Charles Wright Academy

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Admissions: 253.620.8373
Lower School: 253.620.8800
Middle School: 253.620.8400
Upper School: 253.620.8300
Charles Wright Academy
7723 Chambers Creek Road West 
Tacoma, WA 98467
admissions@charleswright.org

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Academics

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At Charles Wright, you can expect more time and attention in small classes, more challenges and support, more trust and respect between teachers and students, and more prep for college and life.

Four years of English are required of all Charles Wright students. Three years are required in math, science, and history, though most students will take four years of each subject. We offer 14 Advanced Placement courses each year. We also believe that athletics and arts are an absolute must. There are 21 arts classes in our course catalog, and we field 15 varsity sports teams. View our Upper School Faculty and Courses to learn more about the four year course sequences taken by Charles Wright students, along with our graduation requirements.

Our teachers are exceptionally qualified and highly trained, both in the subjects they teach and in the art of instruction. 61% of our teachers hold a graduate degree, with 4 teachers holding doctorates in their fields. They choose to teach here precisely because they are the sort of mentors and guides who aren’t content to simply stand in front of a class and recite facts. They want the opportunity to know their students inside and out, the flexibility to be innovative with their teaching, and the responsibility for the success of their students’ education.

SAT Scores: Charles Wright students earn high scores on the SAT college entrance exam. CWA’s average SAT scores for the Class of 2015 were 628 in critical reading, 664 in math, and 640 in writing, matching or beating—in most cases by a significant margin—the average scores for Washington’s public schools, Washington’s religiously affiliated schools, Washington’s other independent schools, and the nation. Over the past five years, the middle 50 percent of Charles Wright students have scored between 550 and 680 on critical reading and between 560 and 710 on math.

PSAT Scores: In the fall of their junior year, college-bound students across the country take the PSAT to prepare for the SAT. Based on their scores, they also may qualify for recognition by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. All Charles Wright sophomores also take the test for extra practice. Eight members of the Class of 2015 were named National Merit Commended students, an honor reserved for those who score in the top five percent of test takers, and three were named National Merit Semifinalists after earning scores in the top one percent of test takers.

AP Scores: Advanced Placement classes are among the most challenging course taught at Charles Wright. Students take cumulative exams in May on the college-level curriculum of each of their AP courses. In 2015, a total of 80 Charles Wright students, members of the Classes of 2014 and 2015, were honored with AP Scholar Awards for high scores on multiple tests. 82% of CWA students who took AP exams in 2015 scored a three or higher (graded on a scale of one through five), and 76% of students who took the AP Calculus exams in 2015 scored a five. Colleges consider a grade of three or higher a “passing grade of C or better” in an equivalent college course, and many universities award college credit to students who do well on AP exams during high school.