Admissions / Overview

Kirby School is an independent, non-sectarian school serving students in grades 6 through 12.

Kirby at a Glance

Established in 1994, Kirby is an independent
6th through 12th grade college preparatory day school offering a non-sectarian curriculum
located in Santa Cruz, California.


Total number of faculty: 46
Percentage of faculty with advanced degrees: 59% (7 Doctorates, 20 Masters)


Current enrollment: 258
Middle School (81), High School (177)
Students of color: 30%
Average Classroom Size: 12 students

2019-2020 Tuition

Grades 6-7 $29,250
Grades 8-12 $33,900
International Students: $39,900
Grants and tuition assistance: $1,146,050 awarded to approximately 22% of our students (in ’18-’19)

Kirby 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).

Benefits of a Kirby education

Kirby offers a personalized education in college seminar-sized classes where inspiring faculty are highly responsive to each student.

We offer a wide range of options, including competitive and non-competitive athletics, a breadth of clubs and activities, dance companies, theater productions, music ensembles, and more.

Our facilities include middle and high school art studios, recording studios, computer labs, a kiln, a darkroom, and a printing press, to name a few. Check out our plans for an outdoor recreation area, coming in 2019!

We know a healthy balance of academics, arts, athletics, and activities and electives that fuel interests beyond the classroom are all essential educational experiences. At Kirby, students can create a custom education based on their interests and strengths.

Our graduates, with the support from our College Counseling team, matriculate to top colleges and universities, prepared to succeed.


Get to know us

Find out if Kirby will be a good fit for your family. There are many ways to see for yourself.

  • Attend an Open House
  • Take a personal tour
  • Join us for a student shadow day
  • Contact Emily Lamoureux, Admissions Director (pictured above) or Admissions Assistant, Cathy Conley, to guide you through the admissions process. Email ( or phone (831-423-0658 x202)
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