The Lexington School

The Lexington School Photo #1 - A 40 acre campus with native woods, creek, athletic fields, 3 playgrounds, a school garden, walking paths, even chickens and honey bees makes for a backyard experience like no other school in the region. It's all here.
The Lexington School Photo #1 - A 40 acre campus with native woods, creek, athletic fields, 3 playgrounds, a school garden, walking paths, even chickens and honey bees makes for a backyard experience like no other school in the region. It's all here.
The Lexington School Photo #2 - School trips are one way we teach resilience.
The Lexington School Photo #3 - As a preschool-8th grade connected experience, our big kids are mentors and role models for our littles. They take care of each other like family.
The Lexington School Photo #4 - Curiosity and Creativity are 21st century (Mission Skills) we never take for granted. Our teachers are trained to facilitate this type of learning through content and quality instruction.
The Lexington School Photo #5 - High quality teaching is about developing a relationship with the kids you teach. An environment of trust is essential to children taking risks, stretching to learn, and learning to overcome obstacles. This relationship is the cornerstone of The Lexington School's mission and philosophy.
The Lexington School Photo #6 - Diversity and inclusion is a top priority at The Lexington School. Our demographic makeup reflects Lexington MSA. We are a welcoming comfortable place for all children.
The Lexington School Photo #7 - Ethics is a mission skill. The Lexington School nurtures compassion for others and a commitment to service to others.
The Lexington School Photo #8 - The Lexington School offers more Science than any other school in the region starting as early as Prekindergarten. Topical for focus and hands-on for comprehension, Science is a VERB at The Lexington School.
The Lexington School Photo #9 - With more athletic options than any other elementary school in the region, practices and games take place right here on campus, and child development is the focus of the athletic philosophy. Anyone can join and be a part of any team. That's how kids learn, and that's how they develop a passion.
The Lexington School provides an education of the highest quality in a structured, nurturing community. We instill integrity, a joyful pursuit of learning, and a strong work ethic.
In our supportive environment where children are known, they develop courage. Courageous children take risks, and we embrace the growth that emerges from their success and failure.
We succeed when our graduates crave achievement and live with a purpose beyond themselves.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked KY School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 600 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $24,000
  • Acceptance rate: 65%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

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

Sports offered

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
600 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 11%
Students by Grade
The Lexington School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
80 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
14 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Khaki pants, solid-colored shirt with a collar--unform dress/coat and tie on Fridays

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition for grades 1-8 all-inclusive. PS tuition varies by schedule. See Admission link on website for details.
Summer Program Cost
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Geriann Blevins
Admissions Associate
Virginia Daugherty
Endowment Size
$40 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
9 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess Team, Chinese Classes, Destination Imagination, Girls On The Run, Scouts, Speech and Debate

Arts and Music Programs:
Applied Music Lessons, Fine Arts Program

Recreational Athletic Programs:

School Notes

  • The Lexington School's developmental preschool and academic K-8 program maintain small class sizes that encourage teacher/student trust & promote courageous learning. All children are challenged through an active, hands-on curriculum that focuses on content and on teaching character traits (Mission Skills) like creativity, curiosity, ethics, time management, teamwork, and resilience.
  • Our 40-acre campus includes 3 playgrounds, beautiful athletic fields, native woods, walking trails, and a creek where children of all ages spend quality time playing and learning in this outdoor classroom.
  • In addition to the "traditional" program, The Lexington School offers a school within the school for children with language-based learning differences (Dyslexia). The Learning Center is a program specific to The Lexington School (no other program like it in the state) with student-teacher ratios of 4-1 and a specialized program that gives children the tools for success in any classroom.
  • A private, independent education of the highest quality for toddlers through 8th grade in Lexington, Kentucky, The Lexington School is ranked among the best private elementary schools in the country.
  • The Lexington School was founded in 1959 by Josephine Abercrombie for talented children in preschool through 8th grade. Today the school serves toddlers through middle school and continues to provide a high-quality academic education that maximizes each child's potential. The goal of the school is to develop the whole child emotionally, socially, and cognitively in the most engaging way and encourages a life-long curiosity and drive for achievement.
  • Located in Lexington, Kentucky on what used to be a horse farm, the school enjoys 40 acres of lush green fields, woods, and streams and 140,000 square feet of cutting edge instructional indoor space.With a 7 to 1 student to teacher ratio, children enjoy a differentiated curriculum that allows for the support and challenge they need to stretch and grow as 21st-century learners.
  • A high retention rate among the schools' strong faculty cultivates family and encourages long-standing relationships with thousands of past parents and alumni who still call the school home.
  • Strategically positioned for sustainability, a professional Board of Trustees oversees a top 10 endowment for the school's category and size.
  • Dedicated to equity and inclusion, the school is committed to welcoming families and faculty of diverse backgrounds.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does The Lexington School cost?
The Lexington School's tuition is approximately $24,000 for private students and $350 for summer students.
What is the acceptance rate of The Lexington School?
The acceptance rate of The Lexington School is 65%, which is lower than the national average of 93%. The Lexington School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Kentucky with low acceptance rates.
Does The Lexington School offer a summer program?
Yes, The Lexington School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does The Lexington School offer?
The Lexington School offers 15 interscholastic sports: Archery, Basketball, Cheering, Climbing, Cross Country, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee and Volleyball. The Lexington School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Kentucky for most sports offered.
What is The Lexington School's ranking?
The Lexington School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Kentucky for: Lowest average acceptance rates, Largest student body and Most sports offered.
When is the application deadline for The Lexington School?
The application deadline for The Lexington School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
In what neighborhood is The Lexington School located?
The Lexington School is located in the Garden Springs neighborhood of Lexington, KY. There are 1 other private schools located in Garden Springs.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (9 reviews)
As an alumni I am so grateful that I was able to attend TLS, it is not only a school but also a place many of my old classmates feel was a second home. Many of the students start at TLS when they are 3-4 and will spend the next 10 years creating the most amazing friendships, learning from incredible teachers, and consistently gaining a unique and rich relationship with the surrounding world. Students are taught to explore their own ideas, challenge their peers, and to always be respectful. There is not a better school for prospective parents to debate on, and the opportunities that are available to graduates from high school to college are limitless. Become a colt, and never look back!
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My wife and I both attended public schools in grades 1-12 and have a wonderful experience. We were hesitant to send our two children to TLS for multiple reasons. We toured the school and decided to send our first child to TLS and have never looked back. Both children love school and are receiving a top notch education. We are very pleased and have no regrets. The school is well worth the money.
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TLS is wonderful, I could not ask for a better school!
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TLS is more than just about school. It is a place where my children have learned about character, courage, leadership, humanity, giving, self-confidence, respect, and so much more! They teach the whole child, and help us as families mold them into successful, thoughtful, motivated and kind adults. TLS is what school is ideally about. And they do an amazing job at all of it!
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Our oldest is in her 7th year at The Lexington School. We have all 3 of our kids there. It did not take long for our family to fall in love with this home away from home. The teachers truly care both about the kids' academic success and their happiness. The faculty and staff are giving them all the skills they will need to someday leave TLS and conquer life. In addition, with three kids there, we have also been able to see how perfect a place it can be for three totally different little people.
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I couldn't ask for a better school for my children. The education is top notch, but they are also teaching young minds how to be a valuable part of society. I'm so happy and feel so fortunate to be able to send my children to such a fantastic school.
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Amazing school with excellent, engaged, excited teachers. My children have excelled under the curriculum and environment of The Lexington School.
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As a parent who went through the public school system, I sometimes question whether or not the sacrifice and expense are worth it. In addition to my own child's happiness and love of his school, this independent ranking validates that TLS is a place of exceptional academic standards. It also affirms that, yes, a private school education at TLS is worth it.
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TLS teachers and staff are passionate about creating a nurturing school community, with students engaged in their learning environment...One of the best investments a parent can make, ensuring their child cultivates a love for learning.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked KY School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 600 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $24,000
  • Acceptance rate: 65%
  • 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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