Character Development

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. Our efforts to promote these core values include classes, clubs, and activities to reach all students. Topics and skills are taught and practiced on a developmentally appropriate continuum centered on these themes: student mentoring, giving back to community, understanding personal and cultural differences, awareness of self, and development of social skills.

Sayre defines its core values as:
Wisdom – knowledge of what is right combined with sound judgment
Integrity – understanding and practice of what is honest, decent, and good
Respect – holding self and others in high regard
Compassion – empathy for others combined with helpful action

The Honor Council

The Honor Code is an integral part of life in the Upper School. The following statement is adapted from the Honor Council’s Constitution:

Sayre School is an educational community of students and teachers dedicated to the orderly exchange of information and ideas. Within this community the Honor Code is structured to provide a framework to protect each individual's personal and professional integrity. It is this concern for each member of the community which sets Sayre apart as an institution. Learning extends beyond the daily lessons of the classroom and the Honor Code reminds community members of their responsibilities.  The Sayre Honor Council fosters an atmosphere in which the integrity of the individual is upheld at all times.

Each member of the Upper School is expected to acknowledge by his/her citizenship that lying, cheating, and stealing are not to be tolerated within the school.  It is the duty of the student body, collectively and individually, to actively support the Honor System. Any student who is witness to an Honor Code Violation is encouraged to take action to rectify the situation. In addition, students must respond with absolute truth if asked about an alleged infraction. 

The Honor Council is primarily responsible for overseeing a community whose daily life is grounded in the belief in the integrity and trust of the individual. This trust is the basis for all relationships both academic and personal.  The council has the obligation to oversee the Honor System, interpret the Honor Code to the student body and investigate infractions. 

The Honor Council is composed of ten students elected by the student body in the spring from a list of nominees presented to them by the faculty. Four of the members will be seniors, three juniors, two sophomores, and one freshman.

Student Council

The Student Council exists to serve the student body as a liaison to the faculty and administration. Members are expected to be students in good standing. The council makes proposals to the faculty for their consideration.

Class Trips

9th and 10th Grade Class Trips to Muhammad Ali Cultural Center, Frazier Kentucky History Museum, and Asbury University Challenge Course

In an effort to stay safe while providing similar opportunities to build relationships among peers as in past years, the freshman and sophomore trips will consist of day trips to different locations.  One day will be spent in Louisville touring the Muhammad Ali Cultural Center and the Frazier Kentucky History Museum while the other day will involve low ropes activities and canoeing at the Asbury University Challenge Course.  Through various activities, students will get to know each other as they work in teams to improve communication, solve problems, make decisions, and manage conflict.

11th and 12th Grade College Trips

During trips week, juniors travel together on a three-day tour of college campuses sponsored by the College Counseling Office. Each year, our college counselors choose a different set of schools to tour, with the intent of showing students a wide range of campus types, from large state universities to mid-size schools and small, liberal arts colleges. They choose schools in urban and suburban settings to show students that college campuses look and feel differently based on location. While touring college campuses with the counselors, our students learn what to look for on a campus, and the kinds of questions to ask, while also beginning to define some of their own preferences for size, type, and location of colleges suited to their interests. This year, our 11th grade students will spend time touring Clemson University; University of South Carolina; Furman University; Wofford College; and Vanderbilt University.

Seniors spend the time making visits to specific colleges for tours, interviews or overnight stays; working on college applications and essays; or reviewing for upcoming standardized tests.


Except for the academic honor societies, all clubs are open to any Upper School student showing interest and/or talents in a particular area. Additional clubs may be established during the school year. Activities include, but are not limited to:

Fly Fishing Club
Cupola (literary magazine) 
Pillars (yearbook) French Club 
Student Council Academic Team
Culinary Club
Pep Club 
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
Diversity Awareness
Community Matters ClubGay-Straight Alliance (GSA)
Young Republicans Young Democrats 
Green Team 
Young Libertarians
Bluegrass Youth Sustainability (off campus)KYA/KUNA/Y Club
Multicultural ClubChess Club 
Math Club
UK Sports Club
Knitting ClubDisaster Relief
Photography ClubMusic Club
Teen Court 
Dungeons and Dragons Club


Selected Upper School students are trained to mentor Lower and Middle School students. Through activities and discussion, they examine issues of respect, conflict resolution, and communication.

Community Service

All students are required to participate in community service. Service projects are completed in small groups, with advisories or individually depending on student interest and skill. The Philemon Society is one facet of the program which actively involves students in philanthropic efforts. Students also lead, organize, and participate in raising money or making other donations for the benefit of others.


Students in multi-aged small groups participate in special programs and social activities to build and support community. The faculty advisor serves as an adult resource and advocate for those students.

Healthy Minds and Bodies

Sexuality, drug, and alcohol educational programs, including Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD).
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