Beyond the Classroom

//Beyond the Classroom
Beyond the Classroom 2019-11-06T12:26:53-08:00

Charles Wright is big enough to offer the full high school experience and small enough for you to be part of everything.

Experiential Education

Your student will have many opportunities for experiential education at Charles Wright, an approach to learning that recognizes that human beings learn best from concrete experience.

All Upper School students participate in exciting challenges during “Experiential Ed Week” in September, including backpacking on wilderness trails in the Cascades or sea kayaking and camping in the Puget Sound with trained faculty their 10th grade year.

Students also look forward to “Winterim,” a week of activities, travels, classes, and workshops that takes place each February. Our students and teachers dive deep into concentrated subjects, themes, or activities outside the traditional curriculum. Students have traveled abroad to Nepal, France, and Peru to study world cultures, volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, and visited colleges and universities to immerse themselves in campus life.

Clubs and Affinity Groups

Extracurricular affinity groups, alliances, and clubs allow Upper School students even more opportunities for leadership and connection. Examples include the Black Student Affinity Group, the Diversity and Inclusion Alliance, and a variety of clubs, from animation to ecology to rock climbing, and more.

Charles Wright is home to state champion Knowledge Bowl and robotics teams, and our National History Day scholars regularly win state and national titles. We travel to Model UN conferences and produce an award-winning yearbook and literary magazine.

Service Learning

Upper School students actively participate in Service Learning to develop each student’s potential for responsible citizenship by blending service learning into the intellectual, physical, and artistic life of the Upper School. Our belief is that service comes from our hearts and is incorporated into our lives, connecting us with others.


Seniors participate in three-week internships at the end of the academic year once AP exams have ended. Helping students gain firsthand knowledge about a particular field of interest, the internship allows seniors to learn about a career by working in a professional setting, doing community service, or pursuing an independent academic project. Past internships include shadowing doctors; working in law offices, museums, and businesses; supporting non-profit organizations; and writing for local newspapers and magazines.

Student Government

The Upper School student government is composed of representatives from each grade as well as members elected by the entire student body. The aim is to provide leadership, promote the rights of the student body, and work closely with peers
and faculty to foster community at CWA based on mutual trust and cooperation.