We’re excited you’re considering a Charles Wright education for your child. You share the belief with Charles Wright families that the greatest investment you can make is in your child’s education. We will honor that investment by inspiring your child to achieve their personal best in mind, body, and spirit. Along with the current tuition rates below, read on to learn more about the Charles Wright financial aid process.

Affording an Independent School Education
Join us on Saturday, January 7 for an affordability workshop with our Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Steve Saalfeld. Learn more about how families value and afford their child’s independent school education here at Charles Wright Academy, and the steps that you can take as a family in our financial aid process. You can register for free event tickets here.

CWA Tuition for 2016-2017 

Junior kindergarten (full-day pre-k) $18,630
Kindergarten through grade 5 $22,260
Grades 6-8 $24,310
Grades 9-12 $25,120

Families can pay for tuition utilizing a tuition payment plan. Our plans provide options for paying tuition in one, three, or nine payments over the course of the academic year.

Financial Aid
If your family is new to the financial aid process, we encourage you to learn more about Affording Independent School through the National Association of Independent Schools. You’ll find helpful information about applying for aid, including three financial aid case studies under the ‘Applying for Aid’ tab.

One of every three CWA students receives financial assistance—more than $2.1 million was awarded in 2016-2017 alone. Our Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions will help get you started. Families applying for aid will also need to submit the IRS form 4506-T.Our priority deadlines:

  • February 1: Submit the SSS by NAIS online (Charles Wright Academy school code: 2314)
  • March 1: Submit all requested tax forms online, by email, or in person

Pacific Northwest Upper School Tuition Comparison
What is the cost of attendance at other Pacific Northwest independent schools? Here are some examples of 2016-17 tuition costs at peer institutions outside of the South Sound area:

The Northwest School $33,665
The Bush School $32,290
Lakeside School $32,000
University Prep School $32,750
Seattle Academy $32,382
Oregon Episcopal $30,700
The Catlin Gabel School $29,640


Additional Costs
CWA offers bus service as well as breakfast, lunch, and after school snack—all for an additional charge. We do not charge a standard technology fee or sports fee. Other costs may include books, special trips, sports equipment, and musical instruments—some of which can be covered by financial aid for families who qualify.

Lower School offers enrichment programs and clubs after school, as well as after care for students age 5 and older, at an additional cost. Middle School after care is included with tuition.