About / Our Stories

See our school through the experiences of those who know and love it best.

Short of attending Kirby School, the best way to understand what happens here is to see it through the eyes of the community. Students love the opportunities they’re offered; faculty love the chance to share their passions with engaged students; and parents love knowing that their children are energized by the environment and cared about by their teachers.

These are only a few of our stories, but together they illustrate the intellectual curiosity, the accepting community, and the dynamic interplay of students, teachers, and families that characterize what one student calls our “love of learning.”

The Stories

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    6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Graders

    "Outdoor Ed Trips"

    The 6th-9th graders go on overnight outdoor education trips at the beginning of each school year to strengthen relationships and ties with nature.

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    Tovah Keynton

    Latin Teacher, Alumna
    "7th Grade Latin"

    All 7th graders take Latin to help with foundations in grammar and to prepare them for the high school language requirement at Kirby.

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    Ari

    8th Grade
    "Robotics Unit"

    As a culminating unit for 8th Grade Physical Science students tap into the growing toolkit of physics, engineering, and math skills to build and program robots using the Lego Mindstorm system.

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    Grayden

    Alum
    "Book Arts"

    Kirby's Book Arts facility is a unique gem within our visual arts department

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    Damara Ganley

    Dance Teacher
    "Professional Art Instructors"

    Dance teacher Damara Ganley performs professionally in San Francisco dance companies Bandaloop and the Joe Goode Performance Group

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    Colby, Nathan, Isabel

    9th Grade Students
    "Shakespeare Declamation Project"

    As part of the 9th grade curriculum, students enact a passage from Romeo and Juliet to their peers.

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    Jeff House

    English Department Head
    “Small Classes”

    How classrooms averaging 12 students improve the effectiveness of writing instruction.

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    Devin

    High School Student
    "State-of-the-Art Recording"

    What he loves about the best recording facilities available to student musicians.

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    Jess Wise

    Alumna
    "Opportunities"

    Director and co-owner of Spinning Owls Productions. explains how Kirby prepared her for her career in film.

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    Olivia

    Middle School Student
    "It's the food"

    Why she loves the fresh and local foods prepared by the in-house chefs.

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    Enid Brock

    Kirby Parent
    "They're Completely Prepared"

    Why she chose to send her three daughters to Kirby, where they have received a rigorous, academic education.

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    Abby Christopher

    Director of Athletics
    “Competitive Sports”

    Her favorite part of Kirby’s sports program.

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    Drew Lewis

    Art Division Head
    "Music Throughout Their Lives"

    Why he loves teaching music to Kirby students.

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    Amy Hemmert

    Kirby Parent
    "Love of Learning"

    Why her children, Dana and Brian, love attending Kirby School.

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    AnaLea

    Middle School Student
    "Caring Teachers"

    How the teachers at Kirby make sure every student is heard.

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    Christy Hutton

    Academic Counselor
    "Another Set of Eyes"

    The many ways Kirby watches over its students' academic performances.

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    Josh Cottrell

    Alumnus
    "It Definitely Paid Off"

    How the culture at Kirby prepared him for a career in bionics and business.

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    Analise

    High School Student
    "The Teachers Know You"

    Analise explains how the personal attention she receives from her attentive art instructors has increased her love of art.

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    Oscar and Alecia

    Kirby Athletes
    "I Came Here to Win"

    Eighth grader Oscar and senior Alecia explain why they prefer sports at Kirby.

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    Kirstin Olsen

    History Teacher
    "Sharing Artifacts"

    How she integrates her love of artifacts into her curriculum.

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    Laura Davis

    Kirby Parent
    "A Question of Values"

    How her children benefitted from Kirby's emphasis on small classes, a warm community, and multiple opportunities for her son and daughter in the Santa Cruz area.