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.

Class of 2016 Graduates from Charles Wright Academy

June 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Tacoma, Wash. – The Class of 2016 graduated from Charles Wright Academy on Saturday, June 11, in an outdoor commencement ceremony on the lawn between the Lower School and the Upper School on a warm and sunny evening. Seventy seniors received their diplomas, each from a faculty member whom they personally requested to present the honor. […]

Creighton King Wins 2016 Inspirational Faculty Award

June 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Each year the Parent Association solicits Inspirational Faculty Award nominations from students, families, alumni, and faculty for an award to acknowledge the unique qualities of an individual teacher that inspire students to learn, families to cherish their child’s experience, alumni to reflect on their CWA days, and faculty to continue to strive to maintain their high standards both in and out of the classroom. […]

The Physics of Rock and Roll: Students Build Cigar-Box Guitars

June 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Upper School physics and astronomy teacher Dan Wicklund shares an update from the classroom—outlining a cigar-box guitar science project.  […]

Inkblots: The 2016 Lit Mag Goes Down the Rabbit Hole

May 16th, 2016|0 Comments

The 2015-16 edition of the Charles Wright Academy literary magazine (or “lit mag”), Inkblots, was published in early May. Below, editor Viola Michlitsch-Rambo ’18 describes the process behind curating and publishing this longstanding Tarrier publication.

The lit mag has been published annually under the name Inkblots for 18 years. Students can join the lit mag staff as part of a club rather than a class. We convene as a staff every Friday morning during clubs period to discuss our ideas for themes and tally scoresheets. […]

“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