I will get straight to the point! If you have a highly intelligent child who truly can appreciate learning, Kirby Hall is paradise. Somehow this beautiful High School attracts genius professors who prefer the small classrooms filled with gifted children.
Absolutely the best school for smart kids who love to learn. My fifth grader is loving all her classes, even history. She is excelling and looks forward to school. She is responsible and keeps track of her work and things to bring to school. I cannot ask for more from a ten year old. Thank you, Kirby Hall!!
Kirby Hall has a terrific high school. My daughter is a junior this year, and this is her second year at Kirby Hall. She is challenged in every class but never overwhelmed with homework. The teachers only give meaningful homework, and because of her study hall, she is able to get a lot of it done at school. This leaves time for her to join extracurriculars and sports. I should mention that prospective students shouldn’t be intimidated by the academic rigor of Kirby Hall. Although academics is what the school is known for, it’s not THAT hard. The teachers go out of their way to help the students meet their expectations. It’s a cooperative and supportive, not competitive, environment. At first, we were nervous some of the classes would be too hard for our daughter, but she has done really well. I think it's a great fit for conscientious students looking for a smaller, less stressful environment than you find in some of the public schools. The size of the high school is small and intimate, and she actually has more friends here than she did at the big public schools she used to attend. The parents and students are friendly and open to all newcomers, so it is easy to fit in no matter what your personality. This is hands-down, my favorite school.
I think the high school actually gives a little less homework than some of the pre-AP and AP classes in public school. All homework is for a reason and no busywork. They also get a study hall starting in middle school, which helps a lot in getting work done at school.
Every teacher we've encountered is a professional at what they do. They're the best of the best. The the teacher isn't a good fit, the administration isn't afraid to act fast, which is how they maintain their top standards. The teachers and administrators make this school.
Teachers and administrators treat their students with honesty, integrity, and fairness, and promote these values in their students. It is not uncommon to see an older student holding the door and helping one of the younger students. The close relationships and respect for one another help foster these values.