Welcome to the Upper School. We provide our students with rich and varied opportunities for academic and personal growth. Our exceptionally diverse curricular offerings and co-curricular programs promote collaboration, exploration and active learning. Our faculty know their students as people first, acknowledging and valuing their students’ strengths. We encourage students to take risks, develop talents and affinities, and excel in their areas of strength.
“The impact of the freedom and opportunities Sayre has offered up to us is apparent in the senior class. We’ve got aspiring artists, engineers, screenwriters, entrepreneurs, songwriters, future judges, scholars and scientists.” ~ Greg Kimmerer '18, attending Emory University
The Upper School building is designed to facilitate interactions with open communal gathering spaces such as the central atrium where we hold Morning Meetings and students perform public speaking speeches while smaller conference rooms are used for collaboration and quiet study. Sayre’s college-like campus, located in Lexington's historic district, promotes student autonomy, as they learn to think critically, value honorable behavior, and develop the skills and maturity necessary to succeed in college and beyond.
“It is also important to not lose sight of this key principle: that you are the one thing in life that you have complete control over. Your outlook, your attitude and the way that you treat others are all in your power, so use that for good.” ~ Ellie Webb '18, attending Georgetown University
“I decided that New York would be fine without me, and that I could have a greater impact here, in the community that I care about. And so I came home to Kentucky. Here, I’ve been about to design libraries, senior centers, and public clinics, and seen how welcoming and thoughtful buildings can strengthen communities and give people a vision of a new and better future.” ~ Harding Dowell ’01
Baccalaureate Speech to the Class of 2019
Group 4 Architecture, Research and Planning, Architect