Admission Process

The purpose of the admission process is to find a mutually good fit between families and the school. Sayre seeks to enroll mission-appropriate students whose families will be supportive members of the school community. The following steps help determine a good fit for admission.

Inquire and Apply

Contact the Admission Office to schedule a campus tour, submit the Online Inquiry Form, or complete the Online Application. There is a $75 application fee.


Schedule a campus visit to see the facilities, visit classrooms, and meet the appropriate teachers or coaches who fit your child’s interests. Mr. Oldham is available year-round to meet with families. If you do not apply before touring, submit the application after the tour.

Student Visit & Assessment

After submitting the application, schedule a classroom visit so your child can attend classes, meet teachers and students, and complete an academic assessment. Student visits range from 20-30 minutes for Preschool applicants, to half-day or full-day visits for older students. Assessments take place during the visit, and are age and grade-level appropriate to gauge the student’s academic and developmental readiness to be successful at Sayre.

Records & Recommendations

Upon receiving the application, Sayre will request records and teacher recommendations from the current school. It may take some time to receive the information back from the other school, so often it helps if parents can provide copies of report cards, progress reports, and standardized testing to keep the process moving forward while we wait for the records request to be fulfilled.

Admission Decision

Once the application is complete and the student has visited, Mr. Oldham meets with the admission committee in the appropriate academic division to make our decision.


If the student has been accepted for admission, Mr. Oldham will send a letter with the enrollment contract. To secure a spot, families sign and return the contract with a non-refundable tuition deposit ($500 for Preschool grades or $1,000 for K-12).

International Students

Sayre welcomes international students to apply for admission, whether they will be staying for one year through a recognized student exchange program, or living with relatives or a host family and planning to enroll for multiple years. In the last few years, we have had wonderful experiences with international students who have earned Sayre diplomas in the Upper School and now attend excellent American colleges and universities.

Application Process

International students who wish to apply for admission as a part of a recognized student exchange program, or as an independent international student inquiring directly to Sayre, must complete the following steps to begin the process:

  • Submit the  Preliminary I-20 Form, the application for admission, and the $125 application fee
  • Submit transcripts for all current and previous high school grades, or grades for the last two years if applying for 9th Grade
  • Submit a recent Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL or TOEFL Junior) or other commonly accepted test of English proficiency.
  • Schedule a Skype interview with the Admission Office

* Families moving together to Lexington from outside the U.S. should contact the Admission Office to discuss the standard admission process.

Once an international student has been accepted for admission:

  • Sign and return the enrollment contract along with the non-refundable $1,000 tuition deposit
  • Make an appointment for an interview with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to present the SEVIS I-20 form prepared by Sayre School. The visa can only be granted 120 days or less in advance of the beginning date of Sayre School for the upcoming school year.
  • Make living arrangements and accommodations for the student’s 10-month course of study. Sayre does not provide accommodations for international students but can assist students in making local connections with possible host families.
  • Arrive in Lexington no earlier than 30 days prior to the first day of school, and report to the Admission Office prior to the first day of school with your passport and visa


Sayre School is granted the authority to admit and host international students through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Student Exchange and Visitors Program (SEVP). Once the student arrives and begins school, the Admission Office will monitor the student’s progress and his/her travel to and from the U.S. through the Student and Exchange Visitors Information System (SEVIS).

Make Your Mark at Sayre

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