USA California, USA
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Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School

Established: 1994

School Facts

  • Number of Students
  • Student Population
    CoEd - School for both genders
  • Accommodation
    Homestay Accommodation
  • Religious Affiliation
    Not religious
  • Program Length Available
    Multiple Year, Fall Semester, Fall Year, Spring Year

School Description

Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory High School is located two hours south of San Francisco in one of the most picturesque beach towns in the US. A private, independent day school, it offers 15 Honors and Advanced Placement Courses, including four intensive paths in art, science and technology, humanities, and languages.

The one-acre campus features a printing press for book making, an audio engineering lab,with recording studios, and a photography dark room. It has large music room and art rooms, plus dance, drama and ceramics studios, as well.

Students are encouraged to be physically active. More than half the students participate in athletics—both traditional and non-traditional sports like mountain biking, surfing, sailing, and ultimate frisbee. Georgiana has a stellar fine arts program with facilities to aid students in their creativity whether they join fine arts courses or clubs after school.

In 2006, Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory High School was named the “Best in the World” in Advanced Placement Art History for a school of its size. The school newspaper is regularly recognized for its quality by the Columbia School of Journalism, the National Scholastic Press Association and Quill & Scroll.

Santa Cruz sits along the northern edge of California’s Monterey Bay. A classic American seaside town, it’s known for its moderate climate, ancient redwood forests, and natural coastline. The Santa Cruz Beach & Boardwalk is great for surfers and world famous for its landmark wooden roller coaster.

  • 9, 10, 11, 12 Grades at School
  • 2 acres Campus Size
  • 9% Percentage of International Students
Diploma Year Offered?
Student Population
CoEd - School for both genders
Teacher/Student Ratio
Average Class Size
SAT Average
ACT Average
English as Second Language (ESL) Support Available
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country Running, Golf, Sailing, Sailing, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball
Art, Art, Book Arts, Ceramics, Drama, Photography, Studio Art - Drawing, Studio Art: 2D Design, Studio Art: 3-D Design
Chamber Choir, Chamber Choir, Choir, Jazz Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Music Theory, Music Theory, Orchestra
Advanced Courses (AP, A-Levels)
Art History, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Comparative Government and Politics, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, Physics C, Spanish Language and Culture, Statistics, US Government and Politics, US History
American Sign Language, Latin, Latin, Spanish
Clubs and Extracurricular
Ballroom Dancing, Ballroom Dancing, Chess Club, Epicurean Philosophy, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Math Team, Mountain Bike, Mountain Bike, Quantum Physics, Student IT, Surf Club
Accepting Students in Grades
Ages Accepted
ELTiS Required
Not Accepted
TOEFL Required
TOEFL Junior Required
Other - Eligibility Requirements?
Supplemental Form: Natural Parent Questionnaire *Will accept semester students in Fall


Kirby’s International Students Program makes sure we all feel welcomed and get to know our classmates well and as fast as possible. The staff is constantly understanding of our situation and possible adaptation issues. Summing up, the program allows you to deepen your knowledge in the areas that interest you, while respecting everyone’s culture and experience.

Clarissa from Brazil

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