering academic challenge and support at every stage. Students grow as real-world problem solvers and innovators to thrive in the 21st century.
Extensive bus service is available from surrounding communities, including Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Auburn, Puyallup, DuPont, and Olympia.   We welcome you to schedule a personal tour!

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Charles Wright Academy places among the top 20% of private schools in Washington for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1957

Student Body

Total Students669 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 24%
Students by Grade Charles Wright Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers88 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
Number of AP Courses16 courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Lower School students wear uniforms.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$27,590
Tuition NotesPreschool: $19,200 Jr. K: $20,460 K-Grade 5: $24,450 Grades 6-8: $26,700 Grades 9-12: $27,590
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$12,250
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorMaryanna Phipps
Admissions AssociateBrooke Judge


Total Sports Offered12 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFootball,
TennisTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Community Service Club, Green Key Club, International Club, Knitting Club, Knowledge Bowl, Theatre Guild

School Notes

  • Step into our classrooms and you'll feel a sense of excitement, discovery, and innovation. Watch as lifelong learning habits and study skills are honed. Hear passionate, versatile students engage in independent thought and original expression. It's all possible in small classes with teachers who are specialists in their fields and given the time to work with each and every student.
  • We offer the broadest and deepest learning experience and the support to meet higher expectations. In our classes, you'll hear as much laughter as lecturing. You'll see that college prep means building skills and confidence, not just knowledge. Even for our youngest students, we believe world languages, science labs, athletics, and arts are an absolute must.
  • A child's heart and mind grow dramatically between ages 3 and 18, and our teachers are highly invested in that growth. We know students work harder for people about whom they care and in whom they trust. That's why our teachers earn their students' respect-by being trustworthy and always available.
  • While virtually 100 percent of our students are college-bound, a college degree is not where the journey ends. This is a challenging, rewarding, and joyous training for life! Our students earn top scores on the SAT and are accepted by the most selective schools, but we're proud that the schools they choose are as diverse as our students themselves.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
What I love about the school is that I know my kids love going to CWA!! They have a very well-rounded program, small class sizes and highly qualified teachers!!! The outdoor education program is engaging, educational and age appropriate throughout all grades. Best decision we ever made was to enroll the kids at this school!
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Charles Wright exceeds my expectations! It is our ninth year at the school and this should speak volumes as to how much we love it there. The teachers are highly qualified and actively engaged. The community of the school is warm and welcoming with many ways to be involved. The grounds are gorgeous and one can always find students outside in classes or in sports. I can't imagine a better school for my children.
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Our experience at CWA has been wonderful. The quality of education, leadership, communication, and more has exceeded our expectations, and we look forward to a long relationship with the school extending through high school for both our children.
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Charles Wright has been the perfect place for my child. She is able to be challenged academically and thrive socially. She is in the lower school and there is a great sense of community there. I highly recommend Charles Wright Academy!
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We absolutely recommend Charles Wright Academy!! Our child's experience has been great! We feel he receives great education and support.
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Our son has been going to this school since kindergarten. We love it! He is in 7th grade now and so so happy.
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The average private school tuition in Washington is $10,685 for elementary schools and $13,039 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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