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Inspired to learn. Empowered to lead.

Kirby School is an award-winning, independent college preparatory day school for grades 6-12 located in Santa Cruz, California.

For over 25 years, we have welcomed learners from all backgrounds, beliefs and experiences. Driven by our love of learning, we engage students in a wide variety of activities that activate critical thinking and inspire creative expression, preparing them to thoughtfully contribute to their communities and shape their futures with confidence.

At Kirby we listen to, value and appreciate every student admitted to our program. We see their unique potential. We get to know them for the hopes and dreams they carry, and for the challenges they face as they achieve them.

Join us at an upcoming Admissions event and get to know Kirby School better.

Quick Facts

Total number of faculty: 40
Percentage of faculty with advanced degrees: 60% (4 Doctorates, 20 Masters)

Current enrollment: 221
Middle School: 70
High School: 151
Students of color: 32%
Average classroom size: 12 students

Tuition Assistance
$1,462,230 in awards 
31% of students 

First page of the PDF file: AnnualReport2018-2019_Final_5-18-20

"At Kirby, taking school seriously--and brazenly loving to learn--is part of the peer culture; you put your whole heart into everything you do." Kirstin Olsen, Humanities Faculty

First page of the PDF file: SchoolProfile2020-2021