8th Grader Meets with Mayor Jim Gray
Tian Xie, native of Suzhou, China, and a new Sayre eighth grader, met Mayor Jim Gray on April 10th. Tian was also given a tour of Lexington's Traffic Management Center and received a pin of the famous race horse "Lexington." On April 12th, Tian will follow this trip with another outing in Lexington, this time to the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning and the Lexington Public Library.
Tian's tour of downtown is part of the instruction he is receiving in English as a Second Language with Ms. Carolyn Hackworth. Over the years, Ms. Hackworth has tutored many International students at Sayre as they progress through their studies.
International Admission Forms
The forms below are required for all international students wishing to study at
Preliminary I-20 Form
Sayre School boasts a significant and active international family population. Some Upper School international students enroll at Sayre through recognized student exchange programs, and others enroll for multiple years and live with relatives in the greater Lexington community. With so many international students and faculty at the University of Kentucky, it is fairly common for the children of international families as well as their nieces and nephews to seek out the superior college preparatory educational opportunities offered at Sayre School.
International families moving to Lexington who have children wishing to enroll at Sayre should simply follow the procedures under “Admission Process.” Students who wish to apply in grades 9 – 12 as a part of a recognized international exchange program or as an independent international student inquiring directly to Sayre must complete the following steps.
International Application Procedure
Submit an application for admission along with the application fee. The application fee for international students is $125. All specific questions regarding any of these procedures should be communicated to Jeff Oldham, Director of Admission.
- Submit the Preliminary I-20 information sheet with the application for admission.
- Submit transcripts for all the student’s previous and current high school grades or grades for the last two years if entering at grade nine.
- Submit a recent Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
- Complete and return essays sent from the Sayre School Admission Office.
Once these four requirements have been submitted and evaluated, the student will receive a letter either allowing or denying admission to Sayre School. Then the family must:
- Complete the Enrollment Contract sent with the letter of acceptance and return it to Sayre School.
- Make an appointment for an interview to present the SEVIS I-20 form prepared by Sayre School to the US Embassy or Consulate nearest to the student’s home. NOTE: The visa can only be granted 120 days or less in advance of the beginning date of Sayre School for the upcoming school year.
- Make living arrangements and accommodations for the student’s 10-month course of study at Sayre School. Sayre does not provide accommodations for international students but will assist students in making local connections with possible host families.
- Arrive in Lexington, Kentucky and report to the Sayre School Admission Office prior to the first day of school with your passport, visa, and Sayre School enrollment information.
As the only independent college preparatory school in Lexington, Kentucky, Sayre School is granted the authority to admit and host international students as part of an exchange/visitors program through the US Department of Homeland Security’s Student Exchange and Visitors Program (SEVP). Once the student arrives and begins school, the Sayre School Admission Office will monitor the student’s progress and his/her travel to and from the US through the Student and Exchange Visitors Information System (SEVIS). Students can study at Sayre School from one to four years through this program.