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Annie Wright vs. Bellarmine Prep: Which Private School for your child?

Looking for a strong education option for your student in the Tacoma area?

We examine two of Pierce County’s top private schools, Annie Wright (AW) and Bellarmine Prep.  There are definitely many differences between them and the following will show that.

A few snapshots of what people are saying about the schools are below our quick comparison table.


Annie WrightBellarmine Prep
CurriculumCollege Prep/International Baccalaureate (IB)College Preparatory/AP
Grades OfferedPre-school-12th9-12
School TypeCo-ed/Girls Only (after 9th)Co-ed
Religious AffiliationN/ACatholic
# of Students~545~850
Tuition (2019-2020)$28,500 (Day)/$60,700 (7 day boarding)$16,404
Student:Teacher Ratio5:112:1
SAT Avg13101260
ACT Avg2829
Notable College AcceptancesStanford, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, NYU, USC, Emory, Vassar, Middlebury+Stanford, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Duke, NYU, Northwestern, USC, Emory, MIT+
Niche College Prep Ranking – WA#6#15
Great Schools Ranking4 Stars via 107 Reviews4 Stars via 12 Reviews
Wikipedia ArticleFounded in 1884Founded in 1928
FAQ PagesSchool FAQSchool FAQ

What students say about Annie Wright (Niche):

AW - What students say

Recent Bellarmine Prep Reviews (Niche):

Good school. Has problems with allowing students to pursue higher levels of education. Students cannot challenge themselves academically, without being recommended by a teacher. This recommendation is usually bias. Also, if a student does not do well in placement exams they are locked into a system that does not allow them to take honors or AP classes. If said student does manage to take such classes, they must work 2x as hard as those already placed in those classes. School environment could be better, with more activities voted on by students. ASB could do more to improve school events (dances, celebrations, etc.) Efforts are being made to improve diversity, inclusion, and overall school culture, but has a long road ahead. Thank you!

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