With its new Upper School for Boys, Annie Wright Schools is now enrolling boys for grade 9 in the 2017-2018 school year.
The new program will complement Annie Wright’s current co-ed Lower and Middle schools and all-girls Upper School. It will extend the Annie Wright experience to boys in grades 9-12, with a school based on the Upper School for Girls but with curriculum designed specifically for the ways boys learn.
“This initiative is a natural extension of Annie Wright’s student-centered mission and a tremendous opportunity to serve the South Sound and beyond,” Christian G. Sullivan, head of schools, said in a press release. “While honoring our tradition of excellence in single gender high school education, we are providing a more inclusive approach to the Annie Wright experience.”
The school will open in August with grade 9 and add one grade each subsequent year. Academic classes will be separated by gender, but boys and girls in the Upper School will have opportunities to intersect with social events, arts, and other activities.
Current assistant head of schools Susan Bauska will be the new director of the Upper School for Boys. Annie Wright Schools, and International Baccalaureate World School, was founded in 1884 and serves students from ages 3 through high school. Once the boys’ program is established, Annie Wright will provide the only independent school option for boys near downtown Tacoma and the only boarding opportunity for boys in the South Sound.