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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    B
Address
425 Encinal Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Telephone
(831) 423-0658
Website

Applying

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee
$75
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$28,500
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
22%
Average Financial Aid
$19,000
From Kirby School

Kirby students enter the finest colleges in the world and do exceptionally well on SAT and AP tests. Our School Profile includes information on which colleges our graduates attend, test scores, high school graduation requirements and offered courses. Information included is from the previous school year.

Through intellectual challenge in a responsive environment, Kirby empowers students to shape their futures with confidence. Our students learn to think critically, develop their creativity, and engage diverse communities with thoughtfulness and respect.

Kirby School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1370
49 responses
Average ACT
30
31 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.5 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.5 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Spirit Days
    25%
  • Thanksgiving pie feed
    25%
  • Picnics
    19%
  • Senior Prank Day
    13%
  • Spirit Basketball Games
    13%
  • Grandparents and Significant Other's Day
    6%

    Students

    Diversity
    A
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    273
    67%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.6 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.6 responses
    33%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.6 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    4:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    88%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.8 responses
    Poll
    88%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.8 responses
    Poll
    88%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.8 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    100%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.5 responses
    60%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.5 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.5 responses
    Living in the Area
    A-
    Overall Niche Grade
    How are grades calculated?
    1. Cost of Living
      D
    2. Good for Families
      B
    3. Housing
      C-
    Median Household Income
    $65,421
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,634
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $750,600
    National
    $184,700

    Kirby School Reviews

    36 reviews
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    Kirby is a well-rounded college-prep school with small class sizes and teachers that actually like teaching. I had two children go thru this school (my second is currently a sophomore) and would it recommend highly to anyone. Faculty and administration are responsive. Programs can be tailored to students and special classes (with enough interest) are possible! Their music program is unparalleled... including orchestra and choir. Theater, Art, Dance etc. What I appreciate most about this school is the relationships my kids have developed with the various teachers. *THIS* is what drives them. Thank you Kirby!
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    My child is in their 3rd year at Kirby, and we are positive that in Kirby, we found the best school environment for our family. We appreciate the atmosphere of inclusivity and kindness, as well as the academically-enriching curriculum. The small class sizes are wonderfully conducive to participation and active learning. The school day has a later start time than most schools, which is a model that has been suggested of all middle and high schools. The lunches are delicious and healthy, and the students actually enjoy the meals. Tuition is economically challenging, but Kirby does offer financial aid and assistance, so please don't let that stop you from exploring this amazing school as an option for your own child.
    I have one daughter who is an alumna and another in 10th grade. Kirby has been a great choice for both of my girls, giving them plenty of intellectual challenge, welcoming learning environment, and wonderful team sport experience. Students have the option to tailor curriculums to serve their passion and interests, while completing requirements for graduation. I would highly recommend Kirby to anyone looking for excellent education in a positive and friendly learning environment.