Fast Facts 2017

Upper School Profile 2017

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.


544        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
12          Central Kentucky counties represented


23% of students receive financial assistance totaling over $1.25 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 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


  • 81% of seniors who took an AP class earned a score of 3 or higher
  • 100% of Upper School students taking the AP French & AP Physics II exams earned scores of 3 or higher
  • 97% juniors taking the AP English Language exam earned scores of 3 or higher
  • 90% or more of students taking the AP Biology, AP Calculus BC and AP Physics I earned scores of 3 or higher
  • 75% of Sayre's AP scores were 3 or higher (53% Kentucky average)
  • 42% of AP students were designated as AP Scholars
  • 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)
  • 64 seniors will attend 38 different colleges in 20 different states, the District of Columbia and England
  • 80% of seniors received merit scholarships, totaling over $6 million
  • $95,000 average scholarship per student
  • 81% of the senior class completed one or more AP examinations
  • 7 seniors participating in intercollegiate athletics
  • 35% of seniors scored 28 or above on the ACT; 25% scored 30 or above
  • 40% of seniors who took AP classes were designated as AP Scholars; 10 were AP Scholars
    with Distinction; 2 were National AP Scholars
  • Seniors enrolled in 38 different colleges in 20 different states, including Bowdoin College, Centre College, Colby College, Emory University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, University of Florida, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, Washington and Lee University, and Washington University in St. Louis

American University

Anglia Ruskin University (England)

Appalachian State University

Auburn University

Baylor University

Bellarmine University

Belmont University

Birmingham Southern College

Boston University

Bowdoin College

British and Irish Modern Music Institute

Butler University

Calvin College

Case Western Reserve University

Centre College

Chapman University

Clemson University

Colby College

College of the Atlantic

College of Charleston

Colorado School of Mines

DePaul University

DePauw University

Eastern Kentucky University

Eckerd College

Elon University

Emory University

Flagler College

Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida State University

Furman University

George Washington University

Georgetown College

Georgetown University

Hampden-Sydney College

Hampshire College

Hanover College

High Point University

Kenyon College

Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (England)

Loyola Marymount University

Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Maryland

Loyola University New Orleans

Lynn University

Miami University (OH)

Millsaps College

Northeastern University

Nova Southeastern University

Oakwood University

Queens University of Charlotte

Randolph College



Roanoke College

Rhodes College

Rollins College

Samford University

Savannah College of Art and Design

St. John’s College (NM)

St. Lawrence University

Temple University

Texas Christian University (TCU)

Thomas More College

Transylvania University

University of Alabama

University of Arkansas

University of Colorado

University of Connecticut

University of Dayton

University of Delaware

University of Denver

University of Florida

University of Georgia

University of Illinois

University of Kentucky

University of Louisville

University of Maryland

University of Miami (FL)

University of Mississippi

University of Nebraska

University of New England

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina-Wilmington

University of Notre Dame

University of Oklahoma

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh

University of the South (Sewanee)

University of South Carolina

University of Southern California

University of Tampa

University of Tennessee

University of Virginia

Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Vanderbilt University

Wabash Valley College

Wake Forest University

Washington University in St. Louis

Washington and Lee University

Western Kentucky University

Winthrop University

Wittenberg University

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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