Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School
|Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School|
|Santa Cruz, California, United States|
|Head of School||Dr. Josh Karter|
|Average class size||12|
Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School, often referred to as Kirby or GBK, is a non-profit independent school located in Santa Cruz, California. The school educates in grades 6–12 and enrolls 220 students as of the 2009–2010 academic year.
|“||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. Our 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, early suffragist, educator, and public speaker.
The school provides access to financial aid services for families who show interest in enrolling their children. For the 2009-2010 academic year more than one-quarter of the students received financial assistance. Kirby enrolls 80 students in the middle school grades and 140 in high school. The average class size is 12 students. Only the choirs reach above 25 students.
Visual and performing arts programs
The Music Department offers a range of theory and application courses and offers a 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 California Music Educators Association (CMEA). The theater program puts on two performances each year. Auditions for the performances are open for all grades and genders.
Academic achievements and recognition
In 2006, the College Board Advanced Placement Report to the Nation[dead link] recognized Kirby students as the "Best in the World" in Art History performance by a school with 300 or fewer students. In the spring of 2009, Kirby students took 99 AP exams. 94% scored 3 or higher (college credit) and 47% achieved the maximum score of 5.
From 1999 through 2009, Kirby graduated 250 students, of which thirty-six (15%) earned National Merit recognition.
INK is published by students in Kirby's Journalism course and is regularly recognized by the Columbia School of Journalism, the National Scholastic Press Association, and Quill & Scroll for its quality reporting. INK has garnered numerous Certificates of Merit, First Place ratings, Gold Circle Awards, and National Winners.
The student council and individual classes sponsor school-wide and community service projects. The School's primary ongoing service project in 2008-2009 has been to help build the Ufani Primary School in Tanzania.
Kirby is a member of the Central Coast Section of the California Interscholastic Federation and participates as part of their Mission Trails Athletics League.
Middle School: boys' and girls' basketball, girls' volleyball, flag football, ultimate Frisbee, mountain biking, track and field, and cross country.
High School: boys' and girls' basketball, girl's soccer, girls' volleyball (JV and Varsity), mountain biking, ultimate Frisbee, track and field, cross country, and swimming.
Students can also participate in sports clubs which meet regularly but do not officially compete: surfing, tennis, fencing, martial arts, and softball.