Sayre School

Our Mission: 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 is downtown Lexington's only independent co-educational college preparatory day school, serving students from age two through twelfth grade.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked KY School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Sayre School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Kentucky for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Dyslexia, Math, ADD/ADHD, Language-based, etc
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 11%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
92 teachers
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
14 students
Number of AP Courses
19 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Art, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, French, Music Theory, Physics, Spanish, Statistics, U.S. Government, U.S. History
Average SAT score
(Out of 1600)
Average ACT score
(Out of 36)
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Dress code for grades K-12

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Preschool tuition depends on 3 or 5 days, and noon or afternoon dismissal. Tuition varies by division from K-12. Please see the website for current tuition rates and financial aid. PS-Grade 12 Tuition $7, 285-$27,560
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Admissions Director
Jeff Oldham
Admissions Associate
Elizabeth Clay



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
28 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Academic Team (Middle & Upper), Chess Club (Middle), Community Service, Debate Club, Diversity Club, FCA, French Club (Upper), French Honor Society, Green Club (Upper), Green Council (Upper), Kentucky Youth Assembly (Middle & Upper), KUNA, Math Club, National Honor Society, Newspaper Club, Pep Club (Upper), Political Clubs (Upper), Pre Med Club, Spanish Honor Society, Student Council, Yearbook - Pillars

Arts and Music Programs:
Lower School Chorus, Lower School Drama (after school), Middle School Chorus

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Basketball Camps, Lower School Basketball YMCA, Mens Volleyball Club (Upper), Tennis Clinic (Lower School)

School Notes

  • Sayre`s academic program spans three divisions from preschool age 2 through twelfth grade, providing valuable continuity as children develop and grow across divisions. The academic program is rich in content and comprehensive in skill development, unfolding incrementally as it crosses grade levels. Our fundamental goal is to educate students to be independent thinkers, who graduate with the intellectual and emotional preparation needed to pursue their educational and personal goals with confidence and integrity. A warm, openly inclusive atmosphere pervades the school, bolstered by close relationships between faculty and students, where they learn to take intellectual risks and respectfully express opinions.Located in the heart of central Kentucky, in the downtown historic district of Lexington, Sayre provides students an opportunity to participate in the life of the local community through experiential learning opportunities and community service, while sharing with students a global perspective that transcends its regional boundaries. An academic program that focuses on 21st century skills including collaboration, critical thinking and creativity is the blueprint for teachers as they help students develop their ability to read closely, communicate clearly both verbally and in writing, and problem solve adeptly.Sayre School is fully accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). Further, Sayre is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and the Kentucky Association of Independent Schools (KAIS).In addition, Sayre is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC), Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB), and the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE).The school is fully sanctioned by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA).
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What sports does Sayre School offer?
Sayre School offers 16 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Diving, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Wrestling. Sayre School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Kentucky for most sports offered.
What is Sayre School's ranking?
When is the application deadline for Sayre School?
The application deadline for Sayre School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
In what neighborhood is Sayre School located?
Sayre School is located in the Martin Luther King neighborhood of Lexington, KY.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
My child has thrived at Sayre School. This school not only invests in the education of the child but encourages them in all areas including arts, athletics, and music to create a well-rounded individual. We are a Sayre family now and it is truly rare when a school delivers in its effort and execution in creating the best human possible and fully prepared and set up for college.
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My child has had a wonderful experience at Sayre. The class sizes are second to none. He developed wonderful relationships with his classmates over the years, and I could not be happier. Direct instruction and personal relationships are built over time. College searches were easy when we had Sayre in our corner. Highly recommend.
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Excellent academic school. Teaches the whole child. Well round and productive kids come out of this program. Fantastic teachers focused on more than just test scores.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked KY School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Lexington, KY is $10,042 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Lexington, KY is 88% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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