Admissions / International Students

We offer a compelling blend of California culture and challenging studies.

Kirby offers students from other countries a compelling blend of California culture and challenging studies, with a healthy balance of electives and extracurricular sports and performances. Kirby welcomes applications for grades 9-12. We require that students plan on being enrolled for at least two years. Exceptions may be made for unusual circumstances. Please contact the school prior to applying.

Kirby is authorized by the U.S. Government to issue an I-20 VISA, once a student has been accepted and enrolled for admission.

Knowing the English Language

Kirby is a college preparatory school with a rigorous curriculum and lively environment. International students should be ready to function well in a classroom where instruction is provided only in English. We require fluent reading and writing in English.

International applicants must take the English Proficiency SLEP (Secondary Level English Proficiency) test in their native country and submit the scores to Kirby as part of the admissions process. This test measures non-native speakers’ listening and reading comprehension. The applicant will also interview with the director of admissions (this is often done over the Internet).

Guardian and Living Arrangements

International students must have a guardian in the United States, which may be available through an agency. Kirby does not provide housing for students. Students should plan to live with relatives, close family friends, or with a host family arranged through the student’s agent while attending our school.

To Apply

Please start by reviewing the International Student Guidelines and Application Package and the International Tuition and Fee Schedule.

For more information, please contact the Admissions Office at (831) 423-0658×202 or online.