First grade field trips: Point Defiance Zoo, a Puget Sound beach, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, and Seattle Children’s Theater.
Second grade field trips: Seattle Children’s Theater and/or Tacoma Musical Playhouse, a traditional Chinese lunch, Port of Tacoma, Pacific Science Center, and Washington State History Museum.
Third grade field trips: Mount Rainier National Park, University of Washington’s Pack Forest, University Place’s Kobayashi Park, tree planting or salmon carcass toss with the Nisqually Tribe, Alder Dam, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Job Carr Cabin, Ohop Pioneer Farm, and Nisqually Reach Nature Center.
Fourth grade field trips: Monthly visits to L’Arche Farm and Gardens, singing with the choir at Festival of Trees, Fort Vancouver, Washington State History Museum, and NatureBridge (two nights).
Fifth grade field trips: Monthly virtual trips to Colonial Williamsburg, singing with the choir at Festival of Trees, Living Voices, and a weeklong trip to the mid-Atlantic: Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Monticello, Mount Vernon, and Washington, D.C.
After school: Kids Club provides supervised care after school for students ages 5 and older. CWA also offers enrichment programs, including Chess Club, Science Club, Japanese, French, Spanish for heritage speakers, piano lessons, Xtra Art, Running Club, baseball, basketball, soccer, and, for those in third through fifth grade, football.
Where it leads
The foundation we lay in the Lower School prepares students with the skills they need to learn and grow through their Middle and Upper School years, ultimately preparing them for college and life. A Charles Wright education is the best investment parents can make in their children’s futures.
Our Lower School teachers work closely with our Middle and Upper School faculty to make sure our curriculum, expectations, and teaching strategies effectively build on each other from year to year. The constant communication between teachers ensures every student is ready for the next challenge.
There is something very special about attending as many as 14 years of school on one campus. Our Lower School teachers serve as coaches and mentors for their students long after they leave their classrooms. They are often among the first to hear when a student is accepted to college. Students also form lifelong friendships with one another.