New Family Guide

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New Family Guide 2019-08-15T16:23:32-07:00

Welcome to the CWA community!

This summer, please refer to this webpage as your resource for important information and calendar items before the start of school. In July, we will offer new information including the start of school forms that need to be completed before August 28th. At that time, you will also start to have access to our school information system, Veracross. We will remind you to check back!

Pick Up Your CWA Sweatshirt!

Stop by the Admissions office and pick up your free hoodie sweatshirt if you were unable to attend our New Families Welcome Party on May 29. Call 253-620-8373 or email admissions@charleswright.org for more info.

The first day of school for all grades is Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

Lower School
8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

  • Morning Drop-Off: You may either park in the lot in front of the Lower School and walk your child into the building or pull up to the lane in front of the building for drop-off. Please note: this is a loading and unloading zone only.
  • After School Pick-Up (“Carpool”): Teachers will walk your student out to the covered area at the front of the Lower School where they will wait for pickup. You may queue up in the carpool waiting lane (when you first drive onto campus, bear right and park on the right hand side in this waiting lane). A CWA staff member will direct traffic to pull up to the front of the Lower School. You are also welcome to park in the Lower School parking lot and meet your child in the covered area.

Middle School
8:10 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

  • Pick-Ups and Drop-Offs: Please use the roundabout between the Middle School and Upper School.

Upper School
8:10 a.m. – 3:10 p.m.

  • Pick-Ups and Drop-Offs: Please use the roundabout between the Middle School and Upper School.

Lower School

  • Before and After-School Care (Kids Club) is located in the classroom opposite the Lower School Commons on the first floor.
  • Before-School Care starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After-School Care is available until 6:00 p.m. 
  • Your Kids Club Coordinator is Nelly Irwin, nirwin@charleswright.org
  • The Kids Club direct number is 253-620-8859.
  • Cost: $10/hour per student for Jr. K – Grade 5. Included in Preschool tuition.

Middle School

  • After-School Care is located in the Middle School Library down the hall to the right of the main entrance.
  • After-School Care is available until 6:00 p.m. 
  • All Middle School students on campus after school dismissal must sign in at the library.
  • The After-School Care direct number is 253-620-8428.
  • There is no charge for Middle School After-School Care.

August 14 – Preschool, Junior Kindergarten, & Kindergarten Playdate

  • Preschool: 3 p.m.
  • Kindergarten: 4-5 p.m.
  • Junior Kindergarten: 5-6 p.m.

August 22 – Lower School and Middle School New Family Orientations

  • Lower School 6-7 p.m.
  • Middle School 7-8 p.m.

August 26 – Upper School
New Student Orientation

  • Upper School 6-7 p.m.

August 26 – Open House & BBQ

  • Lower and Middle Schools 4 p.m.

August 29 & 30 – Middle School Camp

Meet in the Middle School Commons at 8 a.m. on August 29
The entire Middle School spends two days and one night together at a Port Orchard camp. Students enjoy fun bonding experiences like horseback riding, archery, and other games. It’s a longstanding tradition that sets the tone for a great year!

All-School Calendar At a Glance

Please refer to this handy one page .pdf for important dates across all divisions.

Additional dates for athletics, arts events, etc. will be added to the Veracross calendar throughout the year, and you will receive updates via a weekly e-newsletter from your student’s division director.

Have a question and don’t know who to ask? You’ll be connected with an established CWA family “buddy” who can help you figure out all things CWA. Stay tuned for more info!

Bus Routes and Schedules

*Routes subject to change depending on ridership.

Fresh and nutritious foods are prepared on-site daily at CWA. Breakfast, lunch, and morning and after-school snacks are available for purchase. At lunch, students have access to fresh salads, a custom sandwich bar, hot and wholesome main dishes, homemade soup, as well as fresh fruits, desserts, and snacks.

  • Lunch Entrée (main dish, salad, or sandwich): $5.50
  • Breakfast Items and Snacks: $1-$4

Once you are given access to Veracross, our student information system, you will be able to see exact pricing and sample menus.

Middle School Summer Reading

Summer provides a wonderful and important change of pace for families.  It is a time to relax, rejuvenate, and explore.  While time away from school has great value, middle schoolers benefit from keeping their reading skills sharp during the summer months.  Summer reading also provides students with an opportunity to explore new ideas, time periods, historical events, and points of view.  To these ends, we ask each of our Middle Schoolers to select at least three books from a grade specific summer reading list. Students should plan to come ready to discuss their books during the first week of school with a good understanding of the plot, characters, and themes in each book. Here are links to the reading lists.

Upper School Summer Reading

Upper School students choose 2 books to read over the summer: One book from their English class PLUS one “free range” book of their choice to discuss in advisory or some other setting next year.

English Class Summer Reading:

“Free Range” Summer Reading Guide

Middle School Course Selection

Rising seventh and eighth graders select language, performing arts, and fall sports choices. Rising sixth graders only select a fall sports choice, at this time. They will choose a performing arts class, either Beginning Band or Choir, in mid-September and their world language choice near the end of the first trimester in mid-November.

The first document linked below describes the choices that students make and the second link is to the form where the selections are actually made. We expect that families will have a conversation with their middle schooler before the form is completed and submitted.

MS COURSE SELECTION INFORMATION FOR 2019-2020

MS COURSE SELECTION FORM 2019-2020

Upper School Course Selection

Our Admissions team will work with you and your student to determine course selections based on grade level and placement tests.

Please contact Admissions Associate Erica Freund with any questions about Middle or Upper School course selections.

Download our guide to CWA uniforms here.

Charles Wright Academy students in Preschool through Grade 5 wear uniforms.

The goal of school uniforms is to:

  • Increase a student’s sense of belonging to the CWA community
  • Provide sturdy, comfortable, and economical clothing choices
  • Keep clothing choices simple for families
  • Simplify morning routines for families

Used Uniform Sale – August 26th 

Gently used uniforms are available for sale in June and August. Join us at our next sale during the Lower School Open House on August 26th at 4 p.m.

If you have any questions at all,
please contact the Admissions Office
at (253) 620-8373 or
admissions@charleswright.org.

Welcome to Charles Wright Academy

Contact Us

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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