Charles Wright is big enough to offer the full high school experience and small enough for you to be part of everything.
Outdoor Education: Every fall our teachers lead the sophomore class on four-night backpacking and kayaking trips. Through a well-planned experiential outdoors program, the faculty aim to develop positive lifetime values and skills in our students. We want the students to gain an appreciation of themselves through the outdoors. It is also our intention that students will develop profound and rewarding relationships with classmates and faculty. We want to promote curiosity, observation, and understanding of natural systems, while encouraging an attitude of concern and informed awareness about the environment. Learn more about this annual experiential education tradition here.
Winterim: Every winter we spend a week exploring themes and activities outside the traditional classroom experience. Students might learn glassblowing or travel to Latin America, volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club or tour Civil War battlefields, learn to fly-fish or hike in the Southwest.
Activities: CWA has one of the best Knowledge Bowl teams in the state, and our National History Day scholars win state and national titles. We travel to Model UN conferences and produce an award-winning yearbook and literary magazine. Each year students produce a fall play, a winter play or musical, and a spring One Acts Festival.
Student Leadership: Every student can play a leadership role in an elected office or by organizing a club—everything from the Whistling Club to the Outdoor Club, from the Gay-Straight Alliance to the Global Outreach Team that supports international humanitarian projects.
Global Exchanges: CWA hosts a Global Teen Summit—last year delegations came from Poland, the U.K., China, and Colombia—and sends students to the annual Holocaust Remembrance Week in Poland. Homestays abroad and hosting international guests let students experience and share cultures. In addition to welcoming Global Teen Summit attendees and international students, Charles Wright families often host international students visiting for a few weeks at a time during the school year or over the summer. Winterim trips and summer language trips are also offered. In recent years, students have visited France, Spain, Japan, UAE, Italy, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Turkey, Poland, and Zambia.