Fast Facts 2018

Upper School Profile 2018

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.


555        Students preschool through 12th grade
15          Average class size
7:1         Student-to-teacher ratio
73%       Full-time faculty with advanced degrees
20%       Students from diverse racial backgrounds
14          Central Kentucky counties represented


23% of students receive financial assistance totaling over $1.3 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 the Lower School 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 $6.5 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


  • 100% of Upper School students taking the AP Biology, Chemistry, Physics I & II, Calculus BC, French, Spanish, and Music Theory exams earned scores of 3 or higher
  • 97% of students taking the AP Statistics exam earned scores of 3 or higher
  • 93% of students taking the AP Environmental Science and English Language exams earned scores of 3 or higher
  • 93% of seniors who took at least one AP exam earned scores of 3 or higher (53% Kentucky average, 61% nationally)
  • 38% of the junior and senior class combined are designated as AP Scholars
  • 41% of Upper School students earned Kentucky High School Athletic Association Academic All-State Honors (cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher)
  • 77% 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
  • 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)
  • 63 seniors will attend 36 different colleges in 18 different states and the District of Columbia
  • 80% of seniors received merit scholarships, totaling over $6.5 million
  • $103,000 average scholarship per student
  • 70% of the senior class completed one or more AP examinations
  • 8 seniors participating in intercollegiate athletics
  • 59% of seniors scored 28 or above on the ACT; 46% 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

Amherst College
Asbury University
Auburn University

Bellarmine University
Belmont University
Bentley University
Boston University
Brandeis University
Bucknell University
Butler University
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Catholic University
Centre College
Clemson University
Colby College
College of William and Mary
College of Wooster
Colorado State University
Columbus College of Art and Design
Davidson College

Denison University
DePaul University
DePauw University
Dickinson College
Drexel University
Duke University
Eastern Kentucky University
Emory University
Franklin and Marshall College
Furman University
George Washington University
Georgetown College
Georgetown University
Georgia Tech
Grinnell College
High Point University
Indiana University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University New Orleans
Miami University
Midway University
Morehead State University
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University

Ohio State University
Pomona College
Presbyterian College
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Roanoke College
Rollins College
Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
Samford University
Santa Clara University
Southern Methodist University (SMU)
Transylvania University
University of Alabama
University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA)
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado-Boulder
University of Dayton
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Illinois
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
University of Maryland
University of Mississippi

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh     
University of Richmond

University of Rochester
University of San Francisco
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of Tampa
University of Tennessee

University of the South-Sewanee
University of Virginia
Vanderbilt University
Wake Forest University
Washington & Lee University
Washington University in St. Louis
Western Kentucky University
Williams College

Wofford College
Xavier 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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