Fast Facts

Class of 2016 Profile

Fast Facts


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.


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.


542        Students preschool through 12th grade
15          Average class size
7:1         Student-to-teacher ratio
66%       Faculty holding advanced degrees
20%       Students from diverse racial backgrounds
15          Central Kentucky counties represented


24% of students receive financial assistance totaling over $1.19 million


  • Challenging college-preparatory curriculum unfolds incrementally across grade levels fostering critical thinking skills in a nurturing classroom setting
  • Small class size provides unique opportunities for seminar-style class discussions, extensive writing expectations, and individual help from teachers before, during or after school
  • 17 Advanced Placement Courses offered in the Upper School
  • Public speaking emphasis embedded in all levels of the curriculum
  • World Language instruction begins in Preschool
  • Technology integration begins with iPad usage in Preschool and culminates with a 1:1 laptop program in the Upper School.


  • 100% of students accepted to four-year colleges/universities
  • 80% of students received merit scholarships totaling over $6 million
  • 66% of students attend out-of-state colleges/universities
  • Sayre’s college counseling process (beginning in 9th grade) aims to identify colleges/universities where students will grow and thrive


  • 85% of seniors who took an AP class earned a score of 3 or higher
  • 100% of Upper School students taking the AP Biology, AP Spanish & AP French exams earned scores of 3 or higher
  • 77% or more of Upper School students taking the Calculus BC, Physics, Statistics, English Language, & US Government exams earned scores of 3 or higher
  • 76% of Upper School students earned AP scores of 3 or higher (47% higher than the Kentucky average)
  • 36% of Upper School students earned Kentucky High School Athletic Association Academic All-State Honors (cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher)
  • 80% of Upper and Middle School students participate in school-sponsored athletics
  • Sayre graduates have competed collegiately at the Division I, II and III level
  • 40 sports teams offered at the Varsity, Junior Varsity and Middle School level
  • 50-acre athletic complex and includes 4 soccer and lacrosse fields, baseball and softball diamonds, 10 tennis courts, and cross country course
  • 30% of 1st - 5th graders participate in Future Spartans Athletic Program
  • Student athletes have the opportunity to compete at a high level and reap the rich personal rewards that come from being part of a team


  • Visual arts, music, and drama are integrated into the curriculum at all levels as a core part of the academic experience, not just as electives
  • Performance and exhibit opportunities offered at Lower, Middle, and Upper School levels
  • Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
  • Kentucky Non-Public School Commission (KNPSC)
  • National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA)


  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • Kentucky Association of Independent Schools (KAIS)
  • National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC)
  • Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB)
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
  • 67 seniors will attend 43 different colleges in 24 different states, the District of Columbia and England
  • 80% of seniors received merit scholarships, totaling over $6 million
  • $91,000 average scholarship per student
  • 4 seniors will participate in intercollegiate athletics, one at the Division-I level
  • 48% of seniors scored 28 or above on the ACT; over a quarter of the class (27%) scored 30 or above
  • 60% of seniors who took AP classes were designated as AP Scholars; 13 were AP Scholars
    with Distinction; 2 were National AP Scholars
  • A sampling of college acceptances for members of the Class of 2016 includes: American University; Bucknell University; Butler University; Case Western Reserve University; Centre College; Columbia University; Dartmouth College; Duke University; Elon University; High Point University; Lafayette College; Lehigh University; Liberty University; Loyola Marymount University; Loyola University Chicago; Middlebury College; Northeastern University; University of California-San Diego; University of Illinois; University of Kentucky; University of Louisville; University of Mississippi; and Yale University
  • The class of 2016 ACT Composite score was a 26.4 (over 6 points higher than the state average of 20.0)

American University
Bard College
Baylor University
Bellarmine University
Belmont University
Berry College
Birmingham-Southern College
Boston University
Brescia University
Bucknell University
Butler University
Case Western Reserve University
Centre College
Clarkson University
Clemson University
Colby College
College of Charleston
College of William and Mary
College of Wooster
Colorado State University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Denison University
DePaul University
DePauw University
Dickinson College
Duke University
Earlham College
Eastern Kentucky University
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Fairfield University
Furman University
George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Guilford College
Hampden-Sydney College
Hanover College
Hendrix College
High Point University        
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Indiana University
Kenyon College
Lafayette College
Lehigh University
Lewis and Clark College
Liberty University
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Marist College
Marlboro College
Marquette University
Miami University
Michigan State University
Middlebury College
Morehead State University
Mount Holyoke College    
New York University
Northeastern University
Oberlin College
Ohio State University
Rhodes College
Sacred Heart University
Saint Mary’s College
Samford University
Santa Clara University
Sewanee: University of the South
Smith College
Southern Methodist University (SMU)
Stetson University
Swarthmore College
Texas Christian University (TCU)
Transylvania University
Tusculum College
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
University of California-San Diego
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Dayton
University of Denver
University of Evansville
University of Georgia
University of Illinois
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
University of Mississippi
University of Montana
University of North Carolina-Charlotte
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pikeville
University of Pittsburgh
University of Puget Sound
University of South Carolina
University of Tennessee
University of Virginia
University of Wyoming
Villanova University
Wake Forest University
Warren Wilson College
Washington University in St. Louis
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Western Kentucky University
Whitman College
Wittenberg University
Wofford College
Yale University
Sayre School admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
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