Admissions / International Students

We offer a compelling blend of California culture and world-class academics.

Kirby offers students from other countries a compelling blend of California culture and a world-class college prep education, with a healthy balance of electives, advanced math and science classes, and a fully-integrated performing and visual arts program. 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 I-20 visas. I-20s are issued once a student has been accepted, and their enrollment contract and tuition payment have been received.

Knowing the English Language

Kirby is a college preparatory school with a rigorous curriculum within a lively, engaged community. International students should be ready to function in classrooms where instruction is provided only in English. Incoming students must be able to read high school level texts and write academic essays in English.

International applicants must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and submit the scores to Kirby as part of the admissions process. The applicant will also interview with the Director of International Admissions, either in person or via the Internet.


International students must have a legal guardian in the Santa Cruz area. International students live with their own families or with a host family. Kirby does not provide housing for students.

International Student Support

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 here. Amy Hemmert is Kirby’s Director of International Admissions and is also the International Student Dean. As a long-time member of the Kirby community and a mother herself, Amy knows every international student on a personal level, and is committed to the success of each student in her care. 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. Amy also communicates regularly with teachers, parents, agents, and host families.

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 our International Admissions Director, Amy Hemmert, by phone at (831) 423-0658 × 209 or by email at