Recreation Area

Recreation area architectural sketch from above

We're building a Sport Court, Amphitheater, and Learning and Convening Spaces

Construction is underway on our Recreation Area which will complete our campus and fulfill the vision of a safe and engaging space to recreate.

Our fundraising goal to support the project is $1.275M.

As of February 2020, We have raised 90% of our goal: $1,147,500!

In June 2019, Kirby was awarded a matching grant of $200,000 by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. The campaign, which just kicked off on January, had already raised over $700,000 toward the goal prior to the grant.

Before becoming a school in 2006, our facility was a commercial office. Although our interior has been re-designed into student-centric learning space, the absence of a recreation area makes the campus feel incomplete.

The outdoor recreation area, which will encompass the area formerly known as the lower parking lot, will provide a space to take breaks, to play together, to let off steam, to calm and center, and to build relationships–essential components of Kirby School. 

Students achieve better outcomes when they break during the day to go outside for fresh air. There is a positive relationship between exercise and physical movement–both structured and unstructured–on focus, performance, and healthy sleep rhythms.

Investing in outdoor space to incorporate more movement into everyday learning will support the emotional, physical, and intellectual well-being of all of our students

Kirby School is attuned to our students’ needs and responsive to their growth and development. Completing our campus by constructing a recreation area will give our students a space of their own to cultivate the student culture that we have grown to love at Kirby. 

We need your support! Contact Sandie Shoemaker, 831-423-0658 x 224 to learn more.

"There is no better indication of the presence of a school than a recreation area--an outdoor community space--and no better indication of the maturity and longevity of a school’s presence in our community than an investment in its campus. Students need a place to move, convene, and learn just as a community needs a communal gathering space."

Rowland Rebele, Santa Cruz Resident & Community Advocate