Kirby School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
Tel: (831)423-0658
  • 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

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1994

Student Body

Total Students280 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
30%
State avg.: 43%
Students by GradeKirby School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
75%
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses16 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP 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 score1380
Average ACT score29
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 3 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$28,500
Tuition NotesTuition for 2017-18 Grades 6 and 7: $25,900 Grades 8 through 12: $28,500 One-time Fees Application Fee: $75 New student enrollment fee: $975.
% on Financial Aid
22%
Average Financial Aid Grant$19,000
Acceptance Rate
80%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorAmy Hemmert
Admissions AssociateEmily Lamoureux

Sports

Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBasketball, 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,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Art Club, Chess Club, Ecology, Economics, Gay Straight Alliance, INK - Award-winning School Newspaper, Junior Statesman of America (JSA), Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:
Chamber Choir, Chorus, Drama, Jazz Band, Jazz Choir, Orchestra, Treble Choi

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  5/17/2016
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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