Fast Facts 2019

Upper School Profile 2019

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.

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  • 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


  • 87% overall pass rate (scores of 3 or higher)
  • 100% of Upper School students taking the AP Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science,  Physics II & C, English Language, French Language, Spanish Language, and Studio Art exams earned scores of 3 or higher
  • 95% of students taking the AP Physics I exam earned scores of 3 or higher
  • 94% of students taking the AP US Government exam earned scores of 3 or higher
  • 93% of students taking the AP Calculus AB and Statistics exam earned scores of 3 or higher
  • 89% of students taking the Calculus BC exam earned scores of 3 or higher
  • 94% of seniors who took at least one AP exam earned scores of 3 or higher
  • 44% 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 four fields for football, soccer and lacrosse, 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
  • 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   


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

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University of Tampa

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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


  • Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
  • Kentucky Non-Public School Commission (KYNPSC)
  • 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)

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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