Welcome to the Sayre Admission page!  We appreciate your interest in discovering the Sayre Difference and the life-long value of a Sayre education.  With over 580 students from Preschool to 12th grade, the Sayre community brings together families from all backgrounds who want their children to excel academically in a nurturing environment that supports every aspect of their growth and development.
Our team is here to assist you with questions and next steps.  Libby Clay focuses on Preschool and grades K-4, while Jeff Oldham leads admission for Middle School (grades 5-8) and Upper School (grades 9-12) and oversees the Financial Aid process.
Campus visits in 2020-21 will follow health and safety guidelines for COVID-19.  Video calls are also a great way to include faculty and division heads in getting to know you and your child. 
We look forward to connecting with your family!

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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.

Fast Facts Infographic


  • 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 the Lower School and culminates with a 1:1 laptop program in the Upper School.


  • 100% of students accepted to four-year colleges/universities
  • 81% of students received merit scholarships totaling over $10 million
  • 57% 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


  • 73 seniors will attend 41 different colleges in 16 different states
  • 81% of seniors received merit scholarships, totaling over $10 million in college-sponsored, four-year scholarships
  • $138,000 average scholarship per student
  • 74% of the senior class completed one or more AP examinations
  • 3 seniors participating in intercollegiate athletics
  • 56% of seniors scored 28 or above on the ACT; 41% scored 30 or above
  • 54% of the senior class were designated as AP Scholars; 19 were AP Scholars with Distinction; 4 were National AP Scholars
CHOICES (in bold)

American University

Appalachian State University

Arizona State University

Auburn University

Babson College

Baylor University

Bellarmine University

Belmont University

Boston College

Boston University

Brown University

Butler University

Case Western Reserve University

Centre College

Chapman University

Colby College

Clemson University

College of Charleston

College of William and Mary

College of Wooster

Colorado State University

Columbia College Chicago

Columbia University

Dalhousie University

Denison University

DePaul University

DePauw University

Dickinson College

Duke University

Earlham College

East Tennessee State University

Eastern Kentucky University

Eckerd College

Elon University

Emory and Henry College

Florida Atlantic University

Florida State University

Fordham University

Furman University

George Washington University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Grinnell College

Hampden-Sydney College

High Point University

Indiana University

Kenyon College

Lafayette College

Louisiana State University

Loyola Marymount University

Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Maryland

Loyola University New Orleans

Massachusetts Institute of Technology   

McGill University

Miami University

Michigan State University

Middle Tennessee State University

Morehead State University

Mount Holyoke College

Murray State University

North Carolina State University

Northeastern University

Northern Kentucky University

Northern Ohio University

Ohio State University

Oklahoma State University

Otterbein University

Palm Beach Atlantic University

Purdue University

Randolph College

Rhodes College

Roanoke College

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Samford University

Santa Clara University

Savannah College of Art & Design

Smith College

Southern Adventist University

Southern Methodist University

Stetson University

Stony Brook University

Texas A & M University

Texas Christian University

Transylvania University

Tulane University

Union College

University of Alabama

University of Arizona

University of Arkansas

University of California-Berkeley

University of California-Irvine

University of Cincinnati

University of Colorado

University of Dayton

University of Denver

University of Florida

University of Georgia

University of Illinois

University of Kansas

University of Kentucky

University of Louisville

University of Maryland

University of Michigan

University of Mississippi

University of Missouri

University of Nevada-Las Vegas

University of North Texas

University of Richmond

University of Rochester

University of Saint Thomas

University of San Diego

University of The South-Sewanee

University of South Carolina

University of Southern California

University of Tampa

University of Tennessee

University of Virginia

University of Wisconsin

Vanderbilt University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Wake Forest University

Washington and Lee University

Western Kentucky University

Wittenberg University

Wofford College

Xavier University

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Based on receipt of federal financial assistance through a Paycheck Protection Program loan administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under the CARES Act, the School acknowledges its obligation to prohibit discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, citizenship status, genetic information, handicap or disability in admissions, access, employment, tuition assistance, educational policies, or other school administered student and employee programs and activities. Questions regarding the School’s compliance with the application and administration of the School’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to Cindy Eason, Title IX Compliance Officer, 194 North Limestone Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40507, (859) 254-1361 ext. 222,; Rich Little, Title IX Compliance Officer, 194 North Limestone Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40507, (859) 254-1361 ext. 221,; Brooks McLamb, Section 504 Compliance Officer, 194 North Limestone Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40507, (859) 254-1361 ext. 213,; or the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) or to the SBA. Please refer to the School’s SBA Non-Discrimination Compliance Policy on the School’s website for information on how to file complaints with OCR or the SBA.

Posted May 12, 2020

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