Giving / Ways To Give

At Kirby, exceptional is a way of life.

Individualized attention, innovative curriculum, and seminar-sized classes averaging 12 students are a few ways Kirby inspires a lasting curiosity and prepares students for college and life. Kirby depends on the generosity of family, friends, faculty, alumni, and the larger Santa Cruz community because:

  • Tuition alone covers roughly 80% of what it takes to educate a Kirby student for a year.
  • Your gift enables Kirby to implement innovative programs and maintain incredible faculty.
  • There is no greater investment in your children than through education.

An independent school having the caliber of excellence and student-focus comparable to the best schools anywhere...” Click here to read the full testimonial of former independent school teacher and administrator at the Harvard-Westlake School and Albuquerque Academy–and a member of the Kirby community.

Considering a legacy gift? Click here to read about Eric Child’s estate gift.

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We welcome support in many forms:

  • Online Giving: Click here to donate on our secure site.
  • CheckDrop off a check made payable to Kirby School or mail to 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 ATTN: Sandie Shoemaker. Please include “Annual Giving” in the memo.
  • Recurring Gifts: We will automatically charge your credit card for the gift amount you entered with the frequency and number of payments you choose.
  • Employer Matching Gift Programs:  Gift matching is a way to increase the value of your own charitable gift through your employer.  Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.  Contact Sandie Shoemaker at 831.423.0658 x224 or
  • Securities:  A charitable gift of appreciated stock may provide an opportunity for tax savings while generously supporting Kirby. It is not our position to offer tax or legal advice. Before you make a gift of stock or mutual funds — particularly a significant gift — be sure to talk with your professional financial advisor to determine how such a gift may affect your overall financial plan, and consult your tax advisor for more detailed information about the tax consequences of your gift. For more information on giving a gift of stock, please contact Sandie Shoemaker at 831.423.0658 x224 or

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2016-2017 Annual Report

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