Kirby School

  • For over 25 years, Kirby School has championed every student admitted to its challenging college preparatory program to discover and develop their unique strengths and interests, preparing them to contribute to their communities and shape their futures with confidence.
  • We invite you to find a place to belong on our welcoming campus in Santa Cruz, California.
  • Add your unique background, beliefs and experiences to our diverse community.
  • Be inspired by instructors who are lifelong learners, dedicated educators and subject matter experts.
  • We offer a tuition assistance program, classes averaging 12 students, and a campus with a recreation area, sport court, amphitheater, and outdoor learning spaces.

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School Overview

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

Student Body

Total Students280 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade Kirby School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
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 2018-19 Grades 6 and 7: $27,500 Grades 8 through 12: $31,500 One-time Fees Application Fee: $75 New student enrollment fee: $975.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$19,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorAmy Hemmert
Admissions AssociateEmily Lamoureux


Total Sports Offered12 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Dance, Flag Football, Golf, Mountain Biking, Sailing, Soccer, Swimming, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
DanceFlag Football,
GolfMountain Biking,
SwimmingTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.14 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Art Club, Chess Club, Ecology, Economics, Gay Straight Alliance, Junior Statesman of America (JSA), Student Council

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

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 Location Miles Grades Students
  • Santa Cruz
    Grades: K-8 | 243 students
    2.4 miles
    255 Swift Street
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    (831) 423-0341
    2.4 K-8
  • Santa Cruz
    Grades: PK-6 | 85 students
    1.5 miles
    250 California Street
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    (831) 427-2641
    1.5 PK-6
  • Anaheim
    Cornelia Connelly School
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    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 130 students
    316.6 miles
    2323 W Broadway
    Anaheim, CA 92804
    (714) 776-1717
    316.6 9-12
  • Anaheim
    Grades: 9-12 | 583 students
    315.9 miles
    2200 W Sequoia Avenue
    Anaheim, CA 92801
    (714) 710-8493
    315.9 9-12
  • Aptos
    Grades: K-8 | 311 students
    6.2 miles
    2701 Cabrillo College Drive
    Aptos, CA 95003
    (831) 465-3301
    6.2 K-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
My son's teachers have all been attentive and are genuinely excited to teach. They provide insightful feedback about my son's opportunities and challenges, allowing me to be proactive at home if needed to support. Progressive and respectful community. Incredibly small class sizes where no one can be invisible. The dialogue that happens in class spills over at the dinner table. I've never seen my son so interested in what he's learning and so interested in exploring what he's learning with others. Academically challenging but with lots of support if needed. My son is doing things I never imagined he'd be interested in -- with a new found identity in being involved in those activities. Highly recommended.
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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, CA is $8,964 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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