Kirby School

425 Encinal Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-0950
Tel: (831)423-0658
Grades: 6-12 | 280 students
Our mission is to offer a college-preparatory education of the highest quality with a solid traditional academic curriculum.
We foster a community based upon mutual respect where students can develop their academic, artistic, and leadership abilities.
We create a safe environment of tolerance and respect for the individual, nurtured in a context of cultural and economic diversity.
Kirby offers a rigorous, college-preparatory education, and we have established an excellent track record of graduates matriculating at distinguished colleges and universities.
Our students perform well on standardized tests, but our primary goals are to develop critical thinking and to nurture creativity and intellectual curiosity.
We strive to create a warm and friendly educational environment, where students gain confidence and see learning as a pleasurable lifelong journey.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Grades Offered Grades 6-12
ADD/ADHD Support Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Year Founded 1994

Student Body

Total Students 280 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Kirby School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 12 students
Number of AP Courses 16 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses AP American Literature, AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus A, B, and C, AP Chemistry, AP English Language Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French, AP Latin, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Spanish 4, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP US Government, AP US History, Honors Engineering Physics,
Average SAT score 1957
Average ACT score 29
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 3 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $23,900
Tuition Notes 2016-17 tuition for grades 6-7 is $23,900 and for 8-12 is $25,800. Tuition rates for 2017-18 will be available in Nov 2016.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $10,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Amy Hemmert
Admissions Associate Hilary Brennan


Total Sports Offered 10 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Flag Football, Mountain Biking, Sailing, Soccer, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
DanceFlag Football,
Mountain BikingSailing,
SoccerTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Art Club, Chamber Choir, Chess Club, Chorus, Drama, Ecology, Economics, Gay Straight Alliance, INK - Award-winning School Newspaper, Jazz Band, Jazz Choir, Junior Statesman of America (JSA), Orchestra, Student Council, Treble Choir Art Club, Chamber Choir, Chess Club, Chorus, Drama, Ecology, Economics, Jazz Band, Jazz Choir, Orchestra, Treble Choir, Gay Straight Alliance,
INK - Award-winning School Newspaper,
Junior Statesman of America (JSA),
Student Council,

School Notes

  • Features of the school include:
  • Small classes averaging just 12 students in both middle and high school programs
  • Rich academic and fine arts curriculum
  • Distinguished faculty
  • Innovative "intensive paths" for high school students in the Arts, Humanities, Science/Technology, or Languages
  • Math and language placement based upon level of master and not grade level
  • 7th graders may begin high school language study in French, Latin, or Spanish
  • After school sports: Kirby is a member of the Central Coast Conference of the California Athletic League
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School Reviews

5.0 Stars   05/17/16
Excellent school. Good balance of traditional and progressive. Homogenous population of high achievers. The art splay a strong role. Math and science are very, very strong as is writing. Faculty is very impressive. PhDs, jd and master's. Very nice school!
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The average private school tuition in Santa Cruz County, CA is $8,561 for elementary schools and $23,240 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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