Academics

Student in lab coat in science class on the roof deck

Scholarship is not a social liability and education is more than test scores.

We challenge each student to be the measure of their own success, to develop their unique strengths and interests and to work to their best ability. In this way, we help students reach their fullest potential and become agents in their education and life endeavors.

Our classrooms are staffed by inspiring faculty--the ambassadors of our mission--each passionate about teaching the subject matter they love. Classes averaging 12 students create opportunity for personalized instruction. In small classrooms, faculty are able to be responsive to each learner. 

By balancing challenging projects with a common sense approach to the student as a person, we create a culture of individual success which is embodied by every member of our community. We see and care about each student, and we take their victories and their struggles to heart. There’s no greater pleasure than getting them through a challenge--intact and triumphant. 

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Middle School

Middle School marks the precious time-span of brain development in which a student's sense of self is awakened. In these early years of volitional identity formation, we know that emotional resiliency and intellectual confidence are vital attributes to cultivate. Kirby’s middle school provides a well-balanced and developmentally appropriate transition from elementary school to the challenges of a rigorous college preparatory high school program. With attention to the continued importance of play, our sixth, seventh, and eighth graders are provided with a strong academic foundation and mentorship to explore their creative, intellectual, and physical potential. Middle school students build their educational foundation with English, history, mathematics, science, world language, and the arts, and develop mind-body awareness as well as social-emotional communication skills through our SELPH and athletics programs. 

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High School

High school students have many opportunities to customize their academic experience. We blend balanced, innovative curricula with traditional academics, arts and technology and offer an extensive range of electives in the humanities, math, science, world language and visual and performing arts. These afford opportunities for comprehensive study and prepare students for the social, political, and economic realities of the twenty-first century. 

High school program 

"Academic​ ​achievement​ ​isn’t​ ​​a​ ​subculture​ ​for​ ​an​ ​upper​ ​echelon​ ​of​ ​students;​ ​it’s​ ​the​ ​norm​ ​and, in​ ​fact,​ ​​celebrated.​ ​We​ ​have​ ​every type and interest in our midst—but​ ​for​ ​everyone​ ​it’s​ ​cool​ ​to​ ​excel.​ ​At​ ​All​ ​School​ ​Meetings,​ ​when​ ​a teacher​ ​announces​ ​the​ ​results​ ​of​ ​the​ ​National​ ​Latin​ ​Exam​ ​or​ ​the​ ​American​ ​Math​ ​Competition, students​ ​cheer​ ​as if​ ​the​ ​basketball​ ​team defeated​ ​our​ ​rivals."Dr. Maria Elena Caballero-Robb, Humanities Faculty