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About This Site...

First of all, let's be perfectly clear, this Web site is NOT the official Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School Web site.

We are a group of enthusiastic parents, students, teachers, and alumni who feel so passionately about our school that we've created this Web site as a way to let others know about this premier "gem of a school" right here in Santa Cruz County.

We hope you'll take a few moments to peruse the site and that, if you like what you see, you'll visit the official Kirby School Web site for an in-depth view of what we feel is THE best Santa Cruz high school and middle school.


About Kirby School


Kirby is a "gem of a school."

Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School, often referred to as "Kirby," is a non-profit independent school, located in Santa Cruz, California. The school educates students in grades 6 – 12, with a focus on academic excellence, exceptional arts, and inclusive athletics.

Our community of parents, students, teachers, administrators, alumni, and grandparents is warm, welcoming, and supportive. Kirby teachers are kind, smart, exceedingly competent, well-educated, and accomplished. The Kirby environment is one in which all members are valued as individuals and appreciated for what they bring to the table, whether it's academic, artist, athletic, musical, or something completely different.

We invite you to come by, introduce yourself, and take a look around. And be prepared to experience an ah-ha moment!

Mission Statement

Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School provides an education of the highest quality in both academics and the arts. Kirby prepares middle and high school students to succeed in college, to become informed and engaged citizens, and to lead lives of ongoing inquiry.

The distinguished faculty challenges students through rigorous coursework while cultivating an enthusiasm for learning within a friendly, caring, and safe environment. The school recognizes students as unique human beings and fosters an inclusive and diverse educational community based on mutual respect.

History and General Information

Established in 1994, Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School is named for a Santa Cruz pioneer who devoted her life to education, freedom, and enfranchisement. In August 2006, the school moved to the Harvey West area of Santa Cruz, across from the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. Kirby's commitment to financial aid, a fundamental part of the school's mission, is designed to support a highly qualified and diverse student body. For the 2010-2011 academic year, for example, 33% of Kirby’s students received financial assistance, totaling $650,000. Kirby enrolls approximately 80 students in the middle school and 140 in the high school. The average class size is 12 students.

The school admits students on a competitive basis without regard to race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, religion, physical disability, national origin or other legally protected status.

Visual and Performing Arts Programs

The Music Department offers a range of theory and application courses and offers a wide selection of musical performance groups including chorus, chamber choir, jazz choir, jazz instrumental ensemble, and/or orchestra. These groups participate in musical and theatrical performances and in state and national musical competitions. Many Kirby students audition and are selected for the Central Coast Section, Regional, and State Honor Choirs and Orchestras by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the Music Educators Association (CMEA).


How cool is this?

The Kirby cafeteria serves wholesome, nourishing food, all made from scratch. The emphasis is on using primarily natural and local, organic ingredients. Our brilliant chef, Rene, brings a wealth of experience to the kitchen. The preparations include NO trans-fats, added sugars, or artificial ingredients. The kid-friendly preparations encourage the students to taste before purchasing so they can expand their horizons. They are also encouraged to work in the kitchen before, during, and after school, prepping vegetables, washing dishes, and learning what real cooking is all about.

Every day, over sixty percent of our kids choose Chef Rene's healthy lunch.

And...there's no junk food or soda machines on campus.

And...our cafeteria uses reusable plates, cups, bowls, and utensils, making our lunches and events waste free!

Read what the Santa Cruz Sentinel has to say about the healthy lunch program at Kirby.

See the Kirby healthy lunch program in action.