Kirby Hall is a haven where children reach their potential through academic rigor lovingly applied.

This is a uniquely comfortable environment,
and you feel it right away.
– Teacher

The school is a mini-United Nations
a very diverse, global community.”

– Parent

We have a very good read on each child –
his or her abilities, challenges, and personality
and are able to nurture that in an effective way.”
– Teacher

There are no invisible children here.
– Parent

Mean is not tolerated.”
– Parent

“Work habits, study habits,
and time management are ingrained from day one.”
– Parent

Here, it’s okay to raise your hand and answer,
it’s okay not to know, but what’s not okay is not to try.”
– Teacher


BA, double major in History of Mathematics & Science and Philosophy

“Looking back at my time at Kirby Hall, what I see most clearly is that my family and I never had to expend any worry or energy on anything but being a student. I was easily able to find schedules that worked and pursue flexible and advanced studies with my teachers as necessary, and I could always trust that I was with peers, teachers, and instructors that knew and genuinely cared about me. Those aspects of my experience–which aren’t always particularly easy to quantify and compare–gave me the stability to engage fully in my interests and grow into a young adult who expected from and gave others sincere respect. Outside of an over-reliance on educational trends, a competitive atmosphere, and an impersonal relationship between school to student, I found in Kirby Hall an education that prepared me to be a flexible, powerful, and personable learner, colleague, and leader.

I would also highlight Kirby Hall’s ability to support students through personal struggles. Looking back at the challenges I faced in adolescence, I can so easily imagine becoming isolated in a larger institution and finding myself on my own against some difficult circumstances. As it was, I had the flexibility to take care of myself (and be taken care of) without sacrificing academic rigor or my connections with supportive peers. I doubt I looked like a 4.0 student at a challenging small liberal arts college during some parts of my time in high school; I credit Kirby Hall with supporting my growth through those challenging experiences so that I could flourish both there and later.”