Charles Wright Academy Admissions


Unlock your Potential at Charles Wright Academy

Charles Wright Academy is the only independent, coeducational preschool-12th grade private school serving the South Sound community. CWA students come from various previous educational experiences (public/private/home-schooled) and represent diverse ethnic, socio-economic, gender, religious, and cultural backgrounds. We champion belonging and pursue active, joyful learning alongside exceptional and committed teachers and an inclusive and diverse community built on our core values of excellence, integrity, compassion, respect, and perseverance.


Located in Tacoma, Washington, Charles Wright Academy is situated on a beautiful 107-acre campus surrounded by woods, our school provides a safe and inviting environment that aligns with our mission: to inspire active joyful learning while nurturing and challenging students to develop the character, creativity, and skills necessary to navigate the future confidently.


We are excited to get to know you! You’re invited to tour our campus and explore our state-of-the-art facilities, or attend one of our virtual events and hear from our esteemed faculty and talented students. Come see for yourself how hands-on, experiential education inspires learning that sticks.


Ready to take the next step? Learn more about the application process and important deadlines.

A co-ed independent school serving students in preschool-grade 12 in Tacoma, WA

If you have any inquiries about availability in particular grades, please contact our Admission Office at (253) 620-8373.

Students join Charles Wright Academy at various ages, and we support them at every stage of their educational journey. Since 1957, our school has been committed to delivering an engaging and dynamic program that fosters genuine relationships and a shared passion for learning among students and faculty. Through hands-on work, exploration, collaboration, and the pursuit of individual passions, our students discover their potential and strive to fulfill it.


We invite you to experience Charles Wright Academy firsthand through an in-person or virtual visit. Spending time with the individuals who bring our school to life is the best way to understand our unique culture. We want you to get to know us.


As you navigate the admission process, we encourage you to utilize our website as a valuable resource. It provides information on upcoming virtual events, step-by-step guidance on our private school’s application process, details about financial aid, and much more. Our admission team can assist you anytime, so please don’t hesitate to reach out.


We strive to make each family’s admission experience personal, informative, and meaningful. It is an honor that you are considering Charles Wright Academy, and we eagerly await the opportunity to learn more about your family.


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Teachers Holding Graduate Degrees


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Current Middle School and Alumni Parent

My son graduated from Charles Wright Academy in 2020 starting in his seventh grade year. My daughter is currently in sixth grade, she started in Kindergarten. There is no better opportunity in the South Sound for your child than CWA.

Alumni, Parent of Alumni, Current Parent

As an alum, parent of two alums, and parent of a current student, Charles Wright has been a great fit for myself and my kids. Teachers who genuinely care, small class sizes, tight friend groups, loads of experiential and place-based learning opportunities are just a few of the many aspects that make CWA a great school.

Beginning School Parent

When we first enrolled our daughters in 2021, we were immediately drawn to the play-based education, active joyful learning style, dedicated teachers, and supportive administration that Charles Wright Academy offers. It was clear from the beginning that we had found a special place that truly cares about each and every child. 

Our oldest daughter has thrived at Charles Wright Academy. The personalized attention, support, and challenge she receives have helped her to improve and grow in ways we never thought possible. The play-based education in the Beginning School and the constant challenge in kindergarten have been instrumental in her development, and we are grateful for the creative and engaging learning opportunities she has had. Our youngest daughter has faced some challenges due to a developmental delay. However, the support and resources provided by her teachers and the school have been invaluable in helping her to work on these obstacles. We have seen tremendous growth and progress since she started at Charles Wright Academy, and we are grateful for the inclusive and nurturing environment that has allowed her to flourish.



Lower School Parent

The faculty and staff at CWA are the best! They truly care for the kids and one another. Our son LOVES his school and is thriving. We feel extremely fortunate to be part of the community.

Upper School Student

I am really happy with all my teachers. They will make sure you do well no matter what and even though it gets hard at some points, it’s still a great place to be. Teachers really care about you and put the time in to make sure you are supported.

The Admissions Team

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Jasmine Park

Associate Director of Enrollment Management

Steve Rudolf

Director of Enrollment Management

Jason Taylor

Enrollment Database Assistant

Autumn Warren

Enrollment Coordinator

Nondiscrimination policy: Charles Wright Academy admits students and provides equal access to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school regardless 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. 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 a coed day school in Tacoma, Washington. Our private school includes preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, and high school all on one campus. We build the foundation of lifelong learning and our robust college preparatory program guides students toward college choices that match their unique characters, strengths, and interests. CWA is an inclusive community committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.