“I am not afraid to fail, for I know that Sayre has prepared me, not just for college, but for life. I can make independent decisions without my parent telling me what exactly I need to do to get the best grades, be involved in the “right” clubs, or make “important” connections. I am also not afraid to fail because I know that I have an extensive support group that will be behind me no matter what I decide to do.”
~Claire Simon, Sayre Class of 2011
Harvard University, Class of 2015
Welcome to the Upper School. I hope you will spend a few minutes browsing through the various links to get a feel for our academic program. A brief tour will give you a glimpse into the rich and varied opportunities we provide our students as they progress through the Upper School.
The Upper School building itself is designed to facilitate these interactions with open communal gathering spaces such as the central atrium where we hold our twice weekly, Morning Meetings, and smaller conference rooms for group study and collaboration. Sayre's Upper School is a vibrant and active place, and I encourage you to call and make an appointment to visit us.
- Our downtown location has a campus-like feel. Sayre’s community spirit is strong and welcoming. Students develop skills in time-management as individual freedom and responsibility increase through senior year.
- 65 members of the Class of 2011 received college sponsored four-year merit scholarships amounting to over $6 million ($6,043,130), an average of $93,000 per student.
- Out of 207 AP tests taken in the Upper School in 2011, 76% earned scores of 3 or better. The national average for these AP tests is 61%.
- Our average class size of 11 students and a Student to Faculty ratio of 7:1 provide unique opportunities: seminar-style class discussions, extensive writing expectations, and individual help from teachers before, during or after school.
- The school's wireless network and laptop program and its commitment to use technology to enrich student learning enhance the educational experience.
- 100% of the Upper School classrooms are equipped with SmartBoards and projectors.
- Online assignment calendar and report cards, faculty webpages, online library resources available 24/7, and more.
- The Upper School eight period schedule allows for Fine Arts and elective classes to be included each year. Student art work has been featured regularly in downtown Gallery Hops.
- The required Public Speaking course and a wide choice of writing courses fulfill the English Department's 5 credit requirement for graduation. Seniors write a 10-12 page research paper in History using sources at the UK Law Library.
- The Don Jacobs Seminars deal with issues of personal finance and civic responsibility. Mentors work with small groups of seniors throughout the year.
- Last year, students in the Upper School gave more than 6500 hours of service to local agencies. In the past five years, the student-run Philemon Society has given away more than $60,000 of funding to local agencies.
Sayre Upper School Student Handbook