Sayre School provides an innovative and inclusive learning environment that empowers students to achieve academic excellence, embrace challenge, and cultivate integrity in order to lead purposeful lives in an ever-changing world.

- ratified by the Board of Trustees, September 6, 2012 -


Founded in 1854 in Lexington, Kentucky, Sayre School is an independent coeducational college preparatory day school, serving students from Preschool through twelfth grade. Sayre promotes intellectual, emotional, physical, social and aesthetic growth in each of its students. The school strives to help each student realize his or her intrinsic worth, develop critical thinking, and acquire self-discipline.

Students participate in a wide range of courses and extracurricular activities in a community that appreciates individual interests, talents, and skills. The rigorous curriculum stretches the intellect and promotes creativity as it communicates knowledge, building a proper foundation for future education. Technology is an integral part of our program. Sayre teachers provide innovative and differentiated instruction and supportive interaction with students; students develop independent and analytical thinking skills and learn to communicate effectively with adults and each other.

Woven through all of Sayre’s endeavors is the objective of developing character within a moral framework. We help students understand the meaning of honorable behavior, the importance of accountability, the mandate of citizenship. Our downtown location extends the boundaries of the classroom, providing us with a rich array of resources for learning and service in our community.

Sayre students, teachers, administrators, staff, parents, trustees, and alumni share a spirit of mutual respect and kindness and continually strive to achieve excellence. We value equity, social justice, and the diverse perspectives of a multicultural world. As a community, we honor tradition and embrace change as we move toward the future.

- ratified by the Board of Trustees, March 18, 2010 -

Strategic Plan, Vision 2018


Founded in 1854 by David A. Sayre, Sayre School has accepted the challenge of the day to provide in David Sayre’s own words “an education of the widest range and highest order.”  A female institute until 1876, the school survived the tumultuous Civil War and Great Depression eras through adaptive decision making and an eye to the future.
Throughout the years the physical campus evolved as needs arose but has always centered around “Old Sayre,” the original five story Greek Revival centerpiece topped with its landmark cupola.


Sayre School values students as individuals and works to foster their understanding of themselves and their roles in the larger community.  Our core values of wisdom, integrity, respect, and compassion are woven throughout the school.

  Core Values in Action at Sayre

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