Kirby School

Top Placements

Kirby School places among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

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
30%
State avg.: 44%

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 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
22%
Average Financial Aid Grant$19,000
Acceptance Rate
80%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorAmy Hemmert
Admissions AssociateEmily Lamoureux

Sports

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,
SailingSoccer,
SwimmingTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,

Extracurriculars

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 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

Profile last updated:

Show me:
Show me:
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Santa Cruz
    Grades: K-8 | 243 students
    2.3 miles
    126 Eucalyptus Ave
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    (831)423-0341
    2.3 K-8
    243
  • Santa Cruz
     Spring Hill School
    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: PK-6 | 126 students
    1.5 miles
    250 California Street
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    (831)427-2641
    1.5 PK-6
    126
  • Anaheim
    Cornelia Connelly School
    Cornelia Connelly School Photo - Friendly Connelly girls welcome visitors to Open House.
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 126 students
    316.6 miles
    2323 W Broadway
    Anaheim, CA 92804
    (714)776-1717
    316.6 9-12
    126
  • Aptos
    Grades: K-8 | 317 students
    6.2 miles
    2701 Cabrillo College Drive
    Aptos, CA 95003
    (831)465-3301
    6.2 K-8
    317
  • Belmont
    Notre Dame High School
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 447 students
    38.9 miles
    1540 Ralston Ave
    Belmont, CA 94002
    (650)595-1913
    38.9 9-12
    447

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  
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.
- Posted by
5  
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

Endorse Kirby School. Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards

I am a:

Name or Alias:

Your review:

Endorse this school:
Recent Articles
What is a lab school? It's a K-12 school or school with some variation of those grades which is operated by a university or college.
Helicopter, velcro and snowplow parents can't stand the thought of their children having difficulty with anything. Over-protective parents come in several flavors. More here.
Raising money for your small school never seems to end. There is always some pressing need. And a few long-term ones as well. We offer some tips, suggestions and strategies to help you tackle this important aspect of your school's financial situation.
Request Information
I am a:      
Email:
Name of parent:
Student First name:
Student Middle name:
Student Last name:
Student date of birth:
Student is:
     
Currently in grade:
Seeking entry for grade:
Target start date:
Name of current school:
School type:
        
Applying for financial aid?:
        
Please describe academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests of the student.:
Address:
City:
Country:
State:
Zip:

(enter "N/A" if not applicable)
Phone:
Did You Know?
The average private school tuition in Santa Cruz, CA is $8,772 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Santa Cruz, CA is 86% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).