Kirby School

425 Encinal Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-0950
Tel: (831)423-0658
Grades: 6-12 | 237 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.

School Overview

Grades Offered Grades 6-12
Year Founded 1994

Student Body

Total Students 237 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 31 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
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 1925
Average ACT score 28
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 18 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $19,000
Tuition Notes Tuition for grades 6-7 is $18,900 and for 8-12 is $20,750.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $10,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Liz Vega
Admissions Associate Mara Waldhorn


Total Sports Offered 7 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
DanceMountain Biking,
SoccerUltimate Frisbee,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Chamber, Chorus, Drama, Ecology, Gay, INK, Jazz, Junior, Student Chamber, Chorus, Drama, Ecology, Gay, INK, Jazz, Junior, Student,

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

Profile last updated: 09/17/2015

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Brightpath (1.8 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Holy Cross School (0.8 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Holy Cross School (0.8 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Santa Cruz
    Holy Cross School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 162 students
    0.8 miles
    150 Emmet
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Santa Cruz
    New Horizons School
    Alternative School
    Grades: K-5 | 10 students
    1 miles
    Po Box 3683
    Santa Cruz, CA 95063
  • Santa Cruz
    Midtown Montessori
    Montessori School
    Grades: NS-K | 23 students
    1.4 miles
    818 N Branciforte Ave
    Santa Cruz, CA 95062
  • Santa Cruz
     Spring Hill School
    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: PK-6 | 130 students
    1.5 miles
    250 California Street
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Santa Cruz
    Special Education School
    Grades: 6-11 | 12 students
    1.8 miles
    849 Almar Ave Ste C-202
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

School Reviews

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!
- Posted by Parent, 07/24/15

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