Kirby offers students from other countries a compelling blend of California culture and challenging studies, with a healthy balance of electives, extracurricular sports, arts and performances. Kirby welcomes applications for grades 9-12. Most international students enroll at Kirby for a minimum of two years, but applicants wishing to study abroad for a single year are also welcome. 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.
Kirby is a college preparatory school with a rigorous curriculum and lively, engaged 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).
International students must have a guardian in the United States, which may be available through an agency. Kirby does not provide housing for students, however, supporting our international students is a priority. We love and value what they bring to the school, and we truly understand the unique joys and cultural challenges they experience while they’re here. Our associate dean for international students, a mother herself, knows every student and is committed to his or her success. She meets with students regularly to ensure that they’re thriving both academically and socially and that they’re actively involved in the Kirby community. She also communicates regularly with teachers, parents, agents, and host families.
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.