Charles Wright Academy

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Tel: (253)620-8373
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Charles Wright Academy's Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School are home to more than 650 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade—all on one campus.
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Charles Wright Academy's Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School are home to more than 650 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade—all on one campus.
  • Charles Wright Academy is a private independent day school for college-bound girls and boys from pre-kindergarten to the 12th grade, with an elementary school, middle school, and high school all on one campus.
  • We are a diverse and inclusive learning community using the power of academic rigor, endless inspiration, and high expectations to help students reach their intellectual, artistic, and athletic best.
  • The school's 100-acre campus is located in Tacoma, and we offer extensive bus service from Silverdale, Des Moines, Puyallup, and Olympia.

School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1957

Student Body

Total Students689 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
49%
State avg.: 27%
Students by GradeCharles Wright Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers84 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
61%
Average Class Size16 students
Number of AP Courses13 courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Lower School students wear uniforms.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$16,960
Tuition NotesPre-K�$16,960; K-grade 5�$20,260; grades 6-8�$22,130; grades 9-12�$22,870. Need-based financial aid available.
Acceptance Rate
65%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorCheryl Miller
Admissions AssociateErica Freund

Sports

Total Sports Offered11 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFootball,
GolfSoccer,
SoftballTennis,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

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

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 4 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 100 percent of our students are college bound, a college degree is not where the journey ends. This is 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 the schools they choose are as diverse as our students themselves.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
5  5/4/2016
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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5  5/4/2016
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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5  9/18/2014
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 $9,232 for elementary schools and $11,836 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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