Fast Facts 2020

Upper School Profile 2020

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.

Sayre Fast Facts


  • 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
  • 85% of students received merit scholarships totaling over $6.4 million
  • 69% 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


  • 84% overall pass rate (scores of 3 or higher)
  • 100% of Upper School students taking the Chemistry, Computer Science A,  French Language, Physics C, and Statistics exams earned scores of 3 or higher
  • 93% of students taking the AP Calculus BC exam earned scores of 3 or higher
  • 92% of students taking the AP Physics I exam earned scores of 3 or higher
  • 94% of students taking the AP English Language exam earned scores of 3 or higher
  • 90% of students taking the AP US History exam earned scores of 3 or higher
  • 86% of students taking the Physics II exam earned scores of 3 or higher
  • 86% of seniors who took at least one AP exam earned scores of 3 or higher
  • 44% of juniors and seniors who took AP exams were 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
  • 54 seniors will attend 40 different colleges in 18 different states
  • 85% of seniors received merit scholarships, totaling over $6.4 million in college-sponsored, four-year scholarships
  • $119,000 average scholarship per student
  • 86% of the senior class completed one or more AP examinations
  • 4 National Merit Finalists; 1 National Merit Commended Scholar
  • 4 seniors participating in intercollegiate athletics
  • 52% of seniors scored 28 or above on the ACT; 37% scored 30 or above


American University

Amherst College

Appalachian State University

Auburn University

Austin Peay State University

Ball State University

Baylor University

Bluegrass Community & Technical College      

Boston University

Bryn Mawr College

Carnegie Mellon University

Case Western Reserve University

Centre College

Christopher Newport University

Claremont McKenna College

Clemson University

College of William & Mary

College of Wooster

Columbia University

Davidson College

Denison University

DePaul University

DePauw University

Drexel University

Duke University

Eastern Kentucky University

Eckerd College

Elon University

Emerson College

Emory University

Florida State University

Fordham University

Furman University

George Washington University

Georgetown University

Georgia Tech

Hamilton College

Hanover College

Harvard University

High Point University

Indiana University


Kenyon College

Lewis & Clark College

Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University New Orleans

Macalester College

Miami University

Mount Holyoke College

New England Conservatory of Music

New York University

North Carolina State University

Northeastern University

Northwestern University

Oberlin College

Ohio University

Ohio State University

Ohio Wesleyan University

Oxford College of Emory University

Purdue University

Randolph College

Randolph-Macon College

Reed College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rhodes College

Rice University

Rollins College

Samford University

Sarah Lawrence College

Savannah College of Art & Design

Skidmore College

Southern Methodist University

St. Lawrence University

Taylor University

The Juilliard School

Texas Christian University

Transylvania University

Tufts University

Tulane University

University of Alabama

University of California-San Diego

University of Cincinnati

UC – Conservatory of Music

University of Colorado

University of Delaware

University of Denver

University of Kentucky

University of Louisville

University of Maryland

University of Massachusetts

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

University of Mississippi

University of Missouri

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh

University of the South – Sewanee

University of South Carolina

University of Southern Mississippi

University of Tennessee

University of Texas-Austin

University of Virginia

Utrecht University (Netherlands)

Vanderbilt University

Virginia Commonwealth University

Wake Forest University

Washington & Jefferson College

Washington University in St. Louis

West Virginia University

Wesleyan University

Western Kentucky University

Williams College

Wofford College

Yale 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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