Charles Wright Academy is a Tacoma private school serving girls and boys from junior kindergarten (full-day pre-k) to grade 12. As an independent day school with an elementary school, a middle school, and a high school on one campus, our supportive learning environment offers differentiated learning so students of all ages receive just the right level of challenge. A Charles Wright education features small classes, excellent faculty, and a safe campus where children can develop academic, artistic, and athletic skills in preparation for college and life.

Request More InfoRequest More Infosmall-crest-blockCharles Wright Academy provides a rigorous liberal arts program guided by an ethos of excellence and compassion. Within a diverse learning community, we foster self-reliance, integrity, social responsibility, and humor, empowering our students to achieve their personal best in mind, body, and spirit.

This campus tour video was filmed by Charles Wright Academy student Josh Clemons ’15 and alumnus Zach Zimmerman ’10 during Josh’s senior internship, the capstone project for Upper Schoolers with the CWA college counseling office.

Tarriers Compete at State National History Day Competition

April 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Four Charles Wright Academy ninth graders competed at the Washington state National History Day competition on Saturday, April 23, at Green River Community College in Auburn. […]

US Athletics Update: Week of April 18

April 21st, 2016|0 Comments


4/14 Charles Wright @ Cascade Christian
CWA-5 Cascade Christian- 0

1. Singles: Alexis Schorno (CWA) def. Dani Tang 6-0, 6-1
2. Singles: Forfeit by Cascade Christian

1. Doubles: Mei Ge/Meera Patel(CWA) def. Cooksley/Jung 6-2, 6-1
2. Doubles: Laney Schorno/Maria Gonzalez(CWA) […]

Screenagers: Screen Time and Health for Teens and Tweens

April 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Charles Wright Academy’s Academic Technology Coordinator Holly Gerla and Lower School Learning Specialist Mary Beth Cole—who also serves as the leader of the Pierce County CHADD chapter—help us wade through research on the evolving world of technology, screen time, and health for teens and tweens ahead of a May 18 screening of the documentary Screenagers at CWA. To learn more about this free event, please click here.  

The intersection of technology and attention disorders is quite complicated, especially if you have read recent headlines like, Is the Internet Giving Us All ADHD? (Washington Post, March 2015) juxtaposed with other offerings claiming Technology Makes ADHD Better, Not Worse (Forbes, June 2015). How are we to make sense of all of this? […]

Lower Schoolers Celebrate Earth Day and Poem In Your Pocket Day

April 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

CWA Lower School students worked in multi-grade groups to create a community poem in celebration of Poem In Your Pocket Day and Earth Day. Third grade teacher Carie Olsen recited their work at Town Meeting today! Check out the original “Who is Mother Nature” poem and see how it inspired students to create their own vision of Mother Nature. […]

“Charles Wright has taught me how to use my time wisely, especially when it is limited, and how to prioritize. The teachers are supportive if you have activities at school or outside, such as sports or concerts. If you communicate with your teachers beforehand, they will work with you so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by work.”
Andrew '15