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Latest Updates

Head of School Search Committee Update

June 21st, 2019|

June 21, 2019 Dear CWA community members: We hope that your summer is off to an enjoyable start! We are writing with another update from the Head of School search committee. Since our last communication, the search committee has met with our search consultant, Joan Beauregard of Educators' Collaborative, and reviewed information gathered by Joan through on campus meetings and the online survey. Participation from CWA constituents was very good and provided thoughtful feedback on the characteristics our community is looking for in a new Head of School. With that information in mind, the search committee finalized materials that [...]

Head of School Search Committee

June 3rd, 2019|

May 31, 2019 Dear Charles Wright Community Members: We are writing to provide another update on the Head of School search. We have now identified all members of our Head of School Search Committee. The search committee members represent a cross section of the CWA community, including trustees, parents, faculty, and staff. Each member brings a unique perspective to the search committee, and we are grateful for their willingness to share their time, insight, and energy. The search committee members are: Mark Hood – Search Committee Chair, parent, Trustee Carie Ward – Lower School faculty member, parent Rob Scotlan – Middle [...]

Upcoming Community Sessions with Head of School Search Consultant

May 22nd, 2019|

May 22, 2019 Dear Charles Wright Academy community members, We are writing to provide our first update on the Head of School search and to invite you to participate. Our professional search consultant, Joan Beauregard of Educators Collaborative, is collecting information to craft a “leadership profile” that will describe the important qualities of the new Head of School. As part of that process, Joan will be on campus on Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30 to meet with students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and trustees, gather information and gain a sense of the opportunities and [...]

Our School

657 Students

107 Acres

65% Faculty with Advanced Degrees

$29m Endowment

Charles Wright Academy (CWA), located on a beautiful, wooded 100-acre campus, serves 657 students in preschool through grade 12. CWA provides challenging, college preparatory academics that prepare students to thrive in college and in life. Equally important is the school’s wide array of experiential and outdoor education, artistic, athletic, and service opportunities that promote students’ social-emotional development and provide avenues by which they discover and pursue their passions. Close, respectful, and trusting relationships between faculty and students result in an environment in which all community members embrace both the hard work and the joy inherent in the journey of intellectual and personal growth.

Charles Wright Academy was founded in 1957 when Sam and Nathalie Brown, along with others, purchased land in rural Pierce County that included a defunct peach orchard, a restaurant, and a cottage, among other things. Charles Wright Academy opened its doors in 1957 with 40 boys and five teachers. The first class graduated in 1964.

Today Charles Wright Academy continues to be a thriving and diverse educational community with an ethos of growth and commitment to care among students, faculty, staff, and families.

Our Students


Graduate with state honors


International Students


Students of Color


Student to faculty ratio

Teachers cultivate a challenging and safe intellectual environment in which students feel free to explore ideas and express opinions. The school serves students with a broad range of abilities, and those who typically do well at CWA exhibit a willingness to engage as thoughtful citizens and a desire to be a member of an active learning community. Charles Wright values and supports all types of learners. Students with learning difficulties find support and accommodation provided by learning specialists and classroom teachers; similarly, the school offers additional opportunities to support advanced students needing further challenge. The traditional liberal arts curriculum is enriched by numerous extracurricular and experiential education offerings, which are not simply “add-ons” but rather are fully integrated into the complete Charles Wright experience. Faculty flexibility and support make these hands-on learning opportunities possible, and teachers welcome the chance to engage with children and adolescents outside the classroom and to connect with them not only as students but as individuals. Indeed, teachers’ interest in students extends beyond the requirements of the profession, and faculty and staff can often be seen cheering on the sidelines, clapping in the audience, and otherwise encouraging students to reach their personal best in their varied pursuits. This authentic concern and involvement allows teachers to get to know students as whole people and results in lasting, positive relationships.

Strategic Vision 2030


To inspire active, joyful learning while nurturing and challenging our students to develop the character, creativity, and skills to successfully navigate the future with confidence.


As an exceptional leader in preK-12 education, Charles Wright Academy creatively inspires a lifetime of learning and purposeful growth.


Perseverance – Persistence, self-reliance, and tenacity in the face of adversity make us wiser and stronger.

Respect – Valuing differences means we treat each individual and every relationship with fairness, equity, and justness.

Integrity – Choosing right means we value the truth, fairness, responsibility, and authenticity in all our actions.

Compassion – We always act with kindness, generosity, humility, and empathy.

Excellence – In all our endeavors, we strive to achieve our best.


Enhance the student experience in alignment with CWA’s commitment to a curriculum infused with and supported by critical thinking, effective communication, an experiential, collaborative, and integrated curriculum, and a deep pedagogical toolbox.

• Initiative #1: In expanding our understanding of what “liberal arts education” should be in the mid-21st century, create multiple paths to a CWA diploma that allow students and faculty to explore more deeply their own talents, passions, and intellectual curiosity in pursuit of achieving excellence and balance in academics, arts, and athletics.

• Initiative #2: Develop consistent opportunities for cultural and global engagement opportunities for all students.

• Initiative #3: Examine ways to develop distinctive place-based/experiential educational opportunities for CWA students.

• Initiative #4: Integrate technology into pedagogy and curriculum in a seamless way.

Maintain CWA’s commitment to developing its exceptional faculty, committed staff, and an engaged and inclusive community of students and families.

• Initiative #1: Encourage and invest in implementing innovative teaching methods in and out of the classroom; building on CWA’s aspiration to be a thought-leader and laboratory for pre-K-12 education.

• Initiative #2: Advance the growth and development of our faculty and staff through the following:

  1. directed and strategic professional development program

  2. building a culture of constant self-reflection, growth, and professionalism that always places the student experience at the center of every decision

  3. instituting an enhanced, meaningful, and regular faculty/staff evaluation process 4. providing leadership roles and opportunities to model, coach, teach, and inspire colleagues and students

• Initiative #3: Incorporate Social Emotional Learning (SEL) standards into the curriculum school-wide and increase resources and capabilities for Student Support Services.

• Initiative #4: Implement strategies to more fully reach our commitment to caring in our inclusive and diverse community, in order to realize our institutional values of respect and compassion.

Re-visit the campus master plan to fully leverage CWA’s wealth of facilities, land, and beautiful spaces.

• Initiative #1: Develop a program for three-year-olds and examine the potential to create an Early Childhood Learning Center for three- to five-year-olds.

• Initiative #2: Develop strategies to more fully utilize the campus year-round.

• Initiative #3: Explore new opportunities to increase enrollment through ancillary business models, and possible strategic alignment with other schools.

• Initiative #4: Finalize and execute a facilities master plan that considers the investment in space necessary to implement the Strategic Vision for 2030.

• Initiative #5: Explore strategies to increase the environmental sustainability of the campus.

Accelerate community outreach to leverage connections to people and institutions of the South Puget Sound Region to enrich learning experiences for students.

• Initiative #1: Partner with area colleges, businesses, and arts organizations to further strengthen and grow our program and create enriched and engaging learning opportunities for our students and community.

• Initiative #2: Strengthen relationships with nonprofit organizations to support our commitment to service-learning through service and internships.

• Initiative #3: Engage alumni and parents to be actively involved through sharing their diverse experiences, expertise, and access to opportunities.

Build financial stability for the next generations of students.

• Initiative #1: Pursue models of funding that do not rely on constant increases in tuition revenue.

• Initiative #2: Optimize marketing and enrollment management processes with a goal of operating the school at full capacity.

• Initiative #3: Develop marketing and communications strategies to clarify and expand CWA’s brand awareness.

The Opportunity

Head of School

Posting Date: May 31, 2019
Application Deadline: July 15, 2019
Start Date: July 1, 2020


Search Calendar: Applications due by mid-July.  Search committee will meet candidates in early August.  Finalists to visit in September.

Position Description:  

At Charles Wright Academy, a coeducational independent school in Tacoma, WA, students discover their passions through a breadth of opportunities inside and outside the classroom. At the recent board meeting, CWA adopted its new mission statement: To inspire active, joyful learning while nurturing and challenging our students to develop the character, creativity, and skills to successfully navigate the future with confidence.

Charles Wright Academy is one of the premier schools in the Pacific Northwest. CWA opened its doors to 40 boys and a faculty of five in September 1957 and in 1970 became a co-ed school. Today CWA boasts 657 students (app. 50% male/female) with 199 students in lower school, 176 in middle school, and 282 in the upper school, and a faculty of 88 talented, dedicated teachers. 40% of the students are students of color. Additionally, CWA welcomes students from countries such as China, Lithuania, Sweden, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Malaysia.

CWA provides challenging, college preparatory academics that prepares students to thrive in college and in life. Equally important is a wide array of experiential education, artistic, athletic, and service opportunities that promote students’ social-emotional development and provide avenues by which they discover and pursue their passions. As a college preparatory school, CWA expects every graduating senior to enroll at a college or university. CWA can proudly boast that graduates are accepted to some of the most selective schools, the nation’s top science and engineering programs, and the most prestigious liberal arts colleges. More importantly, however, the school helps the students find the right fit for them.  

The school sits on a beautiful wooded 107-acre campus with impressive facilities that fully support CWA’s programs and enhance the experience of all in the CWA community.

Tacoma, WA, is a mid-sized urban port city sitting on the southern banks of Puget Sound, approximately 40 miles south of Seattle. Tacoma is known for the Museum of Glass, which has works by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. The community of Tacoma is recognized as one of the most livable and walkable in America and was recently featured in Sunset Magazine as one of the “Game-Changing Places to Live.” Amazing opportunities to explore the outdoors make this area a wonderful place to live. You can kayak or walk the beaches of Puget Sound or hike Mt. Rainier, which is just 60 miles away. Another beautiful fact, housing costs in Tacoma are 61% less than in Seattle.

CWA is an accredited member in the Northwest Association of Independent Schools, NAIS, Index, and the Mastery Transcript Consortium. This is truly an amazing opportunity to be the Head of a Preschool through 12th grade school in the Pacific Northwest.   

Application Materials Requested: Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following documents by mid-July 2019:

  1. EC Candidate Summary Sheet (contact Joan Beauregard for this document)
  2. Letter of Interest addressed to the Search Committee
  3. Current Resume
  4. Personal Statement or Statement of Educational Philosophy
  5. A list of five or more references with contact information (name, relationship to candidate and contact information – phone and email addresses)                                                     
  6. Up to three letters of reference (optional)

Application materials are to be sent in a single Word document or PDF.

Please address any inquiries or expressions of interest to:

Joan Beauregard, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC

email: jbeau@comcast.net and jbeauregard@educatorscollaborative.com

Phone:  206.851.6616   

Nondiscrimination Policy

Charles Wright does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, marital or any other status protected by local, state, or federal law in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. 

Charles Wright Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer: M/F/V/D.  

Welcome to 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

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