Geometry lesson outside with teacher and student


Kirby School was established in 1994 to offer academic challenge to motivated students regardless of economic circumstances. We offer an independent, non-sectarian college prep education to 6th through 12th grade students in the delightful Bay Area community of Santa Cruz, California. 

Kirby School was founded on the belief that student who are respected and encouraged will exhibit a greater enthusiasm for learning and achieve at their highest levels.

In 2019, Kirby School celebrates its 25th anniversary of service to the Santa Cruz community and renews its commitment to providing a world-class education.

We are guided by our mission and values

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Kirby School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is a member of the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

Quick Facts

Total number of faculty: 44
Percentage of faculty with advanced degrees: 52% (5 Doctorates, 18 Masters)

Current enrollment: 239
Middle School: 71
High School: 168
Students of color: 30%
Average classroom size: 12 students

Tuition Assistance
$1,105,985 in awards 
24.5% of students 

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