Admissions / Apply to Kirby

We’re delighted you’re interested in applying to Kirby School! Our application packet is below.

We consider applications year-round through a rolling admissions and offer priority consideration to applications received by February 1, 2019. Priority Applications are reviewed first, and available spaces are offered first, to candidates who submit an application by this date.

We also offer a Tuition Assistance program. If you are interested in applying for Tuition Assistance, we offer a Priority Deadline and Secondary Deadline. Please be aware that Admissions Applications are processed independently from Tuition Assistance Applications. Please visit our Tuition and Affording Kirby page for more information.

Step by step application instructions are included in the Application Packet. Additional information about applying to Kirby School is outlined below. Our Admissions team welcomes the opportunity to help. Contact Amy Hemmert, Admissions Director, and Emily Lamoureux, Admissions Assistant, at or (831) 423-0658 x 202 to guide you through the process.

Kirby School does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, physical disability or national origin.

Admissions Application Packet for U.S. Students

Click here to download the Admissions Application Packet or contact us and we’ll send you one in the mail. We encourage applicants to visit Kirby at an Open House, a Shadow Day or a tour before completing an application. If you have questions at any time during the application process, please contact our Admissions team, Amy Hemmert and Emily Lamoureux, at or (831) 423-0658 x 202. We are happy to help. Our application includes:

Application Form and Parent and Student Statements
Complete the application form, the parent statement and the student statement forms (handwritten by the student) which are in the Application Packet. The packet may be downloaded (click on the link) or you may request one by mail. Once completed, mail, email or fax these forms to Kirby School, along with the $75 application fee.

Send the Academic Records Request form in the application kit (which may be downloaded here and printed at home) to the applicant’s current school. They will send your academic records directly to the Kirby Admissions Office. Documents can be sent via fax or email, or mailed in hard copy. These documents should not be collected by the applicant.

Letters of Recommendation
Send the three recommendation forms also found in the application kit (which may also be downloaded and completed digitally) to the applicant’s current school. These must be completed by your student’s English teacher, Math teacher and principal or counselor and sent directly to the Kirby Admissions Office. These documents should not be collected by the applicant.

Completed forms may be returned to Kirby through any of the following:
By mail: ATTN Admissions Office, Kirby School, 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
By fax: (831) 423-0679
By email:

What’s next?
Once your Admissions Application is complete (including transcripts and recommendation forms), the Admissions Office will contact you to schedule a student interview and writing assessment. If you’re planning to apply for financial aid, you will need to submit your Admissions Application by the February 1, 2019 and return the supporting documents and complete your interview by March 4, 2019, as well as complete the Financial Aid Application by February 15, 2019. Please read through the Tuition and Affording Kirby section for specific instructions and contact us if you have any questions. We’re here to help.

Admissions Application Process for International Students

In-year Transfers

For information about openings in specific grades, please contact the Admissions Office by phone at (831) 423-0658 x 202 or by email at